Press Release (March 2017)
Can art and music help stop dangerous climate change? The creators of a new and highly innovative music production from Melbourne think it can.
“Climate change is without doubt the most serious challenge facing us,” says songwriter and guitarist, Simon Kerr. “We wanted to find a way to tell this most important story, and as a musician it was natural to turn to music”.
The result is the highly acclaimed Music for a Warming World, not just an entertaining gig, but also a stunning visual experience with high quality video and images.
Kerr is uniquely qualified to do this. With a longstanding career as a songwriter and a PhD in environmental management, he translates the science and politics of global warming into an emotionally engaging and hopeful experience.
“People really get into the whole music/visual experience of Music for a Warming World,” says co-producer Christine Parker, a Law Professor at the University of Melbourne where her research includes regulation affecting climate change.
“We all need to grasp the deep urgency of climate change and Music for a Warming World really helps people think and feel differently about it” she says.
They believe music and art move people in powerful ways. “Facts are important but music and art emotionally engage us in ways that facts and data cannot”.
“Creating a concert on climate change is challenging”, says Kerr, “so we focused on three things. It must be highly entertaining with great music, communicate the science honestly and, most importantly, provide hope for the future. It is what art and music can do best.”
Launched in 2016 and already performed over 30 times at music festivals, universities, house concerts and community events from Melbourne to Woodford.
The band line up for Brisbane is:
- Simon Kerr, Guitars, Stomp, Vocals
- Kylie Morrigan, Violin, Vocals
- Scott Lewis, Keys, Vocals
- Mal Webb, Bass, Horns, Vocals, Beat box
- Tim Hollo, Viola
- Rob Wheeler, Horns
- Christine Parker, Laptop/Visuals
The show will open with a special guest set from Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan (who also play with the Formidable Vegetable Sound System).
For video, photos, and much more: www.musicforawarmingworld.org
Simon Kerr – producer – 0404 302 187, or
Christine Parker – manager – 0432 944 330, or
'Intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining, festival audiences will love it',
(Michael Stewart, Festival Director, Newport Folk Festival, Victoria)
'Music, science and some inspired thinking around the human condition',
(Peter Boyer, OAM, Science Journalist, Tasmania)
'A wonderful mix of music and visuals that entertains, moves and informs. I thoroughly recommend it',
(Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria)
'Artistically beautiful ... it touches the soul and conscience of our generation',
(Prof John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Canberra)
'Simon Kerr's Music for a Warming World works magnificently’
(Tim Hollo, Executive Director, Green Music Australia, Canberra)
'I found it very powerful and think it is very important that it gets more exposure'
(Jenny Pollak, Australian Artist, Sydney)
'Incredible music ... this is real 'Tikum Olam', an act of kindness to repair the world
(Abe Swartz, Radio Presenter, Melbourne)