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

March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
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
November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
Brno, Czech Republic
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