Workshop Description

 

Meet and sing with the New York Voices

 

This is a broad discussion, covering many aspects of the NYV vocal jazz experience.  Topics include:

1) Discussion of the history, development and evolution of NYV.

2) Musical demonstrations of many vocal jazz styles and techniques.

3) Group “call and response” and brief discussion about basic improvisation ideas.

4) A chance to sing a few bars of an NYV arrangement with members of the group.

 

Solo singing

 

In this class, we will give soloists an opportunity to sing and receive hands on constructive critic and guidance from various members of NYV. Topics will include: vocal technique, phrasing, lyric expression and melodic improvisation. 

 

Vocal Jazz improvisation

 

Roll up those sleeves!! It’s time to take the fear out of scatting and find some trusted tools to help us improvise with intention AND expression. We're going to dive into a variety of improvising techniques....from chord analysis and guide tones to the technique of constructing a solo and more! We will also explore various jazz patterns and etudes, designed to expand jazz vocabulary. The only requirements for this class are a spirit of adventure and some basic working theory knowledge.

 

Vocal Jazz arranging

 

This class will delve into various arranging topics, and how they relate to vocal jazz arranging. Topics include: four-way close voicings, reharmonization, a cappella writing, rhythm section writing, and melodic reinterpretation. More general discussions will include: how much arranging is enough, how to approach different age groups, and how to write a “successful” arrangement. Source material will be mostly Darmon’s arrangements, with a few other examples presented. Requires at least solid intermediate level theory knowledge.

 

Vocal Jazz rehearsal technique

 

This class will delve into rehearsal goals and techniques that include: rhythmic exercises, how to help groups with harmonic clarity, using lyrics to create swing articulation, and group sound development.

 

Body percussion

 

BodyMusicStomping, clapping, moving, tapping! The human body is a real treasury of sounds and musical expressions that want to be discovered and combined in a new and creative way.In this workshop we'll be learning the basic techniques of body percussion and rhythm coordination. Furthermore, we'll be creating patterns and nice grooves that you can use in all kinds of musical contexts.

 

When concert meets theater

 

To host an A Cappella concert, all you need is a song list. But if you wanna get creative, there's much more than that. Four years ago, new inspirations lead Jojo to produce two programs with theatrical and educational elements, together with a group of young singers who are new to A Cappella. How did she came into such decision? How did A Cappella education play its role through such a creative process? Come and experience the new era of A Cappella with rich artistic level.

 

Harmonic ears

 

What is BEAT? Where does harmony came from? Learn the theory behind a perfect harmony, what to listen for when singing harmonies in a chord progression with solfege and harmony exercises.

 

A journey through A Cappella

 

Believe it or not, a cappella singing existed way before Pentatonix. Singing a cappella has been a tradition around the world for centuries. This workshop focuses on the events that took place in the past 150 years to help develop the modern a cappella style known today. From Barbershop to Jazz, and from Doo Wop to Contemporary A cappella, learn more about these styles to become a more complete a cappella singer.

 

Single singers

 

For those of you are coming alone, you are not alone, and you’ll get a chance to perform! Join Single Singers, meet new friends through singing and performing together! *please note, if you join the Single Singers, it is preferred that you join all the sessions so that you can be well-prepared for the performance!

 

Barbershop stories

 

Over 100 years ago, groups of four guys singing a cappella were considered to be the rock stars of their time. This style of singing became to be known as the barbershop style of a cappella singing. Learn from an international barbershop champion about how this style formed, the groups and people that influenced the style, and learn and sing some tags (the endings of a barbershop song)!

 

Vocal ensemble singers tool

 

Participants will do exercises that put the focus on specific musical parameters essential for vocal ensemble singers to blend their sounds together. These tools are made for development of your musicianship as a vocal ensemble singer, as well as for creating musical connections with the other singers in your group or choir, connections essential to developing a unique musical identity for your group. How to develop an inner sense of rhythm and pitch: The workshop includes a presentation of individual exercises, “Body Instrument Practise”, that may be done by yourself in order to improve your skills as an ensemble singer.

 

Vocal ensemble dynamics

 

• How to give feedback in order to have constructive rehearsals and a positive social environment. Presentation and discussion

• How to improve singers’ individual awareness of pitch and rhythm? Exercises and score examples Discussion - topic examples

• How to deal with situations when a singer, or a couple of singers, seem to be unaware of the need for individual improvement? Who shall be allowed to sing in the concert and who shall not?

• How to practise old repertoire with new singers, without the singers who have been in the choir for many years may get bored.

• What can I do, as a leader, when the singers expect me to take initiative for all the things that need to be done?

• Expectations of group goals and group tasks. What are the individual tasks that follow naturally from being in a group?

 

Creative process as a group

 

In the workshop, participants will learn a brainstorming session format that was made for choirs and vocal groups, with the goal to collect as many ideas as possible, from as many group members as possible, about new and creative ideas that may relate to any core activity of the group or choir. Typical core activities: rehearsals, concerts, recordings, selection of new repertoire, stage production, marketing, social activities.

 

Rehearsal, concerts, recordings tips

 

Presentation, discussion and questions&answers about tips and tricks for how to plan and prepare for rehearsals, concerts and recordings. Peder will share his professional experiences of these topics, for example how specific songs were recorded. How to record demos. How to prepare guide tracks. Feel free to listen to Real Group recordings between the years 1987-2009 to prepare in advance your questions about specific recordings or arrangements.

 

Vocal percussion

 

If you learned how to make the sounds and rhythms, you may be interested in how to play it in a real music context. I think lots of intermediate vocal percussionist are facing this kind of questions, so I would like to give you some tips. This workshop is designed for the players who are facing any difficulties to improve your skills. We are going to start with checking the rhythm definitions and groove playing along with some exercises. I will focus on how to play it with less power and relax, that will give you feel more smooth and more easy that will be able to make you concentrate on the music much more than the skills of breathing. And if time allows, I will talk about some basic skills of improvisations. If you have any interests, or any difficulties, or any concerns about Vocal Percussion, please feel free to visit us. Your questions is valuable also for the other students, so I will share it and try to find out the solutions together. That differently help students to understand and make an achievement.

 

A Cappella teaching tips

 

- Choose a song

- Feel and enjoy the associated sounds

- Feel the touching Harmony

- Don't use score

- Memorize the song in an intuitive and simple way by making a new line freely

 

The development of A Cappella education

 

- Current situation for a cappella music in Korea

- Introduction of Korea A Cappella Education Society

- A Cappella albums sung by the teachers and the students

- The value of humanism in A Cappella education

- Perseverance and Concentration - Discovering your inner voice

- The ability to care for the sound coming from others

- Developing the skill for communication

- Self-respect and satisfaction

 

The birth of "A Cappella Theater", a cross-over art

 

A cappella music crosses over to theater. Having human voices as the basic material, adding other forms of art to create an dialogue between them, which lead to the development and rebirth of this new kind of art. Come and join one of Hong Kong's most important a cappella groups - Yat Po Singers, together with the Artistic Director, Patrick Chiu, you'll get to experience their previous productions, and get to know the key elements of their composition process.

 

Sound and body

 

Yuri Ng, Hong Kong's most well known choreographer and co-Artistic Director of Yat Po Singers, shares his observation on combining human voice, body, and a cappella's essential equipment - microphone, through exercises, to help participants develope the relationship between the sound and body, which could turn into a new idea for your next projects

 

Vocal bass

 

Bass Lines: We all know that basses are the coolest, most-relaxed and sexiest of all singers.. But just HOW do they do it ? How to become a groovy, funky and smooth vocal bass ? In this session you will learn everything you need to know about contemporary bass singing and will have fun practicing it - even if you are not a bass ! We’ll learn how to sing bass in an instrumental way, how to lock into rhythms and ground our grooves - and of course how to imitate the sounds of different bass instruments & techniques (e.g slapping). Most importantly we’ll learn about feel & phrasing within different styles of music. We’ll demonstrate the bass function within arrangements and how to best work with - and lock both the upper voices .. as well as your partner in crime in the rhythm section - the beatboxer. Even as a non-bass, having awareness of its function is vital in any vocal group.. And : it’s simply cool to be able to sing some funky bass lines!

 

Looplooplooploop

 

Vocaloops-Founder Tobias Hug will introduce you to the basics of looping. If you have never seen a loop station in your life – don’t worry, there is no need for any previous technical knowledge. We’ll take a look at different looping technologies and how to choose the right one for you. Looping stations are powerful and versatile – we’ll learn about using it as a tool for improvisation, for songwriting, for covering songs, writing arrangements – as well as for ear training and music education. We’ll learn a bit about the history of looping – and finally: as a ‘human loop station’ we will create music collaboratively!

 

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