Urban Birds
Urban Birds
6/26/21, 9:00 PM
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA

Are you longing to hear live music without going inside? Could your endless outdoor meet-ups use a little more pizazz? If so, glide and hop over to Urban Birds, an afternoon of musical performances for kids and adults. Urban Birds takes place at the Children’s Garden in Northeast LA’s Ernest Debs Park. It is co-presented by the Audubon Society and Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composer’s collective dedicated to making new music accessible. For this event, Synchromy commissioned 10 local composers to create works inspired by birds common to Southern California. The day’s 10 world premieres include Dante De Silva’s Heat Thrasher and Jen Wang’s Monster, an homage to the mourning dove.

Urban Birds offers many ways to engage. The performances are nestled throughout the trees of the Children’s Garden at the Audubon Visitors Center, and you’re welcome to wander through the musical oasis the way you’d wander through the park looking for birds, stopping to listen for a spell and moving along as you please. For adventurous listeners, Deb’s Park offers trails, gardens, and a turtle pond to explore. Our field guide to the featured birds is available as a free booklet in both English and Spanish for birders and the bird-curious alike. Posters throughout the site offer context for the music, and composers will hold a question-and-answer session at the close of the event. For kids inspired by the sounds and sights, we offer take-home activities, such as instructions for DIY binoculars and bird calls made from common household objects.

The event also celebrates the renovation and re-opening of the Audubon Center, a hub of habitat restoration and environmental justice whose primary goal is renewing the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. Synchromy supports this mission with music, bringing free live performances to Deb’s Park with following wide-winged local line-up:

Heat Thrasher - Dante De Silva

Monster - Jen Wang

Ash Throated Flycatcher - Christopher Adler

Crow Language - Jason Barabba

Mockingbird Hopscotch - Vera Ivanova

California Towhee - Veronika Krausas

Owl’s Breath - Pamela Madsen

Red Shouldered Hawk - Kenji Oh

Call and Echo - Brandon Rolle

Synchopomp - Diana Wade

Performers include Sean Barela (Bassoon), Rachel Beetz (Flute), Luc Kleiner (Voice), Christopher Adler (Khaen), Xenia Deviatkina-Loh (Violin), Brian Walsh (Clarinet), Scott Worthington (Contrabass), Theodosia Roussos (Oboe), Cassia Streb (Viola), and Jennifer Bewerse (Cello). Concert Design by Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse.

This performance was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.

Diagenesis Full Circle: A Farewell Concert

Registration is Closed
Diagenesis Full Circle: A Farewell Concert

Time & Location

May 25, 2019, 7:30 PM
Archie Bray Foundation, 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT 59602, USA


In May of 2011, in Helena, MT, Diagenesis Duo gave their first ever concert, the start of a tour that took the duo across the northern part of the US with stops in St. Paul, Chicago, and Boston. Now, almost exactly eight years later, the duo will give their farewell concert to Helena, MT with a performance at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.   


For almost 12 years, Helena has been home to Heather Barnes, soprano for Diagenesis. This summer she and her family will begin a new adventure in Kunshan, China. A musical goodbye, this concert will bring Heather and the duo full circle, as they perform pieces from their debut concert and their recent CD release, Hands and Lips of Wind.   


Described as “a radiant combination of text, music and performance, brilliantly realized and masterfully recorded" (Sequenza 21), Hands and Lips of Wind features works commissioned from Diagenesis’s close collaborators. Two of these pieces will be featured in the concert: the album’s title track, Hands and Lips of Wind, by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and Harrison Birtwistle's exquisite miniatures, Twelve Settings of Lorine Niedecker. The concert will also include works by Pauline Oliveros, James Kallembach, John White, Sean Griffin, and Helena’s own Lynn Petersen, whose Four Songs set the poetry of Ed Noonan.    


Admission: $15 general, $10 students 

Capacity is limited to 35 attendees, so reservations are recommended 

Guests may RSVP at HERE 


Parts of this concert will take place outdoors, so please bring clothing appropriate for a cool evening. Guests should also bring a chair or stool for comfortable outdoor seating.