Dangerous Song

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo edit 2


This musical work is a collaboration between Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O’Keefe.

Linsey Pollak – Live Looping endangered animal calls using midi wind controller

Lizzie O’Keefe – voice

Linsey plays animal calls using a midi wind controller where breath, lip pressure and fingering control real animal call samples. He uses Live looping technology to instantaneously record layers of music as he plays. Live Looping is an artform which he has developed in ten different solo shows that have toured around Australia, Europe, Asia and America since 1996.

Lizzie O’Keefe is an incredibly versatile singer with an unbelievable range and diversity as well as an absolutely beautiful voice. She works across genres (jazz, classical, opera) and is an extraordinary improviser. Linsey has created many works over the years collaborating with a wide range of people. This musical collaboration between Lizzie and Linsey is an exciting one and although just begun in January 2015 it has developed very rapidly with a very strong musical rapport already existing which has created a new musical language with structured, yet very free improvisation at it’s core.

Once upon a time there was a planet called Earth. During many millions of years a rich, complex and beautiful ecosystem developed with an incredible variety of lifeforms. Over time one of the animal species in this ecosystem became dominant and their impact on the planet was so massive that many of the other species could no longer survive and became extinct. We take up the story during this extinction period, but the story is not told with words, as words have fallen on too many deaf ears for too long and people have stopped listening. The story is told through sound, through the voices of the animals themselves that are endangered. These animal calls speak directly to the heart in a way that words cannot. They are joined by one lone human voice, a voice of empathy, using no words but conversing and intertwining with the calls of the animals. There is no narrative, we already know most of the story, even if we choose to ignore it and don’t know the ending. So this piece is a song for the Planet, an inter-species choral work, and they’re singing for their lives! If their calls don’t affect you then nothing will.


Linsey Pollak – is well known all around Australia and the world as a musician, instrument maker, composer, and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Australia, Europe and Asia since 1996. He has also recorded 32 albums and devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo”, “Sound Forest” and “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu”.

Lizzie O’Keefe – Moving elegantly through jazz, folk, classical, Middle Eastern and other worldly styles, Lizzie O’Keefe is a dynamic and commanding vocalist with a unique signature style. The release of her debut solo EP Leaden Heart, cast Lizzie into the spotlight with the title track making her a finalist in the 2015 Queensland Music Awards.


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