VOCAL FLIGHT >>> vocal improvisation workshops (8 Thursdays series, or drop-in)
- **VOCAL FLIGHT: vocal improvisation for those whose who like to fly!
(and non-style specific, too)
Beginning February 21st 6:15 to 7:45 pm for 8 Thursdays.
$195 for series or $35 drop-in.
(Based on the approaches and techniques developed for the
groundbreaking 19-person "Mirabai Ensemble").
* VOCAL FLIGHT *
As an improviser, isn't it time for you to build a huge vocabulary
of colors and techniques? You've seen other vocalists turn melodies
'inside-out', improvise new lyrics, impersonate different
instruments, and create magic with the top and bottom of their
* Deep Groove / Syncopation / Polyrhythms / Vocal Percussion
(via West Africa)
* How To Solo / How To Accompany (via jazz & pop)
* Group Counterpoint (via "Circle Singing" & classical)
* Scales & Modes (via North Indian Raga)
* Stories Into Songs / Improvised Lyrics (via theatre improvisation)
VOCAL FLIGHT will build your skills from the 'ground up' and show
you how to practice more creatively and effectively... It will also
take the fear out of improvising in front of others and inspire
anyone who you make music with!
STUDIO : in Berkeley fully-equipped w/ generous PA/ mics, percussion,
& grand piano
CONTACT : Michael Smolens
Ronald Aveling (vocalist/composer/recording artist)
"VOCAL FLIGHT" provided me with a hands-on immersion
into the world of improvisation and group vocalisation.
The wide range of areas we covered, such as
vocal percussion, polyrhythms, pitch training and scales,
made for an organic and eclectically enjoyable
learning experience... Michael couples years of
musical experience and technical know-how
with a fun, light-hearted approach to vocal improvisation."