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Re-Wilding the Voice: an Introduction to Vocal Improvisation

  • Hill Cottage Retreats Rhos-y-meirch LD7 1PD Knighton (map)

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."