In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God. (John 1:1)
What is a word? Vibration. Music. Sound. Creation. In getting in touch with our own voice and the voices of others, we connect to the Divine. What would happen if we let ourselves fully experience the resonance in our bodies when we sing? How does collective, creative sounding affect our connection to our intuition? How does improvisation relate to our capacity for deep listening? What does it mean to be truly open to the moment?
These are some of the questions we will explore together over a period of an hour and a half. You will be led through grounding meditations using your own voice to center and connect you to what is rather than what you think should be. We will then begin to explore our connection to one another as inherently creative beings, using guided vocal improvisation and sounding exercises in a group.
This workshop is NOT only for trained singers! Everyone who can make sound with their throat is invited. Singing is everyone’s birthright, so don’t be shy! This is more about connecting to your own voice and exploring creativity and community than it is to create some kind of “polished sound” or “performance.” Try to wear clothes you feel comfortable lying down in and moving around in. The more at ease we can feel, the better it will be for really letting go into the exercises. And bring with you an open and curious mind
This class is free and open to everyone! It meets on Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in Nambu Chapel.
The class will be led by Julia Rahm, who has been the Alto Section Leader with NSBC since spring of 2018. Julia is an initiate of the Inayati Sufi Order, an interfaith spiritual community of seekers with a rich tradition of using music to tune the heart and help people discover peace and harmony with themselves and others. She has a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Theater, Music and French. She combines all her interests—music, the voice, meditation and mindfulness, improvisation and creativity— into developing this holistic, exploratory voice practice.