Talking About Birds (feat. Song Yuzhe)

by Tinderbox Orchestra

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‘Talking About Birds’ is an epic 16-minute journey in two parts. From soaring saxophone solos to barren soundscapes, experimental choirs and haunting folk melodies, the recording features over 100 musicians and singers aged 12 to 80. This awe-inspiring collaboration is underpinned by the thundering vocals of lead singer Song Yuzhe and the immense sound of the full Tinderbox Orchestra & backline. The result is a profoundly original and timeless piece of music.

The track depicts a mystical scene from a new opera (in development) by Song Yuzhe, in which an unlikely gathering of animals undertake a boat crossing to a holy mountain and are held-up by a furious battle of birds overhead.


released August 18, 2019

Thanks to the many musicians in the Tinderbox Orchestra, to the Maidens of Music choir, and to the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin who all feature on the recording.

Ben Collard - Drums, Emily Brown - Trombone, Frazer Knox - Electric Guitar, Graham Coe - Cello, Jack Nissan - Piano & Keys, Lissa Robertson - Violin and Vocals, Lorna Simpson - Poem & Vocals, Nathaniel Haas - Bass Guitar, Sam Irvine - Alto Saxophone, Song Yuzhe: Lead Vocals.

Composer: Song Yuzhe
Orchestration: Jack Nissan, Luci Holland, Song Yuzhe
Musical Director & Producer: Jack Nissan

Recording, Mixing & Production: Garry Boyle, Slate Room Studio & Castle Sound Studios.
Mastering: Stuart Hamilton, Castlesound Studios.

Production by Tinderbox Collective


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Tinderbox Orchestra Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh-based alternative youth orchestra.

With a cast of national and international collaborators, we bring people together, working with young musicians to ignite their imaginations, develop skills and self-confidence, and provide creative opportunities to those who need them most.

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