Eclec­tic band opens students’ ears to new sounds

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Songs in Span­ish, ocean sound­scapes and a choir of tuned bot­tles were among the mu­si­cal items on show when eclec­tic Mu­sica Viva band Zeeko per­formed at a num­ber of Pil­bara schools last week.

The rock and blue­grass-in­spired three-piece band en­ter­tained students at schools in Dampier, Wick­ham, Kar­ratha, Parabur­doo and Tom Price as part of an an­nual North West tour through the Mu­sica Viva In Schools pro­gram.

Band mem­ber, per­cus­sion­ist and song writer David He­witt said the per­for­mance, ti­tled Songs of Earth, Sea and Sky, en­cour­aged chil­dren’s nat­u­ral ten­dency to “treasure” the en­vi­ron­ment and dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“Some of the mu­sic is drawn from and in­flu­enced by Cen­tral and South Amer­i­can mu­sic, some of it is from blue­grass and coun­try and west­ern, some of it’s African, one piece that I wrote is very art pop... it’s very eclec­tic,” he said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity be­cause you get to present mu­sic that maybe chil­dren don’t nor­mally get to hear, so we try to of­fer them with some­thing a bit alternative and some­thing to think about.”

Zeeko’s mu­si­cians will this week head to schools in New­man, Derby and Broome be­fore fin­ish­ing their tour on Fri­day. The Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley leg of the tour is be­ing sup­ported by Rio Tinto.

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