Work

Pitohui (2007)

Mark Duggan

violin, cello, and gamelan

Performances

  • 18 Apr 2012 8:00 pm
    Montréal
    Salon qb 2012 | Homage Series Ana Sokolović
    Duggan | Klanac | Oesterle | Smith | Sokolović
  • 22 May 2012 8:00 pm
    Toronto
    Homage Series Ana Sokolović
    Duggan | Klanac | Oesterle | Smith | Sokolović

Program Notes

Pitohui is the name of a species of songbird found in Papau New Guinea. Along with its bright reddish/orange coloring and song, it has the distinction of being the only poisonous bird on earth. Even casual contact with its feathers will produce a reaction in humans from toxins carried in the animal’s feathers and skin. The juxtaposition of both attractive and deadly qualities contained in an exotic culture was the primary inspiration for this work.