SPIRIT RISING - a Gala for Gargarro in Girgarre
composed and conducted by Graeme Leak
The players in the Girgarre Junkestra are mostly non-musicians. Many have never played music before they rehearsed and performed in this work. They range in age from 11 to 83.
They are performing on a range of bespoke percussion and 'String Cans' designed by Graeme - each can has one guitar string, so six played at once is like an open chord on a guitar. This allows non-musicians a way to play chords and harmonies and experience proper music making. It also lends the orchestra its unique sound.
This video is testament to the joy and transcendence that such an experience can provide.
The Gargarro Soundshell marks the completion of the fist stage of a long term, visionary development to transform a dusty field into a rich and varied Botanic Garden (girgarre.com.au/gargarro-botanic-garden). The soundshell and the fledgling garden are part of Girgarre (pop. 190) in rural Victoria, Australia, a town with a resilient and creative community that has worked together through some tough decades to improve their quality of life and keep having fun with regular music jam-sessions in their hall and a monthly Farmers Market, among many other things.
Girgarre was announced as one of six small towns to receive $350,000 to undertake the bold steps to transform the town through artistic vision and expression, made possible as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Towns Transformations initiative, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.
The Girgarre Junkestra
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:
The Jigarre Jammers
The Girgarre Line Dancers
Athol (Doc) MacDonald (Motor Bike Soloist)
The Girgarre Fire Brigade
The Rushworth and District Concert Band
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JIG JAMMER PERFORMERS:
GIRGARRE LINE DANCERS:
DIRT BIKE SOLOIST:
Athol ‘Doc’ McDonald
GIRGARRE FIRE BRIGADE PERFORMERS:
George Di Battista
RUSHWORTH and DISTRICT CONCERT BAND PERFORMERS: