Sense of Place - How the concept of Sense of Place is used by community musicians to inspire their practice
Pete Moser, More Music in Morecambe, United Kingdom
Our relationships to places, people and our physical and metaphysical environment drive our personal developmental journeys. Our identity develops from birth through this complex web of relationships that allow skills, creativity and personality to grow in individual pathways.
Sense of Place is about this personal development as well as the way communities grow in response to their constituents in a symbiotic process of sympathetic exchange.
I will examine how music and culture articulate these changes and through examining forms of practice in historic and geographic contexts I will also investigate aspects of the role of the artist, educator and facilitator.
Over 30 years I have created work inspired by the context of the towns and countryside of Morecambe Bay in the North West of England. Through detailed examination of this work I will introduce themes of ritual, cultural creativity, vernacular art and personal celebration that are at the heart of the work of a community musician.
“One objective of our big-scale community events is for participants to gain some control over their lives by accessing their creative potential and by taking to their streets together … Well crafted sensual journey resonating with archetypal imagery open up our consciousness, stimulate and liberate the imagination so that audiences can dream their own dreams and make their journey and feel better.“
(John Fox – Eyes on stalks)
BiographyPete Moser is a composer, performer, producer, consultant and facilitator and is the founder and Artistic Director of More Music, one of the foremost community music organisations in the UK (www.moremusic.org.uk). He has written scores for theatre, opera and dance projects as well as songs for occasions and large-scale choral and orchestral pieces. Peter is a multi-instrumentalist and teaches percussion, voice, brass and songwriting as well as the art of running workshops.
He co-edited ‚COMMUNITY MUSIC: A HANDBOOK, a book that covers a range of music and music workshop topics and is aimed at inspiring and empowering musicleaders.
A recent work, THE LONG WALK, was a response to the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004 and was made with communities and professional ensembles in Morecambe and then re-created in Gateshead, Liverpool and Hong Kong. This initiated a 10 year development of community music practice in Hong Kong and mainland China with a programme of work connecting many partners with training and projects in diverse and disadvantaged communities.
He is also the Fastest-One-Man-Band-In-The-World: