In tune for the fes­ti­val

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

AWARD-winning poet Re­nee Pet­titt-Schipp and mu­si­cians/ed­u­ca­tors Jenny Gaunt and Ash­ley Schipp are team­ing up for a performance at the Den­mark Fes­ti­val of Voice.

A Ca­sua­r­ina res­i­dent, Jenny is the mu­sic teacher at Suc­cess Pri­mary School. She has been work­ing with Re­nee’s po­ems to turn her tales of liv­ing and work­ing on Christ­mas Is­land and the Cocos (Keel­ing) Is­lands into songs.

Jenny will per­form some of these with Ash­ley Schipp at a show The Sky Runs Right Through Us, also the ti­tle of Re­nee’s re­cently launched book.

“Hav­ing mu­si­cians turn my po­etry into mu­sic is a gift,” Re­nee said.

“Wit­ness­ing some­one of Jenny Gaunt’s cal­i­bre deeply en­gag­ing with my work has been fas­ci­nat­ing, sur­pris­ing and re­ally mov­ing.

“Mu­sic not only brings my po­etry to a larger au­di­ence, but takes my words to an­other level. As an artist I have felt re­ally en­riched by the process.”

Two of these songs are be­ing recorded by Jenny, ready for re­lease later this year.

“Al­though I nor­mally write my own song lyrics, it’s an ex­pand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to work with the pow­er­ful words of an­other,” Jenny said.

“Work­ing with Re­nee’s po­ems has been a win­dow into her per­spec­tive on the world and very rewarding.”

Jenny Gaunt, Re­nee Pet­titt-Schipp and Ash­ley Schipp.

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