Singer, composer, musical director, and educator.
VERNON BUSH is a singer, composer, musical director, and educator who has taught the joy of singing through the 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. He is the founder of Voice Church.
THE ART OF IMPROVISATION & THE HEALING POWER OF THE VOICE
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.