November 17, 2013
This is a gathering for strong, committed singers as well as vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation with their students. With a circle of other talented singers and teachers, all open to the power of improvisation, our work can go deep! We will devote our energy to uncovering how improvisation can change lives for singers, vocal students and teachers. Improvisation is a beautiful musical force and a wonderful lifechanging tool, because it propels us to stay awake and present in every moment. In order to have a rich palette of musical colors to work with, we will also talk about how technical skills intersect personal development and spiritual practice.
Rhiannon is a unique and extraordinary vocalist, performance artist, composer and master teacher whose musical vision embraces jazz, a cappella, improvisation, world music and storytelling. Her most recent book is Vocal River, a story of passionate commitment to music. In it she shares her exuberance, her craft, and her fresh insights into the dimensions and gifts of improvisation, including 27 detailed exercises.
Performing improvisations and compositions, saxophonist Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano demonstrate their approach to effectively mixing electronic effects and acoustic instruments in the same piece. Bring your own electronics to explore group playing together! Open to all.
Bad Luck creates “powerful, virtuosic, cutting-edge music” according to All About Jazz. Chris Icasiano and Neil Welch use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound in their original compositions. Bad Luck has released two albums (Bad Luck and Bad Luck Two) and an EP (Bloodroot) to date.
This workshop begins by finding the “dance” of 9/4, 11/4 and other odd meters, which is everything! You’ll work on internalizing these meters through movement before singing and playing. We’ll spend time clapping, moving and counting with the goal being to remove any fear or discomfort. These seemingly complicated meters are are no more difficult from other more familiar meters, once your body feels the groove! For all instrumentalists and singers.
Keyboardist, producer Frank Martin has served as music director for Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin, appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sting, James Taylor and Elton John, and produced records for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has performed or recorded with John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and many others.
The SF Early Music Society presents “Wingin It”, an evening of music inspired by birdsong. Frances and the Galax Quartet will perform 17th and 18th century works (Couperin, van Eyck) as well as newly-commissioned pieces for recorder and a string quartet of two baroque violins, bass viola da gamba and baroque violoncello. Featuring new works by Erika Oba, Glen Shannon and Roy Whelden.