WASO performing Tree by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

The Sound of Picture Books

Tree, a multi-modal collaboration between The Literature Centre, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and Yamaha Music was an outstanding success as our inaugural “Sound of Picture Books” held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle, WA. Musicians from the WASO orchestra, with Alf Demasi from Yamaha playing piano, performed my score Tree, a musical interpretation of  Danny Parker’s book, Tree, illustrated by myself. Over 1000 students ranging from school years 1 to 12 attended the performances and workshops and the response from students has been overwhelming.

The “Sound of Picture Books” performances are a coming together of music, words, images and drama in an unprecedented way. The students (and adults) attain insights into the creative process as Danny Parker introduces them to theatre and physical movement set to live music and I take them through the creative process of composing and painting. Tree, becomes a multi-modal and rich multi-sensorial experience.

Here are some photos from the inaugural “Sound of Picture Books”, Tree.

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