Community Event

A Season on the Wind | Music for Migratory Birds

Thu, May 23, 2024 7:30 pm – Tue, April 23, 2024 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

The Bowerbird Collective proudly presents ‘A Season on the Wind’, a cinematic concert based on author, ornithologist and conservationist Kenn Kaufman’s book of the same name. This event is an inspiring ode to migratory birds, and an unforgettable night of musical storytelling. A musical and visual journey from the shores of Lake Erie across the Americas, this 50-minute performance stars three internationally acclaimed musicians, and features spectacular visuals and soundscapes. Created by the Bowerbird Collective, an award-winning Australian-based organization making art for nature, at the invitation of the Biggest Week in American Birding festival and Kenn Kaufman himself, the work features a newly commissioned score by The Brothers Balliett (NYC), whose music is praised as “vivid, emotive, with contemporary twists”.

Also featured on the program is ‘Rivers are our Brothers’, a song cycle by Majel Connery on ecological responsibility told from the point of view of the land. Commissioned by Musica Sierra and created in partnership with Learning Landscapes, an educational program of the Feather River Land Trust, the songs in the cycle take a first-person view of nature, ascribing human qualities and feelings to elements of the landscape: water, trees, mountains, rivers, etc.

Majel Connery | vocals, keyboard
with The Bowerbird Collective
Simone Slattery | violin, vocals
Anthony Albrecht | cello