November 16, 2013
Author of the recent book Vocal River, Rhiannon will sing both free improvisation and songs, read passages enlivening your concept of improvisation in your music and life, and answer your burning musical questions. Rich and complex, direct and inspiring, this exciting event will be more a performance than a reading.
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women’s jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist. In recent years she has continued to refine her improvisation work by performing in the a cappella trio WeBe3 with Joey Blake and David Worm, both 25-year members of Voicestra. Rhiannon also is working with renowned instrumentalists Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Otmaro Ruiz and Jetro Da Silva in an ensemble known as Spontaneous. Both groups tour internationally, giving completely improvised performances. Rhiannon’s new book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal River, was recently released (August 2013). The powerful body-based vocal improvisation and sound healing process that Rhiannon teaches internationally has been extended to include a year-long training called All The Way In. Rhiannon tours internationally and lives the rest of the year on her small farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, cultivating the arts through farming.