Learn vocal improv at song circle

Joanna Finch taught in Antigua and in Ecuador last winter and is very happy to offer her new sounds and techniques to the Comox Valley

VOICE TEACHER AND singer Joanna Finch offers a workshop this Saturday called Song Circle.

The art of improvisational music is a wonder to many. When jazz musicians improvise, an untrained ear can get lost and wonder: how do the musicians know where they are?

How can they know how to harmonize and how do those rhythms interlock so seamlessly?

In a capella vocal music, improvisation is incredibly freeing and once you relax and get out of your head, it’s like breathing — an involuntary response — yet focused, like skipping Double Dutch- your instincts take over and you get into the ‘groove.’ If you like to sing, come to this workshop.

Soul Circle happens this Saturday from 1 to 5 when international voice teacher and songwriter Joanna Finch welcomes you to join her in a four hour workshop in Vocal Improv. Anyone can participate — experienced or not, all people find improvisation exciting and challenging.

Joanna taught in Antigua and in Ecuador last winter and is very happy to offer her new sounds and techniques to the Comox Valley. A jazz and classical trained folk/cabaret singer, Joanna’s vocal sounds have astonished her audiences for years.

Her ‘vocal cornet’ is often mistaken for a real trumpet; she evokes the spirit of birds, flutes, electronic gadgets, Billy Holiday, Elvis, Satchmo, Tuuvan throat singers, and sacred choristers when she channels her soul song. Her workshops are popular and full of fun.

In a safe and friendly circle, participants will learn how to support and be supported through vocal improv/pattern singing. The workshop will focus on encouraging you to expand your vocal range and move into a deeply satisfying relationship with your voice.

We begin gently with the breath, move into the body, allowing authentic sounds and laughter to release inhibitions, then spend the rest of the time creating unique “sound mandalas.”

Mouth percussion, body music, call and response, harmony and counterpoint, physical comedy, world music and jazz all will be smoothly woven into the workshop, so you will come away with a new set of vocal skills and memories that will bring lasting confidence.

This workshop is fun, exciting and transformative. Men and women, youth and elders, voices blending in harmony and rhythm- this is what community sounds like.

The workshop takes place at Innisfree Farm at 3636 Trent Road in Royston. Registration must be paid in full by Nov. 8 via Paypal at www.joannafinch.ca.

For more information. phone 250-792-3717 or e-mail joyjobird@gmail.com. Only pre-paid registrants, please.

— Joanna Finch

Just Posted

Land & Sea Brewing Company opens its doors in Comox

Managing director says the brewery will be a compliment to the Valley’s craft beer scene

Two Courtenay Habitat for Humanity families receive keys to new homes

Lake Trail Road project officially has residents

Preparations ongoing for Courtenay’s annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner

The doors of the Florence Filberg Centre, downtown Courtenay, will open again… Continue reading

Valley woman found guilty on three charges following 2016 collision in Courtenay

The woman involved in a trial for a multi-vehicle collision in which… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Three Days Grace roars into Penticton

Video caught in audience at SOEC concert going viral

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

GoFundMe helps Vancouver Island teen battle a rare cancer

Nanaimo’s Michelle Reilly, 16, battling spinal cord cancer, seeking possible treatment in U.S.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

Most Read