Trio strike chord with kids

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Alicia Per­era

A rock and blue­grass band which pro­motes the im­por­tance of con­ser­va­tion through mu­sic vis­its North West schools from next week as part of this year’s WA re­gional tour from Mu­sica Viva.

The not-for-profit Aus­tralian mu­sic or­gan­i­sa­tion is bring­ing three-piece band Zeeko to 12 schools in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley from July 17 to 26 as part of its an­nual tour to in­spire chil­dren through mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Schools in New­man, Dampier, Wick­ham, Kar­ratha, Parabur­doo and North Tom Price, as well as Derby and Broome, will be stops for the sea­soned per­form­ers.

Mu­sica Viva WA State man­ager Lind­say Lover­ing said Zeeko was a high-qual­ity band with some pow­er­ful mes­sages be­hind their per­for­mance.

“It is a pow­er­ful and mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to wit­ness the im­pact of a group like Zeeko,” Mr Lover­ing said.

“They bring such a di­rect and mean­ing­ful ex­pres­sion to the term cul­tural di­ver­sity through song and dance.”

Zeeko’s mu­sic is in­flu­enced by blue­grass, Caribbean rhythms, jazz and am­bi­ent mu­sic and their per­for­mances take stu­dents on a jour­ney ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral world through orig­i­nal songs and sound­scapes us­ing glass bot­tles, squeaky toys and body per­cus­sion.

The Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley leg of the tour is be­ing sup­ported by Rio Tinto, which is a long-term ed­u­ca­tion part­ner of the Mu­sica Viva In Schools pro­gram in WA.

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions Linda Daw­son said the com­pany was proud to help give North West school­child­ren the op­por­tu­nity to learn from a live mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence. “In­equity of ac­cess and lack of teacher train­ing are two of the most press­ing is­sues im­pact­ing the qual­ity and avail­abil­ity of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in schools,” Ms Daw­son said.

“That is why Rio Tinto be­gan sup­port­ing Mu­sica Viva back in 2010, help­ing en­sure all WA pri­mary schools across our vast State can ben­e­fit from this es­sen­tial as­pect of the cur­ricu­lum.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mu­sica Viva In Schools pro­gram or their Pil­bara per­for­mances, go to mu­si­ca­

Pic­ture: Karen Steains

Zeeko mem­bers David He­witt, Jess Ci­ampa and Jess Haas are tour­ing Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley schools with Mu­sica Viva from next week.

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