Cries across the water

Cries across the water

Sandra Conte

28th May 2013

The inimitable musician and composer, Linsey Pollak, ‘provided a preview sample of his ‘Cries across the water’ Floating Land performance at the recent media launch of that festival.

As attendees looked out across the Noosa River, engaged in quietude and contemplation as to those amazing creatures in our animal kingdom facing extinction, Linsey summoned individual sounds of a selection of endangered species as if from the depths of the river. Calling out were the Houston Toad of Texas, the northern gastric brooding frog of Eungella, the black rhino and crested gibbon, among others.

The program bill for the Floating Land lists the Crested Gibbon, Black Rhino, Carnaby’s Cockatoo, Kroombit Tinker Frog and more as part of the festival performances. At the outset of each concert, Linsey introduces and honours each by their natural call, and acknowledges their status as to whether being vulnerable, endangered or extinct as well as detailing their geographic location.

A performer who gives his audience the time, space and inclination to engage with the emotion required and to be afforded to these magnificent creatures, this is a musical encounter of another realm, incorporating live looping and tuned sound samples.

Head down for sundown to Dunns Beach, looking across Lake Cootharaba, Queensland, Australia, on Sunday June 2, Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 7 from 5-5.45pm – be prepared to return to every performance as ‘Cries across the water’ beckons repeat audiences.

Linsey Pollak performs a preview of ‘Cries across the water’, Floating Land 2013 festival media launch. Photograph Sandra Conte.

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