- April 18, 2015
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
There is an awesome power in the human voice, and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a vocal community at its best. Masterfully led by Ysaye M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition. We sing rhythms; chants; traditional songs from Africa and the diaspora; and a variety of songs from African American culture, including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the civil rights movement. The historical, social, and political context will be provided as an introduction to the songs. Throughout this experience, the group will explore the values imbedded in the music, the nature of cultural responses to, and influences on, political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared communal experience in our personal lives. This all-levels workshop is designed to help develop confidence through creating a positive musical experience. All that is required is a willingness to sing.
Ysaye M. Barnwell, PhD, has performed with the internationally renowned African American female quintet Sweet Honey In The Rock® for more than 20 years. She has spent much of her time offstage working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. Barnwell has conducted her workshop Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition for the past 25 years, and on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers; and a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists, and historians.
Saturday & Sunday
April 18-19, 2015
CIIS Main Building
$250/$270/$290 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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