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Kyron’s Pitch Perfect Documentary

Story: Aleasha Bliss
Nov 29, 2020
Kyron’s Pitch Perfect Documentary
Eighteen-year-old Kyron (Ky) Lovell has a very rare musical gift – he has perfect pitch.

The multi-instrumentalist from Redcliffe is  conquering stereotypes about disabilities by showing off his natural musical talents in a documentary.

The complicated pieces he can play led to a documentary showcasing his abilities being submitted into the Focus on Ability Film Festival. Ky’s film was nominated as one of the top five finalists for the NOVA Choice award, with entrants from over 26 countries around the world.

The Focus on Ability Film Festival films are available to view on their website.

Ky was diagnosed at birth with Noonan Syndrome. He had epilepsy until he was eight and is on the autistic spectrum. Ky’s intellectual and physical disabilities create a daily challenge for the talented musician.

Ky’s mother Tahlia said she decided in the hospital she was going to ensure him every opportunity. By not excluding her son and following his cues, a passion for music was developed and has left everyone in awe of Ky’s “wild” talents.

As soon as Tahlia could prop Ky up he would start drumming with any item he could get his hands on – tins, sticks, pens – and although he is mostly non-verbal, he can name every musical instrument.

“Music is his world,” Tahlia said. “He plays music from the time he wakes up to when he sleeps. His music therapist discovered he has perfect pitch. It’s such a rare thing to have. He has always had this crazy ability to play what he can hear, but we didn’t realise it had a label.”

This talent saw him be immediately accepted into the Queensland College of Music after they witnessed his skills on a marimba, an instrument Ky had never played before.

“He could see a marimba and got very excited, saying marimba over and over,” Tahlia said.

“They gave him some mallets and he started playing. They were blown away.”

Tahlia said Ky’s enthusiasm for life was infectious and everyone that connected with him mentioned his positive energy and the joy he brought to their lives.

“People with significant disabilities can do magnificent things; if they don’t get opportunities nothing happens," Tahlia said. "It’s the freaks of nature that inspire us – and it’s amazing that Ky’s talent is being highlighted.”

For more on Ky, check out his Instagram @kyronlovellmusic