The Power Of Vocal Improvisation
I returned last week from a vocal improvisation workshop on Kona with one of my favorite vocal improvisers, Rhiannon. We were 14 singers from all over the world and the constant crashing, singing waves. The music we made was made in the moment and what an amazing experience to blend our many voices. It was a collage of rich sounds and they continue to echo through the corridors of my body!
Improvisation is edgy and essential. Life is an improvisation whether we want to see it that way or not. We all do it every day of our lives, in every moment, but we forget. Vocal improvisation is an opportunity to remember just how alive we really are. When we step, jump, leap, lean out of our comfort zone and into unknown territory an abundance of new energy rushes in.
Behold the bravery in being a beginner! I do a lot of vocal improvisation in the singing circles and workshops I offer because I find that it really allows us to rewrite the stories we've told ourselves about our voice, how well we sing, how we sing etc. and move into a more fully engaged relationship with OUR voice.
I've been improvising with a group of singers in L.A. and we are calling ourselves Kiadisa, which means, "Who Said That" in French. When we perform, everything we sing is made up in the moment. We'll be singing next at Genghis Cohen on Feb. 25th at 8pm if you are curious. Check it out in the calendar section of this site for more info.