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nga manu (the birds) was written for Duet d'Ocells to be performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. It depicts four typical native New Zealand birds and their habitats.
- Kea - a large, curious and sometimes destructive parrot found in the mountain ranges;
- Tui - the native songbird whose beautiful virtuosic melodies are interrupted with deep, guttural groans;
- Ruru - the tiny native owl who inhabits the nocturnal landscape;
- And the cheeky, acrobatic Piwakawaka, or fantail, that darts through the air changing direction in a split-second as it snaps up tiny insects in mid-flight.