Meet and Sing with The Swingles
A history and update on The Swingles, who will speak about the history of the band and you'll get a chance to get to know each member! Q&A sessions followed by singing The Swingles's music with The Swingles!
Singing Without a Safety Net
Edward Randell (The Swingles)
We all have music inside us – some of us just have a hard time getting it out. In this workshop, suitable for any age or level of experience, we banish inhibitions and use the tools we all possess to create music in the moment. Beginning with some fun warm-ups, and progressing through improvisation games and listening exercises, participants will soon find themselves composing musical masterpieces on the fly. This is a truly empowering session that gets to the heart of what musicality means – over and over again, we’re surprised and delighted by the results.
Beating the Blank Page
There's nothing more rewarding for a group than singing your own songs or arrangements. And though the idea of writing or arranging can be terrifying, every singer has the capacity to do it. Using fun games and exercises to kick-start creativity, we’ll write original music and lyrics in a matter of minutes. We'll also look at how to use an arrangement to craft a story, with tips and tricks covering every stage of the arrangement process from choosing a song to formatting your score. Finally, we'll consider what makes the voice so special and how a great arrangement can bring out the best in singers.
Switch Up Your Singing Style with
In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ genre-bending Abbey Road album, the group will lead you through new sing-along arrangements of songs from that album, encompassing pop, jazz and classical styles. Whatever your background, this workshop will give you the tools to step outside your musical comfort zone and explore different vocal techniques and approaches.
Singing with Swagger
Jon Smith (The Swingles)
As a soloist, regardless of what type of song you’re singing, it’s important to be the most confident person in the room. All eyes are on you and it’s your job to control the audience and take us on a journey with whatever message you’re trying to deliver. Even when delivering a sad, emotional solo you must be confident enough to be completely vulnerable and let those emotions come through. This class will mainly be focused on solo singing and it will be 75% participation. Participants will get up and sing for the class and we will discuss what we heard and saw from them. We will discuss posture, facial expressions, the arc of a song, etc. By the end of this class you will learn how to take the stage and command audiences through authentic emotional expression and how to do it with swagger.
(Business and Management Workshop)
We all wish we could just sing, have concerts fall in our laps and money show up in our bank account. This seminar will cover a wide range of topics that will help you streamline your business and focus on your craft, including legal structure of your group, leadership, division of responsibilities, benefits and problems having an agent and/or manager, etc.
From groups with members in several countries (Accent) to albums with songs by groups collaborating across several continents (The House Jacks’ Pollen), our world is rapidly becoming a global village in which music can be made regardless of location. Learn how to create music with members from all over the world using the latest technology, and hear some examples of what’s possible.
A vocal music performance is about much more than just singing. How do you greet the audience? What are you wearing? How do you move during songs? How’s your show paced? This seminar will address the aspects of performing on stage besides singing, and will increase your both your and the audiences enjoyment of a concert.
Jim Daus Hjernøe
The Vocal Painting (VOPA) system offers an advanced set of tools to lend shape and structure to improvisation and the traditional repertoire in any choir. Both conductors and singers are able to implement live arranging, live composing, re-arranging, re-composing, use of contrasting elements such as shifting keys, modules and time signature etc. during a performance. It can also be used within traditional repertoire to convey details during rehearsals and live in concert. Through the development of VOPA, as a pedagogical tool and an artistic methodology, the signals have shown to be surprisingly effective as an easy and fast way to create music with singers of all levels, from audience participation to the highest professional level of vocal arts.
Rhythm & Groove
Jim Daus Hjernøe
This workshop gives an opportunity to work with rhythm & groove and wake up the musical body. We shall explore music rhythmically and put the focus on an energetic united experience of physical ear training and creativity. The participants will explore rhythmical exercises, using hands, feet, and voice – at the same time! Through these experiences, we will work with our rhythmical understanding of keeping a steady pulse, subdivisions, and accents as well as the shared feeling of rhythm & groove in vocal music. This workshop is for everybody and to have fun is an essential part of it.
Jim Daus Hjernøe
Explore the innovative concept "The Intelligent Choir" for rhythmic vocal music invented by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe. The Intelligent Choir refers to his musical philosophy of training choir conductors and singers to share responsibility for the artistic process and bring mind and body together in theory and practice. The workshop includes a presentation of four musical components and experimentation within these: Rhythm, Intonation, Blending, Expression. Also, the workshop will consist of a demonstration of the Vocal Painting system how to lend shape and structure to the traditional pop/jazz repertoire to convey details during rehearsals and live in concert.
Do you have a hard time singing English songs? Is achieving good harmony difficult when many singers are singing the same lyrics? Good diction can solve many harmony and rhythm issues. Basic rules and common mistakes will be addressed using an English song.
Singing Vocal Jazz
Do you think jazz is too difficult? That it’s not for everybody? Come and find out it isn’t so by diving into the world of jazz. We will explore a jazz a cappella arrangement in a stress-free, fun environment!
Vocal Percussion in Ensemble
Questions on how to improve your percussion skills in a real ensemble? This is the workshop for you! Mr. Kaichiro will be talking about how to make your percussion more interesting after you already knew different rhythmic patterns and achieved steady tempo. He will demonstrate some example of phrases, and will ask participants to repeat, and give comments. Eventually, you will be the star on the stage. Let's make music together!!
Islands of Songs
Sangpuy & Kijima Yutaka
When we try our best to sing the music from the western cultures, it is also important to explore inward, looking into what belongs to us as the reference to the music we make. In this session, two musicians from two different islands miles apart are gathered to sharing about how they take the sounds, scents, and stories from their islands as inspirations for their music.
How to make the Lead Vocal strong
In this workshop, Luz will talk about how to phrase your songs by using the color of the voice, as well as how to make a story with phrasing. He will also talk about how to groove in a song, especially singing in an a cappella band.
・analyzing the strong and weak points of each
・giving some suggestions of practice approach
A Cappella in Diverse Genres
A great way to spice up your performance is to incorporate different musical styles into your repertoire. Salsa, swing, rock, jazz, pop, funk - how do you convey these styles when performing a cappella? Join us for a discussion and interactive demonstration of how to use rhythm, movement, and the versatility of the human voice to recreate the characteristic qualities of diverse genres.
Ready, Set: SING!!!
Ever wanted to master a song in the shortest amount of time? Mr. Ray Chu will teach you how to sing a contemporary a cappella song within 30 minutes. You don’t believe me? See for yourself!
Mr. Chu, the founder of the Taiwan Choral Music Center, teacher of a cappella music and author of ‘Chord Singing’ – his unique method of teaching contemporary a cappella without scores, will teach you how to sing an a cappella song without any score, will explain how to easily learn a new song within the shortest amount of time and will show you skills, how to make a song ‘more juicy’.
Mr. Chu will give you a taste of his diverse methods, for example using the numbering solfège system used in Asia.
About Ray Chu
Mr. Ray (Yuan-Lei) Chu is the art director of the pop/jazz development department at the Taiwan Choral Music Center (TCMC), a choral conductor and trainer of contemporary a cappella. His expertise of many years’ standing was gained through studies in Taiwan and the United States and lifelong experiences.