Event Title

The Big Bang! The Importance of Making a Racket to Build Stronger Community Links

Presenter Information

Richard Marsella

Start Date

1-6-2011 11:30 AM

End Date

1-6-2011 12:00 PM

Description

Richard Marsella will outline his five years experience working in the Peel Region, developing the Parade of Noises, an experimental community performance piece featuring noise musicians like The Nihilist Spasm Band, John Oswald, Nash the Slash, Kid Koala, and others alongside 700 grade four students performing on homemade musical instruments. He will outline the design of each year’s Parade of Noises, and how the project evolved. He will discuss the incredible support required from all levels of government, especially at the municipal level. This paper focusses on community and music, and the impact unique experiences such as these have on the community at large. Marsella then transitions to share the story of the Regent Park School of Music, and how similar community parade experiences have recently occurred in this neighbourhood, led by dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman, along with composer/performer John Oswald. Marsella highlights alternative musical experiences and their benefit to the vibrancy of a community. He looks at R. Murray Schafer’s Coimbra Vibra, New Brunswick’s 30 year old tintamarre tradition, and the importance of making a great racket in a community. Part of the special model in all of the above instances is that they involve bulldozers, fire trucks, and the implementation of non-traditional community partners, such as Peel Waste Management, to delve into new areas of creative expression.

Community music is a major focus in Marsella’s work to date. He outlines the model of the Regent Park School of Music, and how its story is unique to the country, in its delivery of subsidized music lessons for youth in need. Serving different neighbourhoods such as Regent Park, as well as Jane & Finch, and Parkdale, Marsella will outline the similarities and differences when approaching programs for each community.

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Jun 1st, 11:30 AM Jun 1st, 12:00 PM

The Big Bang! The Importance of Making a Racket to Build Stronger Community Links

Richard Marsella will outline his five years experience working in the Peel Region, developing the Parade of Noises, an experimental community performance piece featuring noise musicians like The Nihilist Spasm Band, John Oswald, Nash the Slash, Kid Koala, and others alongside 700 grade four students performing on homemade musical instruments. He will outline the design of each year’s Parade of Noises, and how the project evolved. He will discuss the incredible support required from all levels of government, especially at the municipal level. This paper focusses on community and music, and the impact unique experiences such as these have on the community at large. Marsella then transitions to share the story of the Regent Park School of Music, and how similar community parade experiences have recently occurred in this neighbourhood, led by dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman, along with composer/performer John Oswald. Marsella highlights alternative musical experiences and their benefit to the vibrancy of a community. He looks at R. Murray Schafer’s Coimbra Vibra, New Brunswick’s 30 year old tintamarre tradition, and the importance of making a great racket in a community. Part of the special model in all of the above instances is that they involve bulldozers, fire trucks, and the implementation of non-traditional community partners, such as Peel Waste Management, to delve into new areas of creative expression.

Community music is a major focus in Marsella’s work to date. He outlines the model of the Regent Park School of Music, and how its story is unique to the country, in its delivery of subsidized music lessons for youth in need. Serving different neighbourhoods such as Regent Park, as well as Jane & Finch, and Parkdale, Marsella will outline the similarities and differences when approaching programs for each community.