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The Making of COWICHAN

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Published on Mar 8, 2013

Who and what could motivate a group of experienced jazz musicians to climb onto a crab boat one chilly summer morning at 6:00 am and give it their all playing a jazz arrangement of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy"?

Who and what could inspire a well known arranger and pianist to play a grand piano on the edge of the Cowichan Bay dock or a classical
guitarist to play Bach while sitting on a rock in the Koksilah river?

Who understood that the wonderful Glenora Hand Bell Choir's performance moves us beyond words to explain the power of music in a community.

Part of the answer is about how artists, performing artists and the visual artists, never pass up the opportunity to share their voices and invest their gifts in celebrating their community.

Part of the answer is about how a conversation evolved into a collaboration between two across-the-street neighbours in Cowichan Bay; internationally known videographer Nick Versteeg and retired composer and arranger Eric Smith both of whom tapped into their local networks and found nearly 100 musicians and singers who were willing to go anywhere and do anything needed to make this project a success.

As Steve Jobs explained "Creativity is just connecting things. Creative artists just see something. It seems obvious to them."

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