Singing for Well Being
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Notes: Songs can be career counselors, harmonizing means you don't have to memorize words, if you don't like to sing alone, then singing with others can unlock your voice, how to leave space for people, how to become a found family (food is involved) -- what other ideas might VoiceExchange have to share with you? This quintet of singers improvised their way through the pandemic -- learn how they honed their ability to play even when geographically distant (and hear an example at the very end, created on the fly with Zoom faces and Jacktrip sound). Improvisation can be a weird and wonderful world -- a chance to hear the unexpected. The song they shared is a tree speaking... and what a beautiful sense of embrace it creates.
Songwriter Info: VoiceExchange initially formed as a practice group following a 2012 Bobby McFerrin Circlesongs workshop. As singers from disparate musical influences, they came together, connecting through a shared passion for vocal improvisation, and formed a unique a cappella group that blends diverse vocal styles into spontaneous harmonious arrangements. During the challenges of the pandemic VoiceExchange began a series of sequentially recorded collaborations for leading online circles. This resulted in a library of recordings, among them, Touch the Sky and Take My Hand. VoiceExchange members are Amado Ohland, Beth Lyons, Dina Torok, Joy Truskowski and Paris Kern. They can be found leading Circlesinging events in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts & Vermont as well as offering online and in-person workshops and providing spontaneous music to churches, temples and other community gatherings.
Amado Ohland began his semi-professional career as a jazz and blues vocalist shortly after graduating University of Maryland at College Park with a bachelor's in music composition and theory. He attended his first Circlesongs workshop in 2011, and has been leading circlesinging events since 2013 in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and western Virginia. He has recently received a master's degree in music from Radford University. For his doctoral dissertation he is working on a participatory ethnography of circlesinging worldwide and a song cycle of pieces based on circlesinging techniques.
Born into a musical family, Beth Lyons actually can’t remember a ‘before’ time when singing-in-community wasn’t a part of her life. She currently performs improvised musicals with iMusical, the house musical improv team for Washington Improv Theater, performs and leads Circles with VoiceExchange, and leads online immersive Song Dive workshops and a Monday morning online choir named Coffee Choir. You can learn more about her offerings and sign up for her “Heads Up” notification/invite list at www.RiverChoir.org.
Dina Torok has sung in and been musical director for various a cappella groups from college through adulthood. She was a professional film and television session singer, performed in various pop/rock bands in Los Angeles, and recorded an original solo album and a piano/vocal album of show tunes. Dina found VoiceExchange and circle singing in 2015 and has been a grateful member ever since.
Joy Truskowski is a singer-songwriter and community songleader. She has performed as a solo artist in the Roanoke, VA area for 13 years. You can find her original songs on Bandcamp under the name “Joy Tru”. She started Star City Circlesinging in 2019 and has been leading circles with other co-leaders in Roanoke ever since. During the beginning of the pandemic she started contributing to VoiceExchange’s online circles. She fell in love with all of them, and they all asked her to marry them. She said, “I can’t marry you, but I’ll join your group!” And that was a fair compromise. So she officially joined in the summer of 2021.
Paris Kern started performing traditional folk music at coffeehouses and concerts when she was 16 years old. She studied classical vocal performance in college, but her heart was always in the world of pure traditional folk traditions. In 2011, for reasons unknown to her, she was internally compelled to attend Bobby McFerrin’s CIrclesongs workshop. Feeling like a fish out of water, surrounded by mostly Jazz musicians, she nonetheless was hooked by the magic of Circlesongs and the sensation that her heart was being sung back to her. She has been leading circles in Washington DC, and Baltimore and is now starting circles in Southern Vermont.
Sharing Info: VoiceExchange would love to know if you plan to teach or perform Touch the Sky or another of their songs; drop them a line at info@VoiceExchange.org. And if teaching/performing their song is a profitable business for you, please share a bit of the profit with them via their donation link at https://voiceexchange.org.
Paris mentions a Burl Ives recording, but we could only find a link for Patti Page’s version of "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rJo9yJxd5M
Julie Andrews: https://www.biography.com/actors/julie-andrews
Joan Baez: https://www.biography.com/musicians/joan-baez
David Crosby: https://davidcrosby.com/
Martin Carthy: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/martin-carthy-mn0000367979
"It’s a Small World After All" by Richard and Robert Sherman
"Diddle, Diddle Dumpling, My Son John" : https://allnurseryrhymes.com/diddle-dumpling/
Freddie Mercury: https://www.biography.com/musicians/freddie-mercury
Somatic Voicework: http://thevoiceworkshop.com/somatic-voicework/
Bobby McFerrin Circlesinging: https://circlesongs.com/circlesong-school-2023/
Tuvan throat singing: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210414-a-revival-of-indigenous-throat-singing
All the Way In- Rhiannon: https://www.rhiannonmusic.com/all-the-way-in-home
Motor, interlock definitions: http://songsofthemoment.com/category-rhiannon/
Take My Hand: Episode 104 on A Breath of Song: https://www.abreathofsong.com/episodes--show-notes/104-take-my-hand
Vocal River by Rhiannon: https://www.rhiannonmusic.com/vocal-river
“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Tuck & Patti album 1988 Time After Time: https://www.discogs.com/release/10168223-Tuck-Patti-Time-After-Time
Star City Circlesinging: https://www.meetup.com/Star-City-Circlesinging/
Musica do Circulo Brazil: https://www.playgroundforthearts.com/musica-do-circulo
Amado on Bandcamp: https://amadomusic.bandcamp.com/album/circlesinging-on-zoom
"She’s So Unusual" by Cindy Lauper: https://www.allmusic.com/album/shes-so-unusual-mw0000194590
"The Game" by Queen: https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-game-mw0000650663
"Medicine Music" by Bobby McFerrin: https://www.allmusic.com/album/medicine-music-mw0000309576
Billy Joel: https://www.billyjoel.com
Alanis Morisette: https://alanis.com
"Blue" by Joni Mitchell: https://jonimitchell.com/music/album.cfm?id=5
"Abbey Road" by The Beatles: https://www.thebeatles.com/abbey-road
Patrick Watson: https://patrickwatson.net
Great interview with Martin Carthy: https://www.innerviews.org/inner/martin-carthy.html
And here’s a link to Martin singing “The Trees they Do Grow High”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaKGeTmFqbE
"Vocabularies" by Bobby McFerrin: https://bobbymcferrin.com/albums/vocabularies/
VoiceExchange on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/circlesinging-dc/
Jacktrip Software: https://www.jacktrip.com
VoiceExchange's quiet Website: https://voiceexchange.org
VoiceExchange on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoiceExchangeMusic?mibextid=LQQJ4d
VoiceExchange on Instagram: https://instagram.com/voiceexchange?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ==
VoiceExchange's Email: email@example.com
Amado's Website: https://amadomusic.com/
Paris's Website: https://www.pariskern.com
Joy's Website: http://www.joytru.com
Beth's choir Website: https://www.riverchoir.org
Song Learning Time Stamps:
Start time of teaching: 00:05:10
Start time of reprise: 01:14:25
Improvisation at 1:18:55
Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, Major, 3-part harmony, 3-layer
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