With Gareth back from his 3 Month Stint in Europe earlier this year and ensconced back in beautiful Tasmania where he currently resides he has created this work that is close to his heart along with vocals and lyrics to go with it.
Gone to Earth is a homage or eulogy which mourns our extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). The lyrics are inspired by Tasmanian poet Vivian Smith, who published his poem Thylacine in 1953.
The song carries a broad environmental message, advocating for the preservation of nature & wilderness. It seems timely to emphasise the intersection of music & nature, & the potential role of music in promoting ecological awareness.
Early popular music exploring environmental topics can be traced back to gospel, blues & folk music. The message can be overtly activist, or alternately more subtle, in which trees, streams or other natural phenomena are personified & revered in the tradition of paganism. A bond with nature is also present in Western Art (classical) Music. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is an exuberant celebration of nature, while Schubert’s Song Cycles express a reverence for the natural world & our relationship within it.
Gareth Koch is an ARIA Award winning multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, guitar soloist, composer & songwriter. He has recorded a sizeable repertory across multiple genres spanning works for classical guitar, flamenco, original compositions, arrangements, medieval projects, rock & songwriting. He has appeared at major festivals within Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.
Checkout ‘Gone To Earth’ Out Now (Foghorn/MGM)
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