New ap­proach to clas­si­cal art

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

PRE-TEENS from across the Lock­yer Val­ley were en­cour­aged to chan­nel their in­ner Beethoven in a three-day work­shop held at the Old But­ter Fac­tory in Gran­tham last week.

De­scribed as “ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic in an ac­ces­si­ble way” the group of 15 used a range of in­stru­ments and ob­jects to make sound be­fore trans­form­ing their work into a mu­si­cal piece.

New Mu­sic at the Old But­ter Fac­tory fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jas­min Le­ung said the work­shop gave stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to be­come com­fort­able with cre­at­ing the art of mu­sic.

“It’s about the chil­dren be­ing able to col­lab­o­rate cre­atively,” Ms Le­ung said.

“We work with free im­pro­vi­sa­tion, ex­pos­ing them to the idea of mu­sic and the in­stru­ments and putting it all to­gether.”

The Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil pro­gram was open to chil­dren in the re­gion aged 8-12 who showed cre­ativ­ity and ini­tia­tive through iden­ti­fy­ing their favourite sounds and show­ing artis­tic flair.

“They’re go­ing re­ally well, they’ve got some great ideas and they work to­gether pretty well,” Ms Le­ung said.

“It’s a good age group, a lot of them have never met each other ei­ther.”

The stu­dents used gongs, bows, tubes and vi­bra­tions to cre­ate their pieces.

“The mu­sic that we are do­ing is art mu­sic, clas­si­cal mu­sic,” Ms Le­ung said.

“But it’s new mu­sic, clas­si­cal mu­sic of this cen­tury.”

Af­ter two days of prac­tice the chil­dren per­formed along­side Bris­bane and Syd­ney artists Eliz­a­beth Ji­galin, Michael Lout­tit and Phoebe Bog­nar.

“I think it can be quite high­brow and elit­ist but it’s nice to be able to present it in this set­ting us­ing chil­dren as well as the pro­fes­sion­als who are com­ing.”

The chil­dren’s work will also be made into a CD fea­tur­ing 40 minute tracks cap­tur­ing the ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and cre­ative flair of the young­sters.

The work­shop was run by Ms Le­ung and fel­low mu­si­cian Ti­mothy Green who stud­ied at the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic.

Ms Le­ung was raised in the Lock­yer Val­ley but has fol­lowed her love for mu­sic around the world study­ing in Bris­bane, Syd­ney, China and in Europe.

She’s now fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her two for­mer men­tors, who in­cor­po­rated chil­dren into their mu­sic, by tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to mu­sic teach­ing.

“Mu­sic is not re­ally taught in a cre­ative way, it be­comes quite ro­botic or quite struc­tured,” Ms Le­ung said.

“But when you re­ally get to the essence or what the deeper part of mu­sic is you need to be able to be cre­ative and be able to com­mu­ni­cate with it and not just play what other peo­ple have writ­ten.”

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

ARTIS­TIC FLAIR: Christina, Is­abella, Claire, Eliana, Charlee, Tif­fany and Melissa make mu­sic.

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