The Titjikala Project is an initiative by Titjikala Community in partnership with Soundstream AND Artistic Director and Pianist, Gabriella Smart whose family has a 50 year family connection with the community. THE PROJECT will create economic opportunities and improved health and education outcomes by establishing a number of music programs within the Titjikala community of the Northern Territory.
The Project focuses on the existing Women’s Choir, aged between 30 and 60+, the Titjikala Band, and the establishment of a UNIQUE Youth Saxophone Ensemble, drawn from 10 school age children and 10 post school teenagers.
Economic benefits will be achieved by establishing regular performances for tourists within the community, performances in Alice Springs (e.g. Alice Desert Festival) and to undertake a national touring program. Employment will be provided through training potential local leaders as teachers.
Health benefits will be achieved by linking performance with good nutrition, improved mental health and development of self-confidence and community standing through participating while also increasing school retention rates (a condition of participation) and quality education outcomes.
Stage 1: The Project commenced in 2015 with community wide consultation resulting in commitment by the community to partner with Soundstream. This was followed by a nationwide collection of donated instruments (36 in all), which were delivered to the community in 2016 and followed by workshops (see https://vimeo.com/166903417). The workshops were funded by private donations made through Creative Partnerships Australia.*
In April 2017 Immanuel Collage, Adelaide, made a long-term commitment to partner with the Project, donating 15 saxophones specifically for the Youth Ensemble. See video below
Discussions are underway in regard to placing Titjikala students at the school.
Creative Partnerships Australia administers the Australian Cultural Fund, a collective giving platform for Australian artists that encourages and facilitates tax deductible donations to the arts.
The music for the awards was curated by gabriella smart and featured titjikala musicians derik lynch (vocals) barry campbell (guitar) with debra kayser (soprano) and derek pacsoe (saxophone).
The Titjikala Community of the Northern territory in association with Soundstream have partnered with Immanuel College, Adelaide, who donated instruments for the Music for Health Project.
After a nation wide call out for instruments, Gabriella Smart and Derek Pascoe took to the road to deliver keyboards and saxaphones and undertake workshops in the Titjikala community.