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

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

Go to VocalEase at Facebook for more info about this and other workshops. Please call Joanna at 250 792-3717 or email to register. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25.00. All ages welcome!

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