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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.

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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.

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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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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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