This was a weekend of music-making for all ages, all skill levels, all musical interests. Marimbas and ukuleles (thus ‘Marimbalele’) – but also singing, brass instruments, wacky invented instruments, fiddles. . . all were welcome.
Anyone who'd been to been to Treetops Music Camp, or to Roses Gap, or to Marimba Camp; anyone who'd been to Turramurra, or a Tune Up weekend or Victoria Makes Music camp - these people probably found it somewhat familiar – but different!
So what happened at the camp? Were there sessions suitable for everyone? The answer is . . . YES!!!
Commencing 7pm Fri with departure on 4pm Sun, sessions catered for people who’ve never played a marimba or a ukulele as well as building some skills and repertoire in those who have played before. New songs were tried, new techniques, people made new friends and played music with them - including children who were really welcome and immediately having fun.
The workshop leaders were:
- Jon Madin
- Andy Rigby
- Joseph Bromley
- Alena Schneider
- Peter Gavin
- Dani Rocca
- Phil Melgaard
- Aaron Silver
The programme included a wide range of workshops, e.g. marimba favourites, kids’ session, beginner ukulele, tricky marimba playing, wacky instruments (Jon Madin’s echocellos, dingboxes, musical bikes etc), singing with instruments, African rhythms, a touch of reggae, classic uke songs. Some ‘spaghetti Western’ hits. Sure-fire marimba pieces got children playing, and a grand parade brought everyone together.
What were your general comments about the weekend?
- Well organised - excellent tutors - came away with new skills.
- Maybe choir people could be invited. "Marimbasingalele".
- Excellent workshops, thanks to all workshop leaders and organising team.
- Wonderful group of people. Wonderful array of instruments. Love it.
- Looking forward to being involved again next time!
- Great leaders and workshops all round! Would be great to acknowledge and thank them and volunteers more formally - they were awesome.
- Everyone is very friendly and willing to share.
- I have loved all the stuff - particularly how Pete and Joseph have been so different (?). Both taught really useful stuff.
- Very impressive leadership, especially with the kids. Great to be somewhere where children can be seen and heard
- Thanks to the organisers for all their hard wortk.
- A great weekend. Looking forward to next year.
- Would have liked a bit more informal jamming singing - but its hard to fit everything in!
Describe Marimbalele music camp in three words
- Fun. Skills. People.
- Fun. Sociable. Creative.
- Social. Inspiring. Well fed!!
- Wonderful. Knowledge-exchange. Stimulating.
- Generous. Enlightening. A bit lonely.
- Enthusiasm. Community. Sun.
- Friendly. Involved.
- Warm. Community. Spirit.
- Needed. Surprising. Suntacular.
- Fun. Exciting. Inspiring.
- Fun, challenging, inspiring.
- Fun. Imformative. Family friendly - inclusive!
- great relaxing inclusive
- Fun energising warm
- Fun learning, fun exciting, together learning
- inclusive joyful friendly
- interesting challenging fulfilling
- inspiring a music fix challenging
Joseph Bromley's uke workshop