East Perth’s Regal Palace carpark set to be jazzed up

Mace Francis WA Youth Jazz Orchestra testing the acoustics in an East Perth carpark.
Mace Francis WA Youth Jazz Orchestra testing the acoustics in an East Perth carpark.

AN EAST Perth carpark has been earmarked for a bit of jazzing up.

Activate Perth and WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) have teamed up to bring some smooth tunes in addition to the airconditioning and car engine revs at the Regal Place carpark.

Mace Francis from WAYJO today tested the acoustics with his trombone in the space, which is set to become inundated on game days with Optus Stadium open.

Mr Francis, who did his thesis on acoustics, nominated the space after using it for part of his research.

“I came to this carpark years ago when I started my research as a potential space and the airconditioning was quite active,” he said.

“You try to find unusual acoustic properties to interact with and creating music to work with the space rather than fight against it.”

Activate Perth executive chair Anne-Marie Ferguson said there could potentially be multiple performers.

“With the advent of the Perth Stadium, this carpark will see more activity and Mace’s idea was maybe have a soloist on each level, so little activations like that don’t require hundreds of people,” she said.

“To come to the carpark for the footy and have someone playing the sax, we hope will surprise and delight.”

Ms Ferguson said other ideas that came to fruition had worked a treat.

“We had a parklet party next door to the carpark, and that was there for 20 years and had never been used for community event, and yet it’s a lovely little space and 170 people turned out,” she said.

Performance dates will be announced in coming weeks.

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