Northern Lights

Listen to a recording of Michael’s Northern Lights, written by Artistic Director Michael Sollis after travelling through the Arctic in November 2014, in search of the Aurora Borealis, joined by Astronomer Fred Watson.  The resultant composition tells a magical tale of the aurora in a Snow White-esque land of ice and twilight.  This seventy minute piece contains fourteen movements representing the passing of twenty-four hours as the girl searches for the sun.

Recorded live by The Griffyn Ensemble, National Gallery of Australia, 2015.  Samples are from The Mickey Mouse Theatre of the Air (1938); Norman Z. McLeod’s Alice in Wonderland (1933); The Grimm brothers Children’s and Household Tales (1812); Ovid’s Metamorphoses (8 AD); and Astronomer Fred Watson (2015).

Once upon a time there was a girl who lived in the sky and bathed in the sun.  A terrible curse was placed upon her, and she was sent down to the darkness of the earth, where the sun couldn’t quite reach.  She could not remember who she was or why she was there, but she knew she had to find the sun to break the curse.  This is her story, where she follows the sound of water and stars in the sky to finally be eternally illuminated by the sun as the Phoenix Aurora.

M.