GOOD TUNES: Grant Tilbrook plays the bass during a workshop at Art Works on Davadi. Photo: Ewan Leighton
GOOD TUNES: Grant Tilbrook plays the bass during a workshop at Art Works on Davadi. Photo: Ewan Leighton

The community unites through music

MAINTAINING a sense of community is important, especially in a town like Stanthorpe.

So when Pangea Music's Grant Tilbrook and Michael Funder floated the idea of using music for this exact cause, it's no wonder Art Works on Davadi embraced it wholeheartedly.

The pair have been running a series of marimba workshops at the art hub which, they say, are a great way getting people involved.

"Fundamental to the approach is the idea of people coming together through music, that the music be appropriately challenging for the level of the participant and that it be an enjoyable experience," Mr Tilbrook said.

"The marimba is a Zimbabwean instrument, much like a xylophone to look at, only made of timber, with a very natural tonal quality.

"The musical pieces usually comprise three parts. It is the coming together of these parts and the rhythmic and melodic interchange that leaves the participants feeling so satisfied."

Workshops generally involve about 15 people, with one or two people sharing a marimba.

After two workshops, feedback has been positive which, according to Mr Tilbrook, shows no musical experience is needed.

"The percussive nature of both the drum and the marimba means that not only does one enjoy the rhythm and melody but also the feel and interaction with the instruments," he said.

"This has proven to be a very positive experience for our participants."

Mr Tilbrook said there had been interest in other instruments like the ukulele.

He said if numbers were great enough he would consider holding additional instrument workshops.

So, if you feel music may have something to offer, phone Pangea Music on 4661 9474 or 0439 347 061 or email pangeamusic@hotmail.com.

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