• September 19, 2015
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 09/19/2015 10:00 am 09/19/2015 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles The Art of Improvisation with Vernon Bush, Christine Stevens, and Silvia Nakkach This workshop provides a humorous and energetic environment for deepening our relationship with our natural musical self. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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We are all born with the innate ability to sing, to dance, and to live a celebratory creative lifestyle. Music is one of the most natural ways through which we can heal and celebrate our spirit. It's feels like pure magic when the healing energy of the human voice joins the power of community making music without borders. Masterfully led by Vernon Bush and Silvia Nakkach, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, and traditional songs from African American culture including spirituals, jazz, gospels, and spontaneous songs made on the spot. As part of the musical journey, Nakkach will bring together sacred chants from the Afro-Brazilian Orixá tradition, indigenous songs, and the contemplative and ecstatic experience of the Indian ragas. Throughout this experience, the group will explore the cultural values imbedded in the music and the significance of a shared communal experience in ones' personal life, as well as the shamanic and therapeutic dimensions of the singing voice. Through improvisational group techniques and the direct experience of the music of the East, North, South, and the West, students discover how distant worlds of music complement and complete each other. This all-levels workshop is designed to help you develop confidence through creating a positive musical experience, where there are not wrong notes, or the need of 'getting it right' but the readiness to free our voices in community.

Vernon Bush is a singer, composer, musical director, and educator who has taught the joy of singing through the power of gospel for over 20 years in many venues around the world.  In addition, he has worked closely with the late Whitney Houston, as well as the jazz legends as Nancy Wilson and Bobbie McFerrin. He is also a member of the highly imaginative a cappella group SoVoSo and a featured vocalist at celebrated Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. vernonbush.com  voice-church.com

Christine Stevens, MT-BC, MA., is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles.  She has led drum circles internationally with Fortune 500 Companies, healing at Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina, and led the first drum circle training in northern Iraq for conflict resolution and peace building.  She is the author of the Healing Drum Kit and Music Medicine.  www.ubdrumcircles.com  

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, was named by Utne Reader as one of forty cutting-edge artists who will shake the art world. She is an award-winning composer and pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness. She has collaborated with renowned shamans from several traditions, and studied raga singing with Ali Akbar Khan for 30 years. She is the founder and artistic director of the international Vox Mundi Project and School of the Voice, and she is in the faculty of CIIS, where she created the primer Certificate on Sound, Voice, and Music Healing established in an academic institution. She is the author of Free Your Voice (Sounds True, 2012.)


Saturday & Sunday
September 10-20, 2015
CIIS Main Building
$250/$270/$290 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)

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