It's not Brasil, New York or London; it's my land and I'm proud to be here learning and sharing what I found amazing all around the world: a sense of community, love for people, faith in life. Music makes us better...
Perché non c’è niente, alla fine di tutto, che vale quanto questa meravigliosa scoperta di te stesso, dei tuoi limiti e delle tue forze. L’ho voluto e me lo tengo, anche con i piedi bagnati… Perché ho ancora troppi sogni.
Six months ago I made a promise in front of the embers of a magical fire at the Circle music retreat in Brazil: "I will try to bring some of the love and passion that I found in this amazing body music community in my own one, thousands of miles from here".
The estemporanea imitation between the rhythmic movements of the children from theatre and the sounds producted by the musical instruments is a good tool to link the two disciplines!
During these 15 years working in education and therapy I found really useful to be able to move between different types of approaches and languages, mostly in the last 3 years when I left Italy and I started exploring different scholar systems and possible ways of making music with children, teenagers, adults and older people.
La vera cosa interessante é però dal mio punto di vista la combinazione teatro - musica, continua fonte di apprendimento che sottolinea la relazione tra il movimento e la produzione/percezione del suono, fondamentale elemento di comprensione per gli studenti ipoacusici. Ovviamente il corpo è sempre al centro di questo scambio.
This activity is a good tool for music educators and therapists to explore different sounds of body music, create a circle-song with polyrhythm and polymeters and explain the connection with the rhythmic musical notation.
Adolescents on Sunday morning. Not an easy thing. Working with them, making them smile, involving them with music it's always a big challenge for me. Sometimes my strategy works, sometimes not.
"One hour here making body music and I completely forgot about the rest" I've been told from one of the mums... GREAT! This is exactly one of the reasons why I love this job! Music and the movement can also be a reason to feel better, to connect with ourselves and the others, to find our creativity, to stay in the moment and forget about our problems, even if just for an hour.
The theatre group created a space of fun, communication, listening and cooperation with a perfect strategy to involve children and tutors: we moved between different activities, getting to know each other better, connecting, collaborating and expressing ourselves through the body.
So I put my little microphone on and I have tried to run the session as usual, singing, doing body music and moving around.