Janenne Willis doesn’t do things by halves. We’re talking whole body emersion riding with the tide here. We meet over coffee and the mood is merry, open and generous. This bird soars with the best of them with an earnest intent that comes from her free-spirited core. She wants more.
She believes in belief.
Entrepreneurs are hard to find but Ms Willis comes from a long line of adventurers and explorers (a relative put Wilson’s Promontory National Park on the map and another proposed the Snowy River Scheme). There’s an artist auntie and nana too. This Balnarring babe has been around the world and back, was Chair of the Next Wave Festival for six years after working with them for nine, and, is the ideas gal behind the incredibly interesting sensory explosion that is SWELL. Never heard of it?
You have now.
“Music is one of my biggest loves. I grew up going to gigs across the Peninsula, lugging gear for bands. The idea of creating a live music experience that encapsulated more than musicians on stage has captivated me for a long time. SWELL (which she’s just received a $14,000 grant from the Creative Victoria Music Works Rockin’ the Laneways Project for) merges creative mediums like music, performance and poetry, but it’s more than that,” she continues.
This is how SWELL works. Participants arrive at a destination. There are five bells. Five opportunities for musical and installation experience. Movement. Music. Madness. For three hours.
The first incarnation of this authentic event was held at The Carlton Club in town. The second was in the abandoned basement of the Royal Women’s Hospital as part of Melbourne Music Week and the third is happening on our home turf on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 this year!
“Point Nepean. Yes! On the tip of Nepean Park. It’s true!” she gasps. Thank you Parks Victoria! “This time we are focusing on a historical journey of music on the Peninsula including an ecological perspective.”
So, ink it in peeps. We are talking the Harold Holt Memorial, Gun Emplacement, Fort Pearce, tunnels and Indigenous site of significance and there’s only room for 125 people per session.
Check FB @swelllivemusic for details and tickets.