Trio mak­ing a dif­fer­ence through music

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A rock and blue­grass band which pro­motes the im­por­tance of con­ser­va­tion through music will visit Pil­bara 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 the Kim­ber­ley from July 17-26 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 all be stops for the sea­soned per­form­ers.

Mu­sica Viva WA State man­ager Lindsay Lover­ing said Zeeko were 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.”

Go to mu­si­ca­ for more in­for­ma­tion about the Mu­sica Viva In Schools pro­gram or its Pil­bara per­for­mances.

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