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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CASP Stories: Latin music and drumming workshops and an upcoming Harmony Day Concert in Orange

Lithgow Kylie Shead

Musicians from Orange’s culturally diverse music group ALLY have been sharing their skills with communities in the Central West.

A recent workshop at Lithgow Transformation Hub, saw bandleader, saxophonist and educator Gai Bryant along with pianist, bassist and percussion musicians sharing their Latin music and drumming skills. Further upcoming workshops are scheduled for Molong Central and Borenore Public School on April 5.  These workshops bring together the multicultural and general community to experience, connect and enjoy

This series of workshops is coupled with an upcoming Harmony Day Concert in Orange scheduled for 13 April.  The Concert will feature Brazilian Australian poet Dai Moret’s imagery in Portuguese and English. This is underpinned by Chilean bassist Cesar Marin, Peruvian percussionists Giorgio Rojas and Julio Candela, alongside jazz musicians James Greening, Gai Bryant and Daniel Pliner. All artists are at the forefront of hybrid Latin music in the state.

The series of activities provides ALLY with opportunities to showcase and celebrate Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian and Andalusian music styles and rhythm patterns in one concert and four workshops.

A number of groups are involved in this project including Orange Council, Cabonne Council and Spare Parts Invests in Arts Inc which is a Sydney-based not for profit who is committed to promoting and celebrating Latin Australian musicians, dancers and poets in combination with jazz musicians. They present original music based on Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian, Andalusian and Chilean traditional music styles. In this project they have organised these workshops and concert along with promotional and financial contributions.

To find out more information contact Anni Gallagher, Migrant Support Officer, Migrant & Refugee Support Service (Orange City Council), mob: 0409 458 156.

This series of workshops is supported by the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) through Arts OutWest. The CASP is a devolved funding program coordinated locally by the 15 regional arts development organisations in NSW on behalf of the NSW Government (Via Create NSW). In 2024 eight arts activities across the NSW Central West are sharing in $17,000 in CASP funding for small locally initiated arts activities.

Image credit, Kylie Shead, Arts OutWest