‘Ohana o ka Manu

(2018) 4′

'Ohana o ka Manu (Family of Birds) was composed as the fifth movement of the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds, a collaborative composition that pairs six Hawaii composers with six Hawaii animators. This movement, accompanied by animation by Laurie Sumiye, paints portraits of extant Hawaiian forest birds. Structured as a kind of "mini concerto for orchestra," 11 different bird songs are imitated by various instruments in the orchestra. In the end, as all the extant birds all gather together in a single tree, the birds' calls are layered atop each other, creating a sonorous cacophony.


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