Photographs ©Paul Daly, PhotoSensitive. Kids Who Can, PhotoSensitive in partnership with Easter Seals, 2012.
Deborah Hawksley engages Anton Buckley, who is visually impaired, in musical participation. While Anton strummed, Deborah would chord and vocalize, trying to match his playing. Sometimes she would also use the piano and the gathering drum to engage Anton in imitative playing. “He had certain rhythms that he used to play, so I would try and engage him, and often play the rhythms that he would play. I would tap the drum, and see what he would respond with, and what he gave me, I would tap on the drum as well. We’re using back and forth, imitative playing to engage him in a musical dialogue.”