Elegy for A Seastar (2020) by Hilary Kleinig ft. Clocked Out Ensemble
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Elegy for A Seastar (2020) by Hilary Kleinig ft. Clocked Out Ensemble

Elegy for A Seastar (2020) by Hilary Kleinig World premiered at the Women of Noise International Women's Day Concert: 6 March 2020, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Performers Violoncello: Hilary Kleinig Clocked Out Ensemble Percussion: Vanessa Tomlinson Piano: Erik Griswold "A couple of years ago I read an article in 'The Conversation', the journal, and it was called 'Eulogy for a Seastar', and it was about Australia's first marine extinction. I'll just read you the first bit of the article: "We see the surface of the sea: the rock pools, the waves, the horizon. But there is so much more going on underneath, hidden from view. The sea’s surface conceals human impact as well. Today, I am writing a eulogy to the Derwent River Seastar (or starfish), that formerly inhabited the shores near the Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania. It is Australia’s first documented marine animal extinction and one of the few recorded anywhere in the world."* I was really struck by this at the time and thought it would be really great to write a piece about it. At the time I though, 'well, how do you mourn for something that you never knew existed.' And in these changing times, with so much changing all the time it seemed like something really important to think about. It's ended up as an epic love song to the Derwent River Seastar." *Source: https://theconversation.com/eulogy-for-a-seastar-australias-first-recorded-marine-extinction-103225 We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country, the Turrbal, Yagera, Jagera, Yugarapul and Quandamooka peoples, and their Elders, past, present and future. Sovereignty was never ceded.