Digital release October 7th 2022

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Requiem for Dying Species is a collection of musical stories about four threatened species, all suffering from threats caused by human behaviour like ranching, poaching, by-catch, bushfires, and climate change. 

The stories are told through soundscapes and interpretations of national traditions, animal sounds voiced with extended techniques and played on four different flutes. 

Spix’s macaw is performed on the wooden traverso, inspired by the wildlife of the Brazilian tropical forest and flutter of bird wings. 

White Rhino is played on the C flute and alludes to African drumming, dancing and singing punctuated by rhino stomps and grunts. 

Vaquita Porpoise follows the playful underwater animal in the glittering Mexican Gulf and its cry for survival with the deep and mellow sound of the alto flute.

Koala draws on the didgeridoo and bushfires of Australia, with the deep voice of the bass flute imitating the unexpected yet charming throaty growl of the koala. 

 

 

Spix's macaw was officially declared distinct in 2019 and no longer to be found at its native home in the tropical forest of Caatinga, Brazil: a home continually threatened by industrial and agricultural development as well as widespread desertification linked to climate change.  Recently, however, a team of devoted conservationists bred Spix’s macaws in Germany and brought them back to their native habitat, hoping they manage to survive in the wildernes. 

 

There are two northern white rhinos left in the world, Fatu and Nadjin. They grew up in captivation in Czech Republic but now live a guarded life in their native inhabitat in Kenya. The Rhino population has suffered from poaching, caused by a great demand for rhino horns, which are sold on the black market. 

The last male, Sudan, died in 2018 and the survival of the northern white rhino is depending on scientist to succeed with experimental techniques. They have created embryos from Fatu’s eggs and fertilized with sperm from the Black Rhino. Both Najin and Fatu are too old to carry a pregnancy to term, so a surrogate rhino is needed for the process.  

 

Spring 2022 the population of the vaquita porpoise was down to 10. 

They live in the Mexican Gulf of California. Many have drowned as they get entangled in gillnets which are used in illegal fishing for toboaba, a large fish from which the swim-bladder is used in traditional Chinese medicine and sold at extravagant prices.

A lot of actions has been made to save the vaquita porpoise and hope for their survival is still great if they can escape the gillnets. 

 

The Australian koala faces many dangers: Bushfires, inability to adabt to climate change, road kills, dog kills, and chlamydia are threats that has killed half the koala population in the last 20 years. Recently research has declared five different koala groups extinct and the koala is now listed an endangered species. The cuteness doesn’t rescue one of Australias beloved national symbols and further action is needed to save the koala.

Marie Sønderskov is a danish flutist, composer and improviser expanding the boundaries of traditional flute music. Mainly working in the field of contemporary music she mix genres and traditions to enrich the possibilities for expressions and include voice in her works. 

Works includes two pieces for flute ensemble:  “Saltøje” was premiered at Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival, Nebraska, USA in 2019 and “The Lost Forest” was premiered at RAMA Festival in Aarhus, Denmark 2022. 

Marie Sønderskov is a founding member of the new music quartet, NJYD, performing new commisions and cross-aesthetic art collaborations. 

With bassist, Erik Higgins, she forms Polarflare. A duo playing original music on baroque instruments.

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