The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project

Fitzroy Valley New Music Project Peter Keelan Residency

7 – 24 September 2020

In 2020 the Fitzroy Valley New Music Project (FVNMP) features twin residences by Peter Keelan and Cecile Williams.

The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project in Fitzroy Valley, Western Kimberley, has been running since 2017 and is directed by renowned music educator/composer/performer Gillian Howell. Peter will work with students, community groups, and individuals in Fitzroy Valley for an instrument-making process.

The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and the Rowley Foundation.

Project History

A series of residencies have built and are building collaborative foundations and relationships developing music projects through the exchange of ideas: mapping interests; exploring possibilities; assessing skills and developing creative languages for shared art-making. Participants are learning to explore music-making together and are devising and performing their own music composition. Outcomes include new works (songs and instrumental composition) to be presented to local audiences, recorded for distribution, instrument making, and a student art workshop program.

The project’s aim is to support local organisations already energising Fitzroy Crossing’s young people and women, children, and families to initiate and nurture new arts-based projects, locally-led and supported through ongoing visits from Gillian, and now Peter Keelan.

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Peter Keelan

Peter Keelan has experience across the arts spectrum: community artist, festival director, artistic and musical director of large scale outdoor events and theatre; filmmaker, composer and musician; international band manager and creative producer.

In 2000 he was awarded the Australia Council CCD Fellowship in recognition for his community arts practice, resulting in a film documentary and CD recording, based on his collaborations with musicians whilst living in Romania, Bolivia, Solomon Islands, and Malawi.

He has directed and produced major projects and festivals throughout Australia and overseas, including Fremantle Street Arts Festival, The Big Five O (Christmas Island), Denmark Festival of Voice 2008 & 2010, multi-media theatre pieces Rhythms of Life and Greens Pool The Musical, and the Brave New Works Festival 2017, ‘18 and ’19.

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Acknowledgments

Tura New Music thanks everyone at Fitzroy Valley District High School, especially Jane Baker and Michelle Siciliano.

For the 2020 Residencies we also thank:
Troppo Sound
Kennards Hire
Recharge Petroleum
Peter Grandison and Suzie Jess
Stuart and Marife Key

The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is an ongoing project in the Valley produced by Tura New Music and directed by Gillian Howell

The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and the Rowley Foundation.