In Episode 2 of Creativity Talks, Trisnasari Fraser and Phil Carroll discuss the importance of music during COVID-19. Trisna is a PhD candidate in Music at the University of Melbourne, and Phil is a musician with whom Trisna is working as part of her PhD project. Trisna's research explores how music and dance can be used to facilitate intercultural understanding and social cohesion, and how music-making practices are adapting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trisna and Phil have been performing music and dance together for over twenty years, including the Egyptian folk dance Baladi, meaning 'of the country'.

Image courtesy of Trisnasari Fraser

In Part 2, Trisna and Phil discuss how musical practices are adapting due to social and physical distancing restrictions, and how, despite exciting developments in technology, there is still a need for physical closeness in live music making.

Frederic Kiernan is the Research Coordinator of the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) at the University of Melbourne.