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The Simon Kerr Perspective 

Sometimes people say nice things about our show (and us). So we have put some of them of these comments here so you can see what other people think about Music for a Warming World.


There are some Older Reviews (click here) that refer to concerts done prior to Music for a Warming World

'The concert was a surprisingly lyrical  journey that delivered far more than it promised to do. We were as engaged by the intelligent sensitive commentary as by the beautifully curated and breathtaking images that underscored the music which was glorious in its own right. Troubadours of truth, the message was offered in a spirit of hope and profoundly impacted us all. They demonstrate how art science and music can converge to promote and provoke new thinking. A memorable performance on every level.' (Leah and Charles Justin, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne)
(see also the review in their Newsletter)

 ‘Music for a Warming World’ is an eclectic mix of music, science and some inspired thinking around the human condition. The show explores the science of climate change via a ‘storm’ metaphor, the losses that will inevitably result, how we can fight back through changing ourselves and our society, and how we can still thrive through these challenging times.


There are many great moments and valuable messages through the show, but for me its most powerful contribution is its final section, on getting through hard times by using our imagination, living simply, and finding support and inspiration in our own communities.

 

 That’s the point. The immersive audio-visual experience of Music for a Warming World takes you beyond hard facts to a place where you see things differently. Kerr and his band also opened a door to another, inner, subjective realm of human experience, in which things not believed humanly possible can suddenly become so.

 

We won’t begin to mitigate climate change without the benefits flowing from families, friends, communities and the products or their imagination. May Simon Kerr survive and thrive to continue to help build the resilience and vision that we need to get through this unholy mess'

 

(Peter Boyer is a Hobart based science journalist. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to science communication).

'Simon Kerr's Music for a Warming World works magnificently, drawing us on a journey that weaves together science and emotion, melody and memory, to create deep and lasting change' (Tim Hollo, Executive Director, Green Music Australia)

'A superb show ... musically virtuosic, entertaining and thought provoking' (Peter Lino, Tintenbar Live)

'I found it very powerful and think it is very important that it gets more exposure' (Jenny Pollak, Artist)

'Intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining, a wonderfully crafted show performed by Simon and his superb musicians. Festival audiences will love it - a perfect complement to a festival that includes discussions about climate change and our response to this challenge of our time' (Michael Stewart, Festival Director, Newport Folk Festival)

'Incredible music ... moving live performance ... be entertained, educated and inspired simultaneously - this is real "Tikun Olam"!'(Abe Swartz, Radio Presenter)

'Simon Kerr’s Music for a Warming World is a wonderful mix of music and visuals that entertains, moves and informs. The world faces massive disruption and damage because of global warming but there are solutions. It’s not too late! Simon’s show is a powerful way to reach people, build political power and inspire personal commitment to get these solutions implemented. I thoroughly recommend it (Janet Rice, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria)

‘Extremely engaging and powerful, both intellectually and emotionally’ (Prof Don Hine, Professor, Psychology, University of New England)

'Brilliant performance - really engaging ... My 11 year old loved it too!'

(Bronwyn Johnson, Executive Director, Climarte)

'Thanks for the wonderful, thought provoking, and entertaining show at Tatura. Many people came up to me afterwards talking about how great it was and joyously giving me the “thumbs up”, and for a few moments I was able to vicariously enjoy the feeling of being responsible for creating a powerful sense of community purpose when it was really down to The Simon Kerr Perspective. Loved it! Please keep up your wonderful work – the world needs it' (Robert McLean, Director, Tatura Transition Town Film Festival)

'Great music and visuals. Thoughtful lyrics that traverses despair through to hope for our planet' (Associate Professor Vivien Holmes, ANU College of Law)

'Artistically it is a beautifully composed narrative of song and sight that touches the soul and the conscience of our generation', (Prof John Braithwaite, Australian National University)

'Music for a Warming World is deeply inspiring. The music and the visuals are beautifully woven together and delivered by a talented bunch of musicians.  The show left me feeling uplifted and motivated. I highly recommend it', (Vincent Ryan, Director, Kreative Konnections).

'Climate Change is possibly the greatest threat we are facing.  The musical evening presented by Simon Kerr, beautifully expresses this threat as well as presenting a message of hope in a powerful way, music, poetry and projected images. An inspiring presentation', (Lynette Luther, President, Bayside Climate Change Action Group, Melbourne)

‘A new way of thinking about climate change. Through music and beautiful graphics this show will open your mind and stimulate your senses’.  (Prof Rod Keenan, Forest and Ecosystem Science, The University of Melbourne)

'It was simply a fabulous evening! We’ve had many very positive comments about your event. People really warmed to the content, the music and singing and to the ambience.  You have struck such an honest note of pathos in your presentation and balanced it so sensitively with hope that encourages courage and resolve to flourish.

 

I’m reminded of former President of the Czech Republic’s words, Vaclav  Havel, “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  Your whole program calls the audience forth to their Highest Common Denominators, to what ultimately “makes sense.” I like that'. (Gail Pritchard, President, A Grandstand for the Environment) 

'The Simon Kerr Perspective are tackling the overpowering zeitgeist of climate change and turning it into climate courage. Miss this performance and you could remain, unfortunately, quiet and despondent. See and hear it and your hope and energy could be restored'. (Prof Adrian Evans, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Convener, Australia and New Zealand Legal Ethics Colloquium, Melbourne, 2015)

‘Thought provoking and engaging’,  (Prof Fiona Haines, Social and Political Science, The University of Melbourne) 

‘If you've been in despair, thinking what the hell can I do about climate change and/or not really sure what it means, see Simon Kerr's ‘Music for a Warming World’. In the show, Simon approaches the issue from so many angles and with so much consideration that by the end, you feel like climate change is a troubled friend who you want to help out’,  (Mal Webb, Australian Musical Icon)

‘Recently a Multi-media Music Performance evening I went to in Brisbane presented by The Simon Kerr Perspective brought together some great Melbourne musicians for a special evening. Simon Kerr is behind this particular venture, a Politics Academic who's decided guitar & song may be a more powerful way to reach new audiences for communicating around Climate Change & this was one of the formative performances of this developing program.


What struck me was how it felt to be in the audience dealing with this potent material... the contemplative nature of music with visuals breathed life into one's musings ... sitting back in a chair under the stars, it was possible to engage for longer on subjects that media is throwing out all the time in a way that can make one very weary! I didn't find myself tuning out but was drawn in.


It felt more like I was part of a collective experience than it's often possible to feel. I've attended numerous forums & talks over years touching on these themes ... there's been degrees of stimulation or insight that have come from that ... but the music offered something entirely different. And with the visuals + text prompts + other brief input, it really was a very unique space to be sharing with others (Sophie Munns, Brisbane Visual Artist, Homage to the Seed Project)

'It was such a beautiful and innovative way of tackling global warming. Thanks so much for having me in this fabulous event. I thought this kind of event should be presented to the Korean public as well. There's growing interest in ‘transition city’ in Korea, but the issue is how to broaden the initiative beyond the reach of like-minded people. This event is fantastic to touch on peoples’ empathy, encouraging them to act against global warming' (Seung-Hun Hong, ANU visiting scholar, South Korea)

'Music for a Warming World was a magical combination of music, pictures, accurate science and creative words. Its music and its message was accessible to a wide variety of ages and attitudes' (Rev John McRae, Uniting Church, Hobart) 

'I really enjoyed … the performance by Simon. It was a positive … interpretation of the themes running through the debate on tackling climate change both on a global and a local level. The multimedia performance is a fresh way of considering important issues and how to deal with them' (Dr Judith Preston, Solicitor and Environmental Law, Macquarie University)

‘Art can be activism, as this musical production shows. Simon Kerr draws his audience in and sings them through a range of climate-related music and emotions that both challenge and uplift', (Dr Samuel Alexander, Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne, and the Simplicity Institute)

'Simon Kerr's musical/visual interpretation of climate change(Music for a Warming World) is a must experience for everyone concerned about the biggest issue facing humanity. He doesn't shy away from the facts, but ends with great hope' (Tony Gleeson - Radio Presenter - The Sustainable Hour  - The Pulse - Community Radio, Geelong)

'The Simon Kerr Perspective have put together a fabulous show that draws on peer-reviewed science, quotes, facts and figures, (and) weaves together song and overhead visuals.


One of the pieces that really hit home was played by violinist Kylie Morrigan. Composed with one note representing the average global temperature for a single year from 1880 to 2015, it got higher and higher until it felt really frantic … 2015 is the hottest recorded year to date. What kind of world are we bequeathing to our grandchildren?


That’s where the hope comes in. We can do more than ride our bikes and be vigilant about our recycling. Instancing the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (a private charitable fund) who have recently announced their decision to withdraw their funds from fossil fuel investments, he encouraged us to find out what kind of investments our banks and super funds are making. With a playful song entitled ‘Cheerio Coal’, he ended with a call to action: disinvest from the fossil fuel sector and stop propping up an economy that drives climate change', (Charlotte Frances, Blogger,)

Fan's comments
'Brilliant ... Powerful and thought provoking' (Kali, from Melbourne show, March 2016)

‘The show was so fresh and innovative in what you were trying to achieve, and I thank you for that. It really got me thinking about how I/we can make a difference. The music was what I originally came for, but the artists who performed gave me more than I bargained for. With thought provoking lyrics that expressed the passion of the artists for the cause they feel so strongly about and just a fantastic night, I can't speak highly enough about my experience’

(Kaz, from first Brisbane show)

‘The multimedia was compelling, it demanded attention’
(Michael, from first Melbourne show)
'Beautiful & very emotional music . Thank you so much 🎻🎼🎸' (Patricia, Tatura Film Festival) 

'Thanks for your performance today, such a great initiative and beautiful songs. I came home and checked the sustainable options for investments with my super fund'

(Dianne, May 2017)