The sounds of Adelaide Guitar Festival will soon be heard in aged care homes, a hospital and community centres across South Australia, as world-class musicians take their music to those who may otherwise not be able to experience it.
Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Resonance program, now in its third year, is about recognising the inherent human need for music, and its role in health and wellbeing.
This year, 18 artists will take part in 20 performances from July 28 until August 10. The program is expanding into regional areas, with six performances lined up in venues across SA.
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan will play in eight Resonance shows.
“Resonance is a wonderful program for everyone involved,” he said. “It recognizes that no one should miss out on the benefits of music, especially those who may need it the most. To see the smiles on residents, patients and visitors is incredibly rewarding and I am so honoured to play again this year.”
The intimate concerts are tailored to particular venues and cover various genres including jazz, blues, classical and folk.
Helping Hand Aged Care is hosting Resonance performances at six of its venues. Director of Care Environments and Service Strategy, Susan Emerson, said it’s a unique and enjoyable experience for residents.
“The music has a transformative effect and has a range of influences on our residents,” she said. “Some are up and dancing while others are taken to an almost meditative state. It is a truly beautiful day and creates lasting memories with an overtone of fun and joy.”
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said Resonance helps to make music more accessible.
“Resonance takes stars from Adelaide Guitar Festival off the stage and into hospital wards, aged care facilities and community centres,” he said. “These intimate concerts enable more people to enjoy live music, especially now that the program is expanding into regional South Australia. We are very proud of this program and hope it brings as much joy to those listening as it does to the musicians involved.”
Adelaide Guitar Festival runs August 9 until August 12 and brings the world’s top guitarists to Adelaide Festival Centre, including Tommy Emmanuel, Grammy Award-winner Albert Lee, composer Marc Ribot and classical artists Martha Masters and Vladimir Gorbach.
Full Adelaide Guitar Festival programs can be found at www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au
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