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Can art save us?
An odd question in that it seems to imply art is somehow independent of us ie it possesses its own agency. Art comes from inside us as a response to our consciousness. Our need to make art comes from the awareness of our mortality. It's a response to the mystery and beauty of our existence along with the underlying realisation of its impermanence. In addition there are there are social benefits that come from art.
In particular music which is by and large a collective experience. It gives us a reason to celebrate the power of our collective imagination and stories. It's central our communication and connectedness and sustains culture.
Art can save us in the sense that our lives would be unrecognisable without it.
‚Äú Without music, life would be a mistake‚Äù, Nietzsche l.
Gary Daley is a highly respected pianist, accordionist, composer and teacher from Springwood NSW. Best known as a musician playing in some of the elite bands of Australian jazz; most notably, The catholics. He appears on many highly regarded Australian recordings with numerous artists.
He leads the quartet, Bungarribee, which features his own compositions along with interpretations from the classical repertoire. Gary's projects have received many glowing reviews and he has presented his music at major venues and festivals. He is the recipient of two Australia council for the arts grants for new work and recording.
Another side to Gary is his appearances on the ABC TV children's channel in the twice aria nominated pre-school show Lah Lah's Adventures and the Stripy Sock Club. In addition to performing, recording and touring Gary is the artistic director for the highly regarded concert series, Live at the the Village in the NSW Blue Mountains.