I live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, I’m a musician, composer, musical instrument maker and make clarinets from carrots. I believe everyone can play music and that music is something we can all create rather than just consume.
Name a talent you don’t have but wish you did?
I’d love to be able to play bass and be a wingsuit flyer.
What can’t you live without?
If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, what would you tell your younger self?
Don’t freak out, but I’m YOU when you get older.
Tell us about a recent experience you had with a work of art or performance that truly moved you.
A solo concert by bassist Renaud Garcia Fons. It managed to totally move me even though it was just a performance I watched on DVD. One of the most amazing (if not the most amazing) music performances I have seen.
What drives you to give to the arts?
Society is nothing without a strong and vibrant culture, and I want to support cultural projects which I feel will enhance the lives of people who will be affected by that project.
You’ve supported a diverse range of projects through the Australian Cultural Fund. Have the artists approached you directly to donate, or have you visited their page on the ACF, loved their projects and decided to support?
A mix of both of those, or just hearing about a project and wanting to support it.
Is there a common theme that draws you specifically to the projects you give to?
When an artist or organisation comes to you for support, what do you want to know about them and the project?
What is the Dream of the project? Is it a Dream that is shared by others? How will they make that Dream come true?
What spurred you initially to donate to the arts? Do you remember the first donation that you made?
There are a few reasons. One is to be able support artists whose cultural practice I admire and want to support, especially when there are very creative projects that may not attract mainstream funding. I am also attracted to projects with a community arts focus and that are culturally diverse. I also want to support friends whose projects need financial support to get off the ground. I can’t actually remember the first donation I made.
Finally, you’ve recently registered a project on the ACF, Dangerous Song. Can you tell us a bit about it and what you’re hoping to achieve?
Dangerous Song is a performance piece that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals to create an intriguing and moving musical performance. This will be combined with projected still and video images. These images and videos will be projected onto a semi transparent screen which surrounds the two performers. This project involves a two week Creative development period where we will explore the combination of image and music and work towards creating a one hour performance piece.
Read more about Dangerous Song and donate to the project through the ACF!