Musician's Soul in Sunset Event

By Kate Gauntlett The West Australian, Thursday February 8 2001
Perth International Arts Festival

Sitting under a setting sun, a rising full moon and leafy trees might seem like a good way to wind down after a hard day.

Music therapist Robert Boyd adds a dance performance - with themes of nature and rebirth, a poetry reading and his own keyboard music to ensure guests are properly de-stressed at mass meditation.

The free event, at the Kings Park exhibition area tonight, is part of the Fringe Festival, a Perth International Arts Festival initiative.

Mr Boyd said he would ask guests to reflect on rebirth into the millennium, focusing on harmony between nature and future generations of humanity.

"When you get a collective group of people concentrating on one thing it expands the whole feeling of the thing," he said.

The meditation process meant different things to different people. "If you're an avid churchgoer, you would call it an evening of prayer, others call it an evening of contemplation, or putting it another way,  Prayer is talking to God and Meditation is listening to God" Mr Boyd said.

Last year, hundreds of people attended Mr Boyd's first Fringe sunset meditation.

"I had no idea whether two or two thousand people would turn up," he said. "A lot of people were visibly moved - one lady asked why we didn't do this every day."

Mr Boyd, who has produced four CDs, has been involved in sound and music therapy for many years.

Other Fringe events include samba music, costume and twirling workshops and phone theatre. Details on 9221 0333.

FAX received from WA Fringe Festival Office:

ATTENTION ROBERT AND ALL INVOLVED IN SUNSET MEDITATION 2

HAVE A GREAT SHOW -

THANKS TO YOU WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET ANY WORK DONE AS WE HAVE BEEN AVERAGING 15 CALLS EACH HOUR ASKING ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE. THANKS FOR BEING IN THE FRINGE!

TONY, CHRISTINA, DEB, BROOKE.