I) THE STORY :
This idea of a modern symphony for guitar is born in 2007 on the Joe Satriani's T2J board, following the collective albums Satchurated Feedback 1 & 2. Around two years have been required to find onto the web a team of 8 guitar players which accept, starting with the unity of two words, "Birds & Symphony", to work voluntarily together onto an international & collective project dedicated to the guitar. A first version has been realized in 2009, with an unachieved first movement. This is the definitive version.
Special thanx to Joe Satriani and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
II) THE CONCEPT 8 :
Eight guitar players, 8 movements. One guitar player = one movement. We borrow to classical sinfonie idea two elements:
1) The diversity of timbres
2) The diversity of movements
Modern work, the diversity of timbres is produced with the variety of styles & tones expanded through the eight movements. Behind his symbolist libretto, Birds Believes proposes a plurality of the instrument's approachs.
III) THE LIBRETTO :
Birds Believes is a story about winged creatures & their singing.
Movement 1, "Dusk Hides inside Down" :
What is distinguishing dawn from dusk? What is separating night from day? A dawn here is always a dusk else.
Movement 2, "Dream of a Birdsong" :
Day's hatching, joy of first singing on the visible branch.
Movement 3, "Birds in Flight" :
Spreading one's wings, & flying rejoicing across the Sky.
Movement 4, "Murder in Full Flight" :
Irruption of the death, pain, & the fall on Earth.
Movement 5, "The Feast of the Buzzards" :
Interiorization of the idea of Death and conflicts near the corpse, big antagonist Day of the terrible crossing between Sky & Earth.
Movement 6, "The Raven's Head" :
Interiorization of native fate and willpower of fight for a Stay, despite of the Sky & Earth's tear, despite of the sovereign Night.
Movement 7, "Blue Colt":
The diurnal & nocturnal plenitude of the Sky and Earth flight, under a cosmic night.
Movement 8, "Winter Migration" :
The migration seasonal cycle is accomplished. The ultimate taking wing hangs from a dusk which is not the suspension of Night & Day's tears, but the Light of Nightfall, union of Sky & Earth inside Mystery.
"Dawndusk" _ Hölderlin.
released June 14, 2019
T2JSinfonie are :
Check BIRDS BELIEVES page onto bau-fred.com
for direct links near T2JSinfonie members.
Move 1 : Dusk Hides inside Dawn, by Fred Bau _ 2019
Move 2 : Dream of a Birdsong, by Matthew Sear _ 2009
Move 3 : Birds in Flight, by Ken Erickson _ 2009
Move 4 : Murder in Full Flight, by Thomas Bressel _ 2009
Move 5 : The Feast of the Buzzards, by Paul Clark _ 2009
Move 6 : The Raven's Head, by Mark London _ 2009
Move 7 : Blue Colt, by Roy Marchbank _ 2009
Move 8 : Winter Migration, by Steve Trott _ 2009