Convent Kids presents: Instro-Experimento by Playable Streets
Calling all children!
What can be used as a musical instrument?
A Piano? YES!
A computer? YES!
A wet shoe? Ummmm… YES!
Come to the Convent these school holidays and see a range of everyday objects become live ‘musical instruments’ thanks to Convent Kids’ free ‘Instro-Experimento’ program by Playable Streets.
Using microcomputers and interactive touch technologies, the Playable Streets team will throw open their workshop doors offering children hands-on experimental play sessions from Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 July.
Then join Playable Streets for a special Experimental Ensemble Fun Days, and enjoy a series of improvisations and collective play using the experimental instruments created throughout the week.
Just some of the objects children can create sounds and music with thanks to the Playable Streets team include:
- A water cup – which becomes a piano simply by dipping a finger in water
- A painting – which uses conductive paint
- Pool noodles – which become drum sticks
- Hands – which will make music simply giving high fives and fist bumps!
From Friday 13 July you will be conducted by the award winning composer Cayn Borthwick as he turns these weird instruments and you into a futuristic orchestra.
All sessions are free, but bookings are essential. Recommended for children aged 5 to 12. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Abbotsford Convent is committed to making our activities and programs as inclusive as possible for everyone to enjoy. There will be an artist facilitator who is an Auslan user on Tuesday and Saturday. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your access needs.
About the artists
Glen Walton is a performer, writer, theatre maker, artist, musician and academic with more than 12 years’ experience developing a distinctive style in theatrical and musical creations.
Cayn Borthwick is a contemporary composer whose music is deeply rooted in a sense of place and narrative. Borthwick strives to make music that is both intellectually rigorous and aesthetically pleasing.
Pikkle Henning is a sound engineer, technician, producer, musician and instrument maker. Henning has created many novel and unique instruments, from a sub-woofer double bass to an Arduino-powered ‘player piano’ drum machine.
About Playable Streets
Playable Streets have a singular focus – to encourage people to reach out and touch their world. Using the latest technologies available, Playable Streets aim is to connect people with their surroundings through the action of touch, as strangers become musical collaborators. Working with composers, engineers and visual artists, Playable Streets have created a series of works that explore public collaboration and collective musical play.
If you have a working with children certificate, and would like to assist with this program, please see our volunteer page.
‘Instro-Experimento’ by Playable Streets was commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and is supported by the City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants program.
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