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Hive takes a tour around a beehive and honeybee colony to explore some of the behaviours and activities of bees. The question is not so much “What do bees do all day?” but “What can we find in the activities of bees to learn more about ourselves?”

In recent years I found myself stumbling upon news of Colony Collapse Disorder, an eerie and initially inexplicable phenomenon that kept haunting my feed as a reminder that the environment is very fragile, and the loss of something so small as bees could have huge and devastating effects on food supply for people. I started to read a little about bees, and while I’m just scratching the surface, the information I discovered about roles and social structures in the colony, gender and genetics, and about activities such as “dances” and the building of honeycomb, were fascinating and profoundly inspiring.

The theme wove itself organically into the activities around it: chatting with Neil and Catherine about the amazing properties of honey from the Greek island of Ikaria; the chance to finally collaborate with my husband Kieren Paynter, an artist (oil painter) who has been painting bees for many years, and who has created the cover image for this album recording; watching TED videos with our four-year-old daughter who learnt about the lifecycle of the bee at daycare.

Hive is in 13 movements, including solos and duos as well as electronics only, and each movement hones in on an aspect of the colony or the hive, but also departing from this core to reflect on migration, heritage and lineage, community, socioeconomic class, geometry, serialism and the classical tradition of the cl/vla/pno trio format.

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released June 30, 2017

Composer: Peggy Polias

The Nano Symphony
Viola: Neil Thompson
Clarinet: Catherine Thompson
Piano: Lee Akinsanya

Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Producer: Cameron Lam

Cover Art: Kieren Paynter
Graphic Design: Luke Moseley

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Peggy Polias Sydney, Australia

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter based in Sydney. She prepares scores, parts and other materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She continues to explore the influences of Javanese Gamelan, minimalism, feminism, fractals and handicrafts in her music.
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Track Name: The Nano Symphony - Buzzing
Buzzing 'round our Queen
Keeping, keeping her warm
Flying 'round Our Lady
Crowding, crowding we swarm

Sometimes I'm tired
My legs are sore
I'm working hard
I'm working for

My Queen
My Queen
My Queen