From the Amazon to The Sea- Ancestral Voices Workshop

May 3rd, 2013 by admin Categories: Teaching Music Improv, VocalEase, Workshops No Responses
From the Amazon to The Sea- Ancestral Voices Workshop
From the Amazon to the Sea- Ancestral Voices

From the Amazon to the Sea- Ancestral Voices

Jungle Beat to Tropical Sea- A Vocal Workshop with Joanna Finch

 

Freshly back in the Valley from an inspiring musical journey in Antigua WI and Ecuador, Joanna Finch is presenting a vocal workshop on Sunday May 5 from 3:00-6:00 at the Abbey in Cumberland for actors, singers and anyone who has a voice!
“Ancestral Voices/Switch! is a new version of a game I’ve been presenting for years. I’ve been working on my ‘voices’ while performing with Reggae bands in Antigua and as the soundtrack/sound effects composer for the professional puppet theatre with Peruvian puppet master, Magico Herrera. The birdsongs and dialects of the Kichwan in the Amazon and the rhythms of the Cuban Jazz Funk band I performed with in Cuenca all have added to my repertoire of sounds. Everyone loves this game of world voice exploration- it’s like a vocal safari.”
This three hour experience in VocalEase games and music-making will be fun and leave you feeling refreshed and with new tools for communicating an an authentic way. The group sings in a circle incorporating sound patterns that Joanna lays out, and with partners, using movement and body music to lock the rhythms in. Improvisational singing releases tension and helps to improve mental clarity with the body/vocal integration. It is both easy and challenging, as singing is a natural human sound and even those who think they can’t (or shouldn’t) sing can do this successfully.
Joanna has been teaching vocal improv in Canada, Antigua and Ecuador for almost a decade to school children, private groups and in public performances, offering warm encouragement and a safe and creative environment. You can see recent samples of Vocal improv in Ecuador at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyHd_e3oDzo&feature=share&list=PL02F632A1F62DE4D9

Go to VocalEase at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/VocalEase/575695529113597 for more info about this and other workshops. Please call Joanna at 250 792-3717 or email joyjobird@gmail.com to register. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25.00. All ages welcome!

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VocalEase around the world

January 24th, 2013 by admin Categories: Projects, Teaching Music Improv, VocalEase, Workshops No Responses
VocalEase around the world

It feels great to be offering classes in Voice and Movement again. The multi-cultural experience of Antigua excites my ears- this environment is rich in sounds and communication forms.
As a travelling teacher/performer I feel blessed to have a universal language- music- to share with everyone I meet.

Classes in Antigua are held at Yoga Antigua in English Harbour at the Yacht Club Marina

Tuesday 3:30-5:00

Wednesday 10:00-11:30

Saturday 10:00-11:30 and 5:45-7:30

All classes are 35.00 EC- men and women welcome, until January 30. PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS AVAILABLE.

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My Story- How I came to Teach Improvisational Experimental Music

May 16th, 2012 by admin Categories: Blog, Press, Projects, Teaching Music Improv, VocalEase No Responses
My Story- How I came to Teach Improvisational Experimental Music

The Remarkable Human Voice

Improvising is a way of life for me. I improvise when I cook, I don’t use recipes. Each day is  different, I am not a person of habit and routine. When I take to the hills on unfamiliar trails I don’t bring a map. I use my instincts and sometimes I get lost. But I always find my way home. As much as I love a melody I’m inclined to stray away from the written notes and find harmony and syncopation that gives me the musical edge  I need to feel creatively charged. When I first met Rhiannon at Hollyhock on Cortes Island in 2005 and opened my voice to freedom, I knew I had found my tribe. Thanks to Rhiannon’s masterful teaching, and her and Bobby McFerron’s vocal improv games, my practice of vocal exploration took form and now, seven years later, I continue to develop and discover new ways to teach others how to enjoy the remarkable human voice.

Further studies with experimental musicians, Francois HouleEugene ChadbourneHan Bennink and Paul Plimley at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute in 2007 deepened my respect for improvising; I realized that everything I had learned about music in the structured forms of classical and jazz voice, as well as my ongoing fascination for ‘noises’  could be applied to the art of improvisation. I fully engaged in my remarkable ability to imitate sounds, especially electronics, stringed instruments and woodwinds, and found that my voice is an unlimited instrument with a five octave range with tones and textures  that I have a lifetime to discover. My tribe grew. There is a whole world of serious , classical and jazz musicians making unusual and exciting improvised music, and I am one of them. All over the world there are traditional cultures using voice in inspiring and astonishing ways and children playing, discovering interesting sounds and rhythms in everyday objects.

I was sleeping in a tent on Cortes Island on the last night of Rhiannon’s workshop at Hollyhock  and awoke in the middle of the night from a dream in which I was teaching kids, noisy kids who are usually told to “stop making that noise!”I devised a name for my classes: Kids Improvisational Dance Sing and Play In Nature- KIDSPIN- and began to make up exercises and games. I wanted to encourage kids to love the inate ability they have to improvise and imitate sounds, the natural instinct they have to move when they sing, and to encourage the sound effects that accompany play. I envisioned an a cappella chorus of children singing, dancing and improvising while using kitchen utensils for added percussion and tonal effect.

In Antigua, when I was there for seven months during  the winter of 2007/08, I found an eager group of young girls who were skilled singers and improvisors. We went to the Antigua National Radio station, Observer Radio where we sang on the air for radio personality, Kim Derrick. I was so inspired by my time in Antigua, I met with the Antiguan School board with a proposal to teach experimental music in the schools. The officials were enthusiastic and supportive, but since I was without teaching credentials they couldn’t hire me. I returned to Canada with a plan to integrate improvisational singing with my work as an Education Assistant.

Duet in animal movements and sounds

I practice every day. I use breath sounds, grunts and sighs, tongue and lip percussion, sonorous chest tones that sound like bears or Siberian throat singers , and siren sounds that resemble insects, Vocal Cornets, (10 Take Myself Out Dancing) or theremins. Exploring sounds does not preclude my interest in traditional musical forms. I love the fact that my instrument is always with me. I imitate ravens and wind when I’m walking in the woods; I sing opera when I  feel the need to breathe deeply and make a big sound; I improvise free jazz and let poetry move through me mingled with melody and rhythm. I  mirror the sounds around me as I go about my day and allow my emotional state to process my journey through sounds and songs. The exploration of an instrument that is always with us  is a gift. All we have to do to feel connected is to sing. From singer/songwriter to vocal improvisor, my voice is my home, my OM…

Kidspin and VocalEase demo, live on-the-air

VocalEase Antigua interview with Kim Derrick

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Podcast – Kali Loves Aphrodite CHLY Radio Interview

January 16th, 2012 by admin Categories: Blog, Podcasts, Press, Teaching Music Improv No Responses
Podcast – Kali Loves Aphrodite CHLY Radio Interview

On Tuesday, November 22 I was inteviewed by Pam Edgar of LIving For the Health of It. We discussed the importance of breathing when we have pain or fear. We talked in detail about the workshop. And Allison, a woman who had attended a workshop in Courtenay five years ago called in to sing my praises! Thanks, Alison, for your call.

The link will be posted as soon as it’s up on CHLY. In the meantime, listen live to CHLY, Malaspina University Radio in Nanaimo here: http://chly.ca/the-program-schedule/listen/podcasts/

The Dance of Shiva and Kali

In the dance of Shiva and Kali all joy and sorrow disappear

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