Combine a set of beautiful accessible instruments, a skilled rhythm and lead section and curious bystanders, and wait for the explosive, surprising, completely improvised experience that follows. The line between audience and performer is obliterated. Young and old, musically experienced and non, all come together to create the groove.
Each Random Act of Music is unique. People from all cultures can come together on these accessible, modal based instruments. When people learn to listen and play communally, magic happens. Through skilled facilitation, we may reveal the quirky 'free time' loop being played by a five year old child, with immense concentration, or experience a solo duel between two or more high flyers. The founder of Random Acts of Music, Nikki Berry, has liberated hundreds of 'non-singers' over the last two decades through her work with people who think they can't sing. Since the Christchurch earthquakes, Random Acts of Music has been popping up all over Christchurch. It's impossible to ignore and people either walk by with a smile on their face, or are pulled into throng, given an instrument, and some time later, emerge, with a brand new image of themselves and what they are capable of.
This project has been made possible with funding from Creative New Zealand and the Earthquake Recovery Trust (Vodafone and Government).