Ania Tait

March 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Ania Tait & Stringlines

Stringlines: Creating Music and Community in the Tropics

Session Time: 3.00 Sunday July 3

Session: Stringlines meets on Larrakia land in the Top End of the Northern Territory. We are welcoming to all, and share wisdom and humour through community music making. Laughter, care, and intensive rehearsal are key. We often arrive from hectic days at work or with family, feeling battered by daily life. Almost always we leave the rehearsal feeling better than when we entered the room. Why is that? Experiencing connection and belonging are central to Stringlines; connecting the music to the body, the body to the mind, and each member of the ensemble to each other. Together we deconstruct the score, and with new understandings we reconstruct it, playing together with a sense of belonging and intention.  We celebrate individual and group achievements. Ensemble members include authors, theatre makers, designers, educators, therapists, retirees, board members and administrators. We support each other beyond our shared musical world.

Stringlines is a collaborative group of adult string players directed by Ania Tait. We play a wide range of repertoire, focussing on building string technique and developing our musicianship in the context of ensemble playing. Stringlines welcomes adult string players of all ages, who may have last played their instruments regularly as recently as six months to sixty! years ago, or are actively taking lessons as a mature age learner. Each year, Stringlines works towards several performances in community settings, including joint performances with Darwin-based community choir, The Key Changers. This is music making for community wellbeing!