The sounds of rural Taranaki will be brought to life playfully and surprisingly by a collaboration of participants in Farm Music.
Renowned drummer, composer and educator Chris O’Connor pairs with sound installation artist Dr Bridget Johnson in partnership with the Taranaki Retreat and the Rural Support Trust to bring together a unique community arts collaboration focused on creativity, mental health and wellbeing support for participants.
Farm Music is a unique Taranaki community arts collaboration focused on creativity, mental health and wellbeing support for participants, which has brought Taranaki men together over six weeks to explore innovative ways to create music and sound sculptures from items found in their backyard, shed, paddock or garage.
The men have worked with renowned drummer, composer and educator Chris O’Connor (who has performed with musicians as diverse as the Phoenix Foundation, Don McGlashan, Trinity Roots, Neil Finn, Nadia Reid, Leila Adu, Jeff Henderson and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra) and sound sculptor Bridget Johnson, Senior Lecturer at the Massey School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington.
Join us to discover the sound playground, find out more about the project and have a go at making rural music!
Bring your family and your sense of adventure to the festival to explore this innovative installation work.
2 - 2.30pm Installation open for public play!
2.30-3pm Chris O'Connor will lead an all ages public workshop exploring listening to, and creating sounds with the objects on display
3 - 3.30pm Installation open for public play!
3.30 - 4pm Chris O'Connor and Bridget Johnston wil lead project participants in an improvised performance
4 - 4.30pm Creative team panel discussion - hear about the inspiration behind the project
4.30 - 6pm Installation open for public play!
To hear more about the people, ideas and inspiration behind Farm Music, please tune in to the weekly Farm Music show on Access Radio Taranaki.
Read more about the project HERE