"What little throat
Has framed that note?
What gold beak shot
It far away?" *
At last year's NI Science Festival, HIVE Choir broke the 4th wall of your laptop screen with their interactive online concert HIVEsplaining: Your Ears - a musical exploration of the science behind human hearing.
This year, HIVE alight on a new research topic to hatch a fully-fledged new show - HIVEsplaining: Birds!
Belfast's resident weirdo vocal brood have put all their eggs in one basket and are fluttering around to find out more about birds: their bodies, their migrations, and how they relate to our wider ecosystem. HIVE have been hopping through books, articles and the hidden nests of the internet to help peck apart the big questions: Why do we love the sound of birdsong? What do birds think? And why are we so jealous of their power of flight?
So join HIVE Choir for an artistic exploration of all things ornithological. As usual, expect them to ruffle some feathers as they wing-it with some alternative musical notation, improvisation and sound games. Get ready to warble, caw, cheep, chatter, and chirp as HIVE take wing on a musical adventure through the world of birds.
* Excerpt from Frank O'Connor's translation of the 11th Century Irish poem commonly known as 'Blackbird of Belfast Lough'