Jimmy Reece produces an epic kaleidoscopic musical response. The voices of lives long lived infused in contemporary work. The audio track is launched. It echos in the natural settings of Maracoopa Cave for the Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing.
Listen. Turn it up. ‘Isolation’ Spoken word & music (8.00 mins)
Carers reflect on their aversion to being stigmitised and find strength in their family bonds. There’s solace in being creative and the time for self care.
Jimmy Reece’s music underpins every nuance of the conversation. This work was supported by ARRTS Project, an initiative by Family Based Care in Burnie, Tasmania.
Listen to ‘Everyday People’ Spoken word & music (2.30 mins)
When strangers come in, I mean shy people…its up to us to talk to them.Meander Valley Life Resident
Supported by health workers, the invitation to share untold stories requires relationship building. Trust grows during an engagement process.
Feeling safe to express opinions, conversational storytelling from very personal perspectives is honoured with respect and dignity.
The participants support the process of Agency to edit the storytelling sessions. Jimmy Reece creates a music composition, embedding the audio script.
This next phase of creating content produces a draft product to share with contributors.
The voice’s of our communities are launched in celebration.
The collaboration with Jimmy Reece produces a unique artistic output to achieve this aim. It’s an innovative form of storytelling to reach out to broader audiences.
The emphasis is to raise the visibility of people at risk of marginalisation. To be heard, to leave ‘no song left unsung’.
Ethical engagement is grounded in working with a supporting health worker who has a close relationship with the participant.
The process for the participant is both challenging and cathartic.
The self reflection in listening to the interpretative work opens further dialogue.
This includes both the subject matter and the art of the composition.
The audio composition provides further artistic opportunities to interpret in dance, film, performance, animation or live music.