• April 22-23, 2016
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/22/2016 7:00 pm 04/23/2016 10:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Building a Vocal Community: Singing the African American Story 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. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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REGISTRATION $250/$275/$300
Workshop: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 7-9pm; Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, 10am-4pm
Performance & Celebration: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, 7pm-10pm
(when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)

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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.

Master teacher, choral clinician, and Sweet Honey in the Rock singer Ysaye Barnwell guides you through singing chants and traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, while exploring the values and history embedded in the African American musical tradition.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform as part of the Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday evening. Performance and celebration 7pm - 10pm.

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. 
www.ymbarnwell.com

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