Syd and George
DR 2007
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Produced for Manfred Mixner and Deutschland Radio in 2007 by Jon Rose
  • Recordings of George the Lyrebird by Syd Curtis
  • Recordings of Syd Curtis by Jon Rose
  • All string quartet music derived from George's vocalisations and composed and played by Jon Rose

This is the story of the relationship between Syd Curtis, a member of Homo sapiens and retired park ranger; and George, an Albert's Lyrebird or Menura alberti, who lived in Lamington National Park, Australia. They are both sadly no longer with us. In later parts of the composition, both species tend to morph into each other. (extract only)

What's New

June 2021
'Figures of Eight' - a work from 1974, updated, and given a thrilling performance by violinist Emma Roijackers.
Haarlem Lichtfabriek, Holland
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my new double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
September 2021
'Corrugations' heralds a new music series starting in Alice Springs - we just moved into a new house here big enough to hold the Rosenberg Museum and performances.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
September 2021 - delayed Premiere
Jon is currently composing 'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. The work is inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA
Brno, Czech Republic
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