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The Simon Kerr Perspective 

A Brief Bio of The Simon Kerr Perspective

Simon Kerr is a New Zealand songwriter guitarist, singer and thinker now based in Melbourne. A prolific songwriter, he has released three studio albums and performed on a number of compilations. Eclectic, innovative, funny and serious, he has performed extensively both in New Zealand and Australia, and has garnered a strong and loyal following in Melbourne since moving here in 2008.

The Simon Kerr Perspective is the collaboration of musicians collectively supporting Simon's music. They include Kylie Morrigan, a highly accomplished violinist. Classically trained, Kylie played professionally for a number of years and has recently branched out into contemporary music. She plays regularly with the legendary Mal Webb and the Simon Kerr Perspective, thrilling audiences with her soloing. Scott Lewis plays keys and comes with a significant musical pedigree including organ composition and three months conducting the Tivoli Gardens Orchestra in Copenhagen, among many other musical interests. The SKP also includes other wonderful musicians who join Simon from time to time, including the talented accordion player Will Hoffman.  Mal Webb joins regularly when schedules coincide. Tiya Beggs has also contributed her wonderful voice in many gigs.

 

Simon has a long interest in environmental issues, science, philosophy and emotional well-being, and even has a song about the joys of slot car racing (for an admittedly small audience!). He has written over 150 songs and instrumentals, performed hundreds of gigs, recorded three studio albums, two compilation albums, and received airplay in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He has yet to win a major international music award. 


Professionally, he worked as a University lecturer in New Zealand for some years teaching political science and environmental policy. He studied sociology and philosophy for his BA, completed a MApplSc in Natural Resource Management and, as if that wasn't enough work, received a PhD in 2005 in Political Ecology. From 2006 - 2007 he worked at the University of Otago, and until mid 2015, worked as a senior Manager, Research and Industry at the University of Melbourne. He was until recently a Board Member and President of the Australasian Research Management Society (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore). When his faculty was disestablished, he took a redundancy opportunity to pursue the development of 'Music for a Warming World', the multimedia climate change show.

He has also had a rich and varied work life, including house painter, religious missionary (in a past life!), petrol pump attendant, gym attendant, archivist, construction worker, shearing gang, research assistant, gardener, shop manager, factory worker, bus driver, theater company manager, clerk, and house renovator. In addition, he has lived in an intentional community for some years, lived in a share house, raised 2 children and secretly wants to drive a Nissan GTR at least once in his life on a race track. (editors note: He refers to the new electric-hybrid version only, of course) 
 
Simon has been a committee member of the Newport Folk Club, has initiated and organised the monthly Open Stage performance session at the club for some years, has run many songwriting groups and courses, and has been a member of a of a songwriting group of one sort of another since 2006. 

He currently works part-time as a research management consultant at La Trobe University in Melbourne and the remainder of his time on climate activism, promoting and performing the climate change show, Music for a Warming World: Where Science, Art and Hope Converge