Critically Acclaimed Musician Draws Boys into Loop
Boys from Pre-Primary through to Year 12 were drawn into the spontaneous musical world of multi-instrumentalist Adam Page last week. All boys played a part in crafting their own ‘loops’ using instruments, singing and beat boxing.
Adam, who visited the School last year, has been critically acclaimed for his unique style of performing, which employs recording live instruments onto loop pedals and composing spontaneous grooves. This year, he spent three days at the School working with music classes across every year group.
Director of Music Kevin Gillam said Christ Church was fortunate to be the only WA school Adam visited while touring his latest show. He said the talented musician had taught the boys how to create rhythm and melody on a loop and turn it into an arrangement.
Mr Gillam said Adam’s approach was very refreshing. “It is so different to the way we learn music from a page. His improvisational style of making music really engaged the boys.”
During a session, which involved Year 2, Year 4 and Year 12 students, Adam created four loops with a Year 12 student on the double bass, Year 12s playing collectively as an orchestra, the Prep School boys as the choir and himself providing the beat boxing. The boys were impressed with their final arrangement.
In 2007, Adam won ‘Best Music by an Emerging Artist Award’ at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He performed a 24-night season at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in 2009, won ‘Best Music’ and ‘Best Solo Show’ at the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival. He is constantly touring Australia and has released four albums both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other Australian and New Zealand performers.