Vocal Improvisation: An Intermediate Introduction - Oxford
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Vocal Improvisation: An Intermediate Introduction - Oxford

This is a weekend for singers who can sing in tune, keep a beat, and want an adventure.

For those with a passion for singing and a thirst for musical space broader than song, band or choir, Vocal Improvisation offers singers an open space for skilled expression, an unusually deep opportunity to collaborate with other singers (and instrumentalists, but not in this workshop), and a rich musical challenge.

It works our selves. The artform reaches to our souls and sends them through the air via our unique voices. People usually find this initially terrifying, and then very powerful. Over time, it welcomes us to settle into our full selves, and expand our comfort to be seen and heard.

Vocal Improvisation invites us rise as communitarians, as we co-create a container of safety and care, which the artform asks of us.

It works our chops - our applied music theory; as the musical map provided by composition is taken away, we have to up-skill our use of rhythm, harmony and melody - and wow, that feeds us: respecting ourselves as vocal musicians and training ourselves accordingly, step by step.

Most of all, Vocal Improv is really really fun, connective, a deep journey and more and more of us are becoming - or have become - hooked.

Briony Greenhill - recently called “The Joni Mitchell of a new generation,” "the Rolls-Royce of voice teachers," "a master" whose work is "life changing" - offers the only extended trainings in Vocal Improvisation available in the UK and a unique blend of expertise in vocal musicianship, voice coaching and improvisation, also increasingly informed by trauma literacy and Californian healing modalities.

Briony teaches this from general to advanced levels in the UK and U.S., has released the world's first entirely improvised five voice album and is currently producing another two albums. You can see a film of a recent live improvisation here, watch an old film about this teaching here (a new film is in production), and listen to the last album here.

Limited to 16 places.

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10.30am - 4pm.

Students have said:

“One of the most powerful experiences of my life! I feel changed on a cellular level!” (ok it was a 4 day retreat not a weekend…)

“Briony really made us all feel at home – starting off with exercises that didn’t force me outside of my comfort zone, and a no judgement pact, really allowed me to feel comfortable with the group, which then gave me the confidence to try out some solos.”

“It was seriously fun, crazy, inspiring, opening and meditative, all at the same time.”

“Some singing teachers teach you sing with your voice. Briony teaches you to sing with your heart and sing from your soul.”

“You made it feel like a womb. Protected, loved, nourished, warm and holding.”

Please direct questions to Dee@brionygreenhill.com.

www.brionygreenhill.com

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Vocal Improvisation for Men
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Vocal Improvisation for Men

Vocal Improvisation is the art of spontanous in-the-moment vocal composition, alone and with others. It can involve lyrics, rhythm, harmony, melody, baselines and beatboxing. I teach a version of the artform pioneered by Bobby McFerrin, Joey Blake and Rhiannon in the US, and my teaching tends to emphasise chops (musical rigour), your body's full voice, lyrics and collaboration.

Here are:

a film of Bobby and Joey improvising

an old film about my work (a new one is being made)

a live improvisation I did last month

the five-voice improvised album we made.

Hi men. You're under-represented right now in UK Vocal Improv. Usually 1-3 of you come to any workshops I do. We miss you. I miss you. Your voices are wanted!

So for the first time, I'm offering a men-only workshop, to share vocal improvisation with men specifically.

Vocal improv is challenging and it's best if you can already sing in tune and keep a beat.

And it's thrilling. I've been a singer my whole life and this is by far the best way of singing I've ever found. Which is why I'm devoted to it. And I'd love to welcome you to try it and / or go further with it.

All the very best,

Briony

www.brionygreenhill.com

Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4pm. Bring a packed lunch or cafes nearby. Kitchen facilities available.

The venue offers bnb at £35 if you're coming from afar. Email dee@brionygreenhill.com if you'd like to book.

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Vocal Improvisation: An Intermediate/Advanced Introduction
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Vocal Improvisation: An Intermediate/Advanced Introduction

  • Dartington Village Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a weekend for experienced singers: performers, teachers, choir leaders, composers, and experienced students / keen singers. If you're not sure, please get in touch to check: music@brionygreenhill.com.

For those with a passion for singing and a thirst for musical space broader than song, band or choir, Vocal Improvisation offers singers an open space for skilled expression, an unusually deep opportunity to collaborate with other singers (and instrumentalists, but not in this workshop), and a rich musical challenge.

It works our selves. The artform reaches to our souls and sends them through the air via our unique voices. People usually find this initially terrifying, and then very powerful. Over time, it welcomes us to settle into our full selves, and expand our comfort to be seen and heard.

Vocal Improvisation invites us rise as communitarians, as we co-create a container of safety and care, which the artform asks of us.

It works our chops - our applied music theory; as the musical map provided by composition is taken away, we have to up-skill our use of rhythm, harmony and melody - and wow, that feeds us: respecting ourselves as vocal musicians and training ourselves accordingly, step by step.

Most of all, Vocal Improv is really really fun, connective, a deep journey and more and more of us are becoming - or have become - hooked.

Briony Greenhill - recently called “The Joni Mitchell of a new generation,” "the Rolls-Royce of voice teachers," "a master" whose work is "life changing" - offers the only extended trainings in Vocal Improvisation available in the UK and a unique blend of expertise in vocal musicianship, voice coaching and improvisation, also increasingly informed by trauma literacy and Californian healing modalities.

Briony teaches this from general to advanced levels in the UK and U.S., has released the world's first entirely improvised five voice album and is currently producing another two albums. You can see a film of a recent live improvisation here, watch an old film about this teaching here (a new film is in production), and listen to the last album here.

Limited to 16 places.

Saturday 10am-5pm (please bring something to share for lunch)

Sunday 12pm - 4.30pm. (no lunchbreak! Please eat a late brunch and bring a snack)

Students have said:

“One of the most powerful experiences of my life! I feel changed on a cellular level!” (ok it was a 4 day retreat not a weekend…)

“Briony really made us all feel at home – starting off with exercises that didn’t force me outside of my comfort zone, and a no judgement pact, really allowed me to feel comfortable with the group, which then gave me the confidence to try out some solos.”

“It was seriously fun, crazy, inspiring, opening and meditative, all at the same time.”

“Some singing teachers teach you sing with your voice. Briony teaches you to sing with your heart and sing from your soul.”

“You made it feel like a womb. Protected, loved, nourished, warm and holding.”

Please direct questions to Dee@brionygreenhill.com.

www.brionygreenhill.com

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California Extended Program
Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

California Extended Program

Nov 22 - 24 (inc eve of 23 Nov), Dec 13 - 15, Jan 17 - 19, Feb 14 - 16.

This is an extended program for singers keen to dive deeply into Vocal Improvisation, and become more personally at home in the artform; able to practice and even perhaps perform and lead others into it.

We will work with voice, vocal musicianship and vocal improvisation, a profound artform.

Vocal musicianship cultivates capacities with rhythm, harmony and melody, in ways that can be applied to all-round musicianship, songwriting, listening and improvisation. Our voice work cultivates your body’s full resonance, and the courage, freedom, authenticity and unique natural beauty of your voice. Improvisation is deep, sacred, fun, expressive, healing, just magical.

All students will gather for the full November 3 day weekend and dive deeply into vocal improvisation. Then there is a beginner/intermediate path, and an intermediate/advanced path.

For the December, January and February weekends, beginner-intermediate students will study vocal musicianship on Fridays. Intermediate-advanced students will study vocal musicianship on Saturdays. All students will come together to sing, improvise, apply and be creative with these chops on Sundays. If you feel you are intermediate and would like to do both Fridays and Saturdays, you may.

We’ll have monthly support calls between the sessions, and practice guidance will be provided. 2-4 hours practice per week is recommended.

Course cost: $1000. **I am open to going sliding scale on price as award-winning film maker Kirk Benitten will join the course as a student but also would like to do some filming - subject to student consent (and just certain parts, not all the time) - as he is making a film about me. Voice, artistry, mystery.**

Discounted places are available for two assistants. This is a non residential course and non-local students are responsible for their own accommodation.

Apply here.

Some of my students have said or written:

“Briony is the Rolls Royce of singing teachers!”

“This singing journey brings me both comfort and revolution and is a path for aligning with G*d/Spirt/The Great Mystery. Deep Gratitude.”

“One of the most powerful experiences of my life! I feel changed on a cellular level!”

“This workshop completely opened me up to new frontiers in sound healing. Thank you.”

“Some singing teachers teach you sing with your voice. Briony teaches you to sing with your heart and sing from your soul.”

“It was deeper than an ayahuasca ceremony; I grew more than in workshops with leading psychologists, and it’s the safest I’ve ever felt in a group.”

“Being bathed in beauty. Being held in love. Being winkled out of a shell. Being birthed into a new world.”

“You made it feel like a womb. Protected, loved, nourished, warm and holding.”

Apply here.

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Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2020 (Level 3)
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2020 (Level 3)

March 8-13, May 5-10, August 16 – 21, September 27- October 2nd 2020.

This is a unique extended study of vocal improvisation and vocal musicianship, taught through the voice, ear and body.

It is an in-depth program designed to strengthen singers’ musical rigour and integrate it into your authentic creative magnificence, whilst sensitively holding the personal development aspects of musical growth and containing that within a supportive community.

Watch the 2 min film or the 8 min film made about Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2018.

Level 3 is an intermediate level course.

Application form

Course basics

20 days residential tuition at Coed Hills near Cardiff, Wales. It’s a beautiful retreat centre amid open fields with views over the Bristol channel, beautiful woodlands, a stone circle and a sauna. The price includes lodging 2-3 to a room. Private rooms are available for a little extra. Organic plant-based meals (with a little meat and fish for the willing), 3 meals a day plus snacks. Dietary requirements accommodated.

2 – 4 hours personal practice per week. This is essential: be sure you can make time for this before committing to the course.

Practice guidance, support materials, and a monthly group zoom call to support practice.

A regular call with an assigned course buddy for mutual support.

Cost | £3500 | 2 places available at £3000 | 2 places available at £2500 | 2 assistant places available at £2000

Course Content

The Call

Are you a singer whose musical imagination and spirit goes further than your public voice can right now?

Are you longing to really invest in your vocal musicianship, give yourself to it and lift your abilities and musical place in the world to the next level?

Do you long to have more competence and confidence to collaborate with the musicians you want to sing with?

Do you want to gain a solid musical foundation, through the voice, in a patient, grounded, embodied, playful way?

Has music learning been heady, theoretical, disembodied, over-caffeinated, alienating, critical, un-vocal, unsocial, un-musical? Or unavailable, non-existent?

Do you want to be in your full natural power as a singer?

If so, this course is designed for you.

About Wild Voice, Solid Roots

Vocal Improvisation is a thrilling, challenging, profound approach to singing. It’s not usual in UK music culture, but it is, I believe, both ancient and very contemporary. It can be applied to performance, recording, community music, music learning and teaching, ritual, personal growth and healing, spiritual life, nature connection, birth and death. Wild Voice Solid Roots focuses on cultivating vocal musicianship while making room for these other dimensions of the art form, building up rigorous technique and excellent musicianship, and supporting each student to further their personal path as a vocalist.

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Re-Wilding the Voice  2020
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Re-Wilding the Voice 2020

A unique extended program combining Level 2 Vocal Musicianship training with an exploration of vocal improvisation’s application to the inner life, nature connection, groups, healing, ritual and the sacred.

In the mornings we will study chops: rhythm, harmony, melody, and creative integration in vocal improvisation. In the afternoons, we will explore some of the wider and deeper applications of the art form. All the while, we will work on the voice and bring out its authenticity, health, courage, strength, abilities and natural beauty.

Apply here

4 residential weeks: March 24 - 29, June 14 -19, Aug 30 – 4 Sept, and Oct 11-16 2020.

@ Coed Hills, Wales

Cost | £3500 | 2 places at £3000 | 2 places at £2500 | 2 assistant places at £2000.

Cost includes all tuition, organic plant-based food (3 daily meals + snacks), board 2-3 to a room (private rooms are available for a little extra), sauna, practice materials and support.

Students need to commit to 2-4 hours practice per week, a monthly group support call, and active buddy-pairs support relationships.

Context

What do we mean by ‘re-wilding the voice’ or ‘wild singing’, the title of most of my teaching?

Wildness has got some bad connotations. Raaaa! Wildness is brash, ugly, uncontrollable, loud, wild, dangerous.

Yet look at the first thing you can perceive that is wild. It may be the air upon your skin; the movement of the clouds above, the wind in the trees.

Wildness can be very still; very delicate.

Wildness is ecological genius.

Wildness is life living, evolving and being shaped by something more than human intelligence.

So when I talk about wild singing, I am talking about stepping out of music that is shaped by human intelligence, and into music that is shaped by more-than-human intelligence.

(This is why some of my students say this is inherently a spiritual practice, and some of my collaborators call it a ‘Jedi training.’)

Entering this state – where were are receptive to the more-than-human intelligence and let it have our voice – we enter, and become more and more able to know and access, a state of deep quiet, listening, and attunement.

In that state, we can hear more.

In this state of deep quiet, listening and attunement;
We can connect with the consciousness, perhaps the wisdom, of trees, rocks and other aspects of nature.
Some can relate with ancestors, and / or future generations.
We can feel and sing the inner lives of others
We can feel and sing our own deep inner truths, and through that, come to know them.
Then we can use this work for healing, ritual, prayer, and ‘therapeutic purposes.’

I put ‘therapeutic processes’ in inverted commas because, really, why did we ever separate singing and dancing from therapy? They’re inherently woven.

In between us as we (probably) are today and the state of deep quiet, can be things that we don’t want to feel.

So using the voice and the body, we have beautiful ways to feel and sing and move into those hard places; the voice and movement become like a river that can dislodge stuck rocks and carry them out to sea.

Rivers are inherently self-healing, self-cleansing.

There is a healing force in the universe and, among all else, we can choose to align ourselves with it.

And in this some choose meditation, some choose shamanism;

I choose voice, and body.

I choose dance, and song.

Some say or feel that it’s dangerous.

Historically, witches and shamans have been persecuted and killed for these capacities.

But, it’s a Thing. It just is, a Thing.

Voice is one of the main ways that led me to this; which is perhaps why some people want to or have been trained to keep their voices quiet; because they fear the depth of the power contained in there.

But it’s safe. Ethics guide us. It’s beautiful. It’s very beautiful indeed.

Here we go.

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Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2020 (Level 4)
Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2020 (Level 4)

Level 4 Wild Voice Solid Roots is an advanced-level extended study of vocal improvisation, voice and vocal musicianship, taught through the voice, ear and body.

It is an in-depth program designed to strengthen singers’ musical rigour and integrate it into your authentic creative magnificence, whilst also sensitively supporting the personal development aspects of musical growth, within community.

Watch the 2 min film or the 8 min film made about Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2018.

Course basics

April 17-19, June 24-6, August 12-14, Sept 11-13, November 13-15, evenings of 13.8, 12.9 and 14.11

@ The Space, London

15 days non-residential tuition | two public performances | optional photo and video

2 – 4 hours personal practice per week. This is essential: be sure you can make time for this before committing to the course.

Practice guidance, support materials, and a monthly group zoom call to support practice.

A regular call with an assigned course buddy for mutual support.

Cost | £900 - £750 sliding scale (pay what you can). 2 assistant places are available at £650.

Course Content

Application form

The Call

Are you a singer whose musical imagination and spirit goes further than your public voice can right now?

Are you longing to really invest in your vocal musicianship, give yourself to it and lift your abilities and musical place in the world to the next level?

Do you long to have more competence and confidence to collaborate with the musicians you want to sing with?

Do you want to gain a solid musical foundation, through the voice, in a patient, grounded, embodied, playful way?

Has music learning been heady, theoretical, disembodied, over-caffeinated, alienating, critical, un-vocal, unsocial, un-musical? Or unavailable, non-existent?

Do you want to be in your full natural power as a singer?

If so, this course is designed for you.

About Wild Voice, Solid Roots

Vocal Improvisation is a thrilling, challenging, profound approach to singing. It’s not usual in UK music culture, but it is, I believe, both ancient and very contemporary. It can be applied to performance, recording, community music, music learning and teaching, ritual, personal growth and healing, spiritual life, nature connection, birth and death. Wild Voice Solid Roots focuses on cultivating vocal musicianship while making room for these other dimensions of the art form, building up rigorous technique and excellent musicianship, and supporting each student to further their personal path as a vocalist.

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Nature's Song: Voice, Improvisation and Nature Connection with Sam Lee
Jun
2
to Jun 5

Nature's Song: Voice, Improvisation and Nature Connection with Sam Lee

Folk singer Sam Lee and I have been friends for twenty years, and we are delighted to teach together for the first time. I will lead improvisation, Sam will lead song, we will both lead nature connection, have fires and with luck lots of magic will come. Full details to come.

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Re-Wilding the Voice: an Introduction to Vocal Improvisation
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Re-Wilding the Voice: an Introduction to Vocal Improvisation

Briony Greenhill will be returning to Hill Cottage to run this exciting vocal improvisation weekend. She draws from the contemporary American tradition of collaborative vocal improvisation, with a combination of musical structure and freedom to create and share.

This weekend is equally suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

This is how she describes the process:

“We usually sing songs. Folk songs, choral compositions, band songs, songs we’ve written.

What happens when you take the song away, but keep singing? Alone and with others?

In India they’ll say that God sings through. In Shona culture, it’s the ancestors. For me, it’s Nature. When we drop the song, the knowing, the form – and listen, really listen – somehow we allow Life to sing us and Life is pretty magnificent.

Vocal Improvisation is an extreme sport, for singers with a creativity that naturally reaches out beyond the form of songs, and into a wilder territory. It’s for singers who can sing in tune, keep a beat, and want an adventure.

We’ll play with the forms that help singers create layered sound baskets, drop deeply into the resonant body and bring out the voice in its fullness, and we’ll play. Play play play.”

Briony teaches vocal improvisation internationally. Students describe her as the "Rolls Royce of singing teachers", "a master", her work as "life changing."

www.brionygreenhill.com

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Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00

Wild Voice, Solid Roots Level 4 - 2020

Level 4 Wild Voice Solid Roots is an advanced-level extended study of vocal improvisation, voice and vocal musicianship, taught through the voice, ear and body.

It is an in-depth program designed to strengthen singers’ musical rigour and integrate it into your authentic creative magnificence, whilst also sensitively supporting the personal development aspects of musical growth, within community.

Watch the 2 min film or the 8 min film made about Wild Voice, Solid Roots 2018.

Course basics

April 17-19, June 24-6, August 12-14, Sept 11-13, November 13-15, evenings of 13.8, 12.9 and 14.11

@ The Space, London

15 days non-residential tuition | two public performances | optional photo and video

2 – 4 hours personal practice per week. This is essential: be sure you can make time for this before committing to the course.

Practice guidance, support materials, and a monthly group zoom call to support practice.

A regular call with an assigned course buddy for mutual support.

Cost | £900 - £800 sliding scale (pay what you can). 2 assistant places are available at £650.

Course Content

Application form

The Call

Are you a singer whose musical imagination and spirit goes further than your public voice can right now?

Are you longing to really invest in your vocal musicianship, give yourself to it and lift your abilities and musical place in the world to the next level?

Do you long to have more competence and confidence to collaborate with the musicians you want to sing with?

Do you want to gain a solid musical foundation, through the voice, in a patient, grounded, embodied, playful way?

Has music learning been heady, theoretical, disembodied, over-caffeinated, alienating, critical, un-vocal, unsocial, un-musical? Or unavailable, non-existent?

Do you want to be in your full natural power as a singer?

If so, this course is designed for you.

About Wild Voice, Solid Roots

Vocal Improvisation is a thrilling, challenging, profound approach to singing. It’s not usual in UK music culture, but it is, I believe, both ancient and very contemporary. It can be applied to performance, recording, community music, music learning and teaching, ritual, personal growth and healing, spiritual life, nature connection, birth and death. Wild Voice Solid Roots focuses on cultivating vocal musicianship while making room for these other dimensions of the art form, building up rigorous technique and excellent musicianship, and supporting each student to further their personal path as a vocalist.

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Vocal Improvisation: An Advanced Introduction - London
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Vocal Improvisation: An Advanced Introduction - London

  • St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a weekend for experienced singers: performers, teachers, choir leaders, composers, and advanced students. If you're not sure, please get in touch to check: music@brionygreenhill.com.

For those with a passion for singing and a thirst for musical space broader than song, band or choir, Vocal Improvisation offers singers an open space for skilled expression, an unusually deep opportunity to collaborate with other singers (and instrumentalists, but not in this workshop), and a rich musical challenge.

It works our selves. The artform reaches to our souls and sends them through the air via our unique voices. People usually find this initially terrifying, and then very powerful. Over time, it welcomes us to settle into our full selves, and expand our comfort to be seen and heard.

Vocal Improvisation invites us rise as communitarians, as we co-create a container of safety and care, which the artform asks of us.

It works our chops - our applied music theory; as the musical map provided by composition is taken away, we have to up-skill our use of rhythm, harmony and melody - and wow, that feeds us: respecting ourselves as vocal musicians and training ourselves accordingly, step by step.

Most of all, Vocal Improv is really really fun, connective, a deep journey and more and more of us are becoming - or have become - hooked.

Briony Greenhill - recently called “The Joni Mitchell of a new generation,” "the Rolls-Royce of voice teachers," "a master" whose work is "life changing" - offers the only extended trainings in Vocal Improvisation available in the UK and a unique blend of expertise in vocal musicianship, voice coaching and improvisation, also increasingly informed by trauma literacy and Californian healing modalities.

Briony teaches this from general to advanced levels in the UK and U.S., has released the world's first entirely improvised five voice album and is currently producing another two albums. You can see a film of a recent live improvisation here, watch an old film about this teaching here (a new film is in production), and listen to the last album here.

Limited to 16 places.

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10.30am - 4pm.

Students have said:

“One of the most powerful experiences of my life! I feel changed on a cellular level!” (ok it was a 4 day retreat not a weekend…)

“Briony really made us all feel at home – starting off with exercises that didn’t force me outside of my comfort zone, and a no judgement pact, really allowed me to feel comfortable with the group, which then gave me the confidence to try out some solos.”

“It was seriously fun, crazy, inspiring, opening and meditative, all at the same time.”

“Some singing teachers teach you sing with your voice. Briony teaches you to sing with your heart and sing from your soul.”

“You made it feel like a womb. Protected, loved, nourished, warm and holding.”

Please direct questions to Dee@brionygreenhill.com.

www.brionygreenhill.com

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