Vocal River Hawaii: One-Day Workshop at Leo Nani Farms
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Deepen your improvisational vocabulary and intuitive skills. Invent personal and ensemble music, using movement, solo work, song form, small ensemble exercises, and group collaborations from Rhiannon's book Vocal River. Find your unique and personal sound as we meld intuition and invention with skill and heart.
Growing the music improvisation work with strong singers.
This workshop will be held at Leo Nani Farms. Directions
Bring a bag lunch. Fee $100.
Rhiannon's book is totally
off the hook!
These gatherings are designed for strong, experienced singers, vocal teachers and healers who want to be more engaged in improvisation. Rhiannon has built her process for teaching vocal improvisation on the idea that we must be solid in musical skills, develop intuition and be available to the mystery and grace that exist when creating music spontaneously. Believing that improvisation belongs in personal creativity as well as performance, she has developed a process to make improvisation an essential piece of a singer's training. These exercises unfold in a carefully articulated progression. Working in circle, students first improvise melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and interlocking parts in solo and small ensemble games. Then in learning to improvise as an ensemble, with exercises using the natural connection of body and voice, you learn to reveal a vulnerable, authentic sound. You also practice using language, both invented and in your native tongue, sung and spoken, as part of your musical repertoire. Many of these games become strong performance pieces and teach you how to invent a group sound without a leader. Learning to improvise as an ensemble with shared responsibility and power teaches deep listening, generosity, courage and musical awareness.
Rhiannon’s ability to de-mystify the mysterious worlds of improvisation and of healing is second to none. The strength of her commitment, blend of patience & hard work, ability to keep it real in all circumstances, and especially to stay vulnerable is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
- Sam Rogers
Delve in deeply!
- Bobby McFerrin