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    Immediate Opening for a 1st Tenor in THE MIRABAI ENSEMBLE, one of the more out-of-the-box vocal groups. The music is mostly original (or significantly
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      Immediate Opening for a 1st Tenor in
      THE MIRABAI ENSEMBLE, one of the more
      out-of-the-box vocal groups. The music is mostly original
      (or significantly re-arranged).

      MEMBERS include:
      * David Worm (Bobby McFerrin/"SoVoSo")
      * Bryan Dyer ("Slammin'"/"SoVoSo")
      * Michael Smolens (Rhiannon/Claudia Schmidt)
      * Pollyanna Bush (Meredith Monk/Martha Graham)
      * Becca Burrington ("Solstice"/Meredith Monk)
      * Valentina Osinski (NYC Opera Co./"Screaming Divas")
      * Rocio Guitard (Terry Haggerty/Titus Waldenfels)
      * Jessica Rice ("Sacred Uproar")
      * Alexis Lane Jensen (Pacific Mozart Ensemble/Meredith Monk)

      WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
      ~ Solid technique (min. 3 years private study)
      ~ Strong reading (ability to switch parts, some odd-time meters &
      non-Western modes)
      ~ Able to sing chorally without vibrato (solos are open)
      ~ Previous small choral experience (one on a mic)
      ~ Comfortable with improvising in a variety of formats (scatting over
      changes, parameter based, vocal/body percussion, group generated,
      spoken word)

      STYLE INFLUENCES include:
      * Jazz (post-standards)
      * Non-Denominational Gospel
      * Pattern
      * Medieval/Contemporary Classical
      * Middle-Eastern/North Indian
      * Spoken Word
      * Extended Vocal Techniques (vocal bass/percussion, overtonal singing,
      birdcalls)

      ENSEMBLE SETTINGS (depending on venue):
      1) ten voices a cappella
      2) ten voices plus cello, drum-set/percussion, steel pan, keyboard
      sampler, alto flute
      3) ten voices plus a ten-piece jazz ensemble

      REHEARSALS--about once every 3 weeks in Berkeley (usually Sunday night)
      PAY--gas/toll ($10) per rehearsal, $100 per concert
      MUSIC--mailed out and members learn their part and an adjoining part
      CONDUCTING--shared among ensemble members
      CONCERTS--3 to 5 per year at present

      All of the singers take time out of their busy schedules & touring
      to play with the other singers who inspire them, work with the
      best instrumentalists, and artistically stretch...

      CONTACT:
      Michael Smolens (artistic director)
      www.SecondSightMusic.com/mirabai.html
      (510)649-7993/(510)684-4852


















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