(i) Kipara (Bush Turkey)
(ii) Whale Shark
Exotic is the last of four works to be completed as part of my composer_connecting_communities residency with the Youth Orchestras of Australia Network. The residency entails travelling to Youth Orchestras around the country, and developing and rehearsing works in collaboration with the participants in those ensembles. The four works together make up a larger work, titled Quadrants¬, with each composition relating to a point of the compass travelled to as part of the residency. The other three works are Wild for Intermediate Orchestra, Deep for Senior Orchestra, and Magnetic for Symphonic Wind Band.
Exotic was written for the WAYMA Collegium and their conductor Grace Ah-Quee. I thank Grace and the musicians for their energy and enthusiasm in bringing the work to life, and for their invaluable suggestions during gestation.