Music makers rejoice

Event. Music lovers are invited to share in a collaborative experience when the Glen Hodges Quintet comes to town.

Performing at Stanley Town Hall tomorrow night, the visit forms part of a free composition forum and concert series being held across the north west, allowing locals the opportunity to engage with composers on the music making process.

The quintet comprises Glen Hodges on guitar, Randal Muir on piano, Alistair Dobson on saxophone, Nick Haywood on double bass and Steve Marskell on drums.

As the evening unfolds, the group will take you on a music making journey and ask you to immerse yourself along the way.

“It’s not something that only high brow or well versed musicians should go to,” Hodges says of the evening.

“It’s definitely designed to appeal to all people, who make or are interested in music.

“There’s a vast range of approaches to composition,” Hodges says. “I’ll be outlining a few of those.”

The audience will be invited to work through these processes to gain an appreciation of how each is equally valid. From broad principle to a discussion on a couple of Hodges’ own pieces, the evening will also showcase original works.

“Loosely jazz pieces in the sense that they’ve got a reasonable amount of improvisation,” he said of what audiences may expect from the original pieces.

Audiences will also witness “on the spot creativity” as five musicians each introduce their own interpretations on the night.

The experience allows the travelling quintet to meet people who are dabbling in their own ventures, Hodges said.

“It’s inspirational for us too. [It’s about] us really wanting to engage with other people, community music makers and writers. That’s where the real action is in my opinion, we want to connect with that.”

He invited community members who may be interested in starting an informal group to come forth on the night, saying the opportunities are growing as the University of Tasmania’s new $75 million arts hub is constructed in Hobart, to be the new home of the Conservatorium of Music.

Presented by the Glen Hodges Quintet and the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, the free event is on at Stanley Town Hall tomorrow (Friday April 21) from 5pm, beginning with a composition forum, followed by an hour long concert at 8pm, and informal discussion will complete the evening.

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