“Like all unfamiliar forms of music, making discoveries is 99% percent of the journey.”
These words by Gordon Skene, host of the Past Daily blog, encapsulate what IndoJazzia is about, and particularly what goes into our compilations. When we start, perhaps with just one word in mind, we usually have no idea what the end result will be. And that’s half the fun.
‘Murmuration’ is one such word which popped up, and not a word you read every day. This photo is worth a thousand words of explanation …
That murmuration is a gathering of several thousand birds of a feather, probably starlings, flocking together in the evenings before settling in to their favourite roost in trees. Just as bats ‘flock together’ when leaving their daytime roosts in caves around the same time, what is happening is a collective defence against birds of prey: there’s safety in numbers.
Perhaps more relevant to a music blog is this image …
birds on a wire sing like a choir
01. Andy Summers – Low Flying Doves
02. Madeleine Peyroux – Fickle Dove
03. Natalia Mateo – Turtle Dove
04. Lol Coxhill – Two Little Pigeons
05. Chris Cundy – Hello Pigeon (for Lol Coxhill)
06. Michael Naura – Black Pigeon
07. Jacob Karlzon Trio – Bye Bye Blackbird
08. Mara Rosenbloom – Red-Winged Blackbirds
09. Bill Frisell – Hawks
10. Marilyn Crispell & David Rothenberg – The Hawk and the Mouse
11. Miroslav Vitous – Eagle
12. Oregon – The Swan
13. Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone & London Vocal Project – Bereaved Swan
While you are waiting for the folder, have a listen to a dawn chorus in London.
Note: these birds aren’t caged and are pleased to greet the day.