The Usefulness of Art

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about

Twenty-odd years ago, as I was studying at the Victorian College of the Arts, it was reading Rodin's views on "The Usefulness of Artists" that helped inform my own raison d'être for pursuing a life in music. Nearly two and a half decades later, I believe I understand more clearly the necessity of art to our everyday lives.

At a time when fear governs politics rather than vision and principles, at a time when we cannot offer our hand to those in need, at a time when support for music education is diminishing but studies show that music increases our empathy towards others and that it also has positive effects on the development of neural pathways, how can we not be encouraging more artistic experience and participation? This is the time when art is most useful!

With an air of optimism, “The Usefulness of Art” seeks to express the essence of the qualities that art can engender - may it bring you a little happiness!

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released February 11, 2013

All compositions by Adam Simmons
Additional material from Anthony Baker (Acceptance) and Howard Cairns (Generosity)

Adam Simmons - bass clarinet
Howard Cairns - double bass
Anthony Baker - drums

Adam is a Selmer artist and performs exclusively on a SELMER Paris Privilege bass clarinet

Recorded by Myles Mumford, at Head Gap, 28-29 June 2012
Mastered by Adam Dempsey, Deluxe Mastering
Design by Celsius Design
Spiral data tato design by Philip Chapman-Bell origami.oschene.com

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Fat Rain Music Melbourne, Australia

"Fat Rain" is the rain that comes on a hot sultry afternoon, those large splotches that fall singularly from the sky, splattering in the gravel and exploding on windscreens...

Founded by Adam Simmons, Fat Rain's focus is on improvised and jazz music but basically dedicated to providing engaging music, believing good art is not simply entertaining but should leave an impression!
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