Sharing music with the world

Tuesday 5 November 2019 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture


Sharing music with the world
Melbourne Univeristy and Tereora College students sharing their insight into music and culture. 19110408 / 19110409

Twenty-two University of Melbourne music students have visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki to collaborate with local musicians to share Cook Islands beats with the world.

Tereora College and Araura College, Aitutaki were two of the schools that were part of the ‘Resonating Spaces Islands Project’, where both colleges shared their music culture.

Mo Newport of Motone Production said Melbourne University Interactive Sound and Vision Associate Professor of Music and Artistic Director Mark Pollard returned with his students a third time to continue developing the projects.

The students were songwriters, composers and performers who were accompanied by film maker Siobhan Jackson.

Newport said the project encourages students to engage in a cultural exchange programme.

“In 2015 and 2017 the project was only in Rarotonga but Mark wanted to extend the programme and we are always keen to get things to Aitutaki to make sure we are providing creative opportunities to others in our Pa Enua so last year and this year again thanks to the support we get from Air Rarotonga we are able to make that happen” said Newport.

He said the collaborative workshops held in schools is an interactive way of sharing Cook Islands music, dance and drums and sound and visual exhibition is part of Australia’s New Colombo Plan.

Newport explained that the plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government aimed to support Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the Pacific region.

The project initially developed by Pollard has worked with Mo Newport and Glenda Tuaine of Motone Productions over the past five years to bring the now annual programme to life.

Motone assisted the group with logistics to create schools’ engagement, exhibition and the cultural exchange program that brought together local artists Henry Taripo, Jane Rubena and Mark Short as lead tutors- with the students showcasing Cook Islands Song Dance and Drum in one day of activity.

This was demonstrated at the Punanga Nui market on Saturday.