“When Did We Stop Singing?”. Vocal Improvisation and Circle Singing as a metaphor and tool for community building. Deb Hensley. www.improvox.com www.whendidwestopsinging.com. When did you stop singing?. Welcome, Introductions, Hopes and Concerns around the circle
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Vocal Improvisation and Circle Singing as a metaphor and tool
for community building
Review: safety, confidentiality, permission to "pass," encouragement to try etc.
Vocal ensembling/improvisation as a metaphor and tool for building community: (brainstorm parallels-- v short discussion to set intention for wkshop)
How often do you actually sing (individually or with others)?
Do you feel free to sing in public...why or why not?
Do you think singing a natural part of human expression?
How do indigenous cultures use singing to build community?
Why has Western culture largely stopped singing in community?
Do you think singing is important to peace-building, sustainability and communities of all kinds?
…of a basic human need
OOHVISI singing models a way for communities to establish interdependence, connection and celebration, stronger rhythmic routines, emergent themes, and a defined identity
Design, Story, Orchestra, Empathy, Play, Meaning
- A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Out of the box thinking
Out of the box
Accessing the “Overvoice”
Out of the box
Out of the box
“The secret of life is to discover your song and the meaning of life is to sing it.”
"Dig a Duck”
Speaking: Your Story/Our Story --two word story around circle, get it going until it feels like one story
Call and response tones/scale patterns/names
Round: When You Were Born
Long Tones--unison then harmonics and back to unison
Write your name with a lazer beam
Ahm ah ee boo” rolling round—
from Ysay Barnwell of Sweet Honey and the Rock)
Whole group sings together, then ask for volunteers to sing as a smaller group.
Listen deeply to the many melodies created within
this one song when many people sing it together.
Debrief discussion around these concepts: What did this teach us about community building--collective endeavor, unforeseen ideas that come forward in community, deep listening, attention, holding individual part vital, hearing the "overvoice" etc.
And what they teach us about community
Group Home--2 or 3 people choose a rhythmic or melodic riff together, then the next three etc--can be harmonies or interlocking parts. Invite volunteers to improvise (2 at a time)
Debrief: how do these vocal experiences relate to community.
What did you have to do individually and collectively to make them work?
What was difficult/scary/fun/interesting/unifying etc...
Clapping and Object Rhythms
Body Body Body
Sylvie with Body Rhythm
Aie Aye Mo Chi Noomba
Quodlibits: Swing Low/When the Saints/Coming Round the Mt.
When I breathe in I breath in peace…
I will believe the Truth about myself...
The Tarantulas are on the Road
Aie Aye Mo CheNoomba
Lay Down my Sword and Shield (ask for input)
Can't imagine life without...
Choo can get to feeling happy,
What to do if you can't get Pizza...what to do when it rains...
when I breathe out, I breath out love
Breathe out….breathe in… breathe out…breathe in….
Invite people who are inclined, to try setting up their own voicestra and improvise with it
Keep Breathing (As the chorus of this continues invite participants to consider a time in their life when…..and share this aloud when ready)
Long tones and goodbye....
Voice is inherent in each of us, everyone has a VOICE.
May not ultimately be about physical singing, but YOUR VOICE is vital to the community, both as a support and a melody in itself. Pay attention to it and use it.
Identify where your VOICE lives (what is your primary means of expression?)
Thank you for considering the primal, ancestral nature of music here today and its implications for community building