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LIVEWORKS Festival of Experimental Art

Night Songs

October 28, 2022 @ 8:30pm

Created by legendary Australian experimental musician and composer Jon RoseNight Songs is a remarkable sonic experience: an interspecies engagement between the 13-million-year-old music of a uniquely Australian songbird—the Pied Butcherbird—and contemporary human musicians. 

Drawing from musicologist Dr. Hollis Taylor’s extensive field recordings of Pied Butcherbird songs, Night Songs is a compression of geography and time. Taylor’s archive of the birds’ songs come from Centralia, Western Australia and Far North Queensland. Pied Butcherbirds (Cracticus Nigrogularis) sing their longform songs at night in spring, and this performance shrinks a twelve hour period from early evening, overnight (the time of maximum singing), to the next morning (a multi-species chorus) into a one-hour concentrated audio-visual performance. Jon Rose has arranged this music for eight human musicians and is performed by Sydney’s premiere new music group Ensemble Offspring.

A glimpse of Night Songs can be found here.

$45 General Admission / $35 Concession
245 Wilson St
Eveleigh, NSW 2015 Australia
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Date & Time

October 26 @ 8:30 pm
October 27 @ 8:30 pm
October 28 @ 6:00 pm
October 28 @ 8:30 pm


Track 8, Carriageworks
245 Wilson St
Eveleigh, NSW 2015 Australia


General Admission / $35 Concession



Jon RoseNight Songs (14 movements)
flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet/double trumpet, trombone, percussion, double bass (2022) WP

Program duration: 60 minutes


Claire Edwardes (percussion/conductor/Artistic Director)
Lamorna Nightingale (flutes)
Ben Opie (oboe)
Jason Noble (clarinet/bass clarinet)
Ben Hoadley (bassoon)
Callum G’Froerer (trumpets)
Rhys Little (trombone)
Benjamin Ward (double bass)

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Night Songs