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The Spontaneous Voice - Vancouver

Apr 12 - 13, 2014

Presented by: Laurel Murphy


When you put down the sheet music or disregard the rehearsed song, what is left? Singers take a leap of faith. Open your ears, heart, mouth, and soul in order to fly free, trusting your powers of intention, invention, and improvisation. Is this something any one can do? Vocalist and teacher Laurel Murphy says, “YES!” 
As you learn to trust and follow your impulses you will discover the path to your own musical heart. Working with a variety of playful exercises you will build skills and find new ways to express your own unique sound. For anyone wanting to let go of the inner critic, demystify music-making and enter a world of joyful self-expression with others.
Together, we: 
  • Connect with the body and breath, and listen for our own authentic sound and intuition.
  • Experiment with the building blocks of improvisation
  • Balance technical aspects of music and vocal technique with free-wheeling inspiration.
  • Discover where and why you get stuck
  • Play with wordless vocal patterns, harmonies and solos
  • Discover how exhillarating it is to sing without a plan, letting our heart and intuition be the guide.
  • Demystify music-making, find rhythms in our bodies, learn how to blend with others and also how to step out and take risks.
  • Practice listening and being present in music.
  • Laugh a lot!
The Spontaneous Voice is for anyone wanting to sharpen their ears, stretch their edges or just experience more aliveness and fun in their singing!
Laurel Murphy is a Vancouver-born singer, improviser and teacher. She has devoted over 20 years to the study of voice, improvisation and many complimentary disciplines. She has worked as a vocalist in a variety of settings, from small clubs to festivals, as well as in the studio on numerous recording projects. A student and collaborator of Rhiannon's since 1992, she has performed and recorded with Rhiannon and for 8 years assisted her at Hollyhock as well as other venues. Laurel was the producer of SongRise New Year's events in 1995 and 1999 and is featured in the documentary “SING!” (Bravo/VisionTV.) She continues to teach in Vancouver as well perform as a jazz vocalist and inter-disciplinary collaborator. Over the past 10 years she has developed her own blend of improvised vocals and state-of-the-art electronics and looping and has several recording projects in the works. She has also been exploring the field of sound and healing, providing improvised surround-soundscapes for the Callanish Society since 2003 and more recently created the Sound Journeys series for the general public.
See Laurel improvising with Rhiannon and Ysaye Barnwell on our blog.

Tuition: $225**
Date & Time: April 12 & 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Hollyhock Room - 163 West Hastings, Vancouver BC, V6B 1H5

*Note: Pre-Registration is required for this event.

**Cancellations: If you cancel this reservation:
---within 180 days after ticket purchase, and at least 1 week before the start of the program: forfeit of $50 or 50% of ticket price (whichever is less), with the remaining balance refunded.
---more than 180 days after ticket purchase, or less than 1 week before the start of the program: 100% forfeit of ticket price.