"The Voice Is A Traveler" Singing Workshop with Moira Smiley in the Hollywood Hills At the Besant LODGE, 2560 1/2 North Beachwood Drive, CA 90068 Fri-Sat, November 2-3, 2012 Fri-Sat, November 9-10, 2012 Each of the four evenings are 7:30-10:30pm Singing & Body Percussion Workshop The Workshop will be custom-built for 4-evening 'Full' participants, but you can also choose to be a 'Half' participant and choose two evenings to attend. Doors open at 7pm.
WORKSHOP DETAILS: (3 hrs w/tea break): Moira starts by giving you a tool-kit of vocal warmups & performance techniques to expand your singing voice and performance abilities. Then you'll learn three traditional folk-songs from three harmony traditions: Appalachian 3-part harmony, Bulgarian or Croatian 3-part harmony, and incredibly fun (and accessible-to-ALL) art of body percussion (see moira & VOCO's videos on YouTube/moiraVOCO).
There will be downloadable study mp3 and pdf files sent a week ahead of time, to practice with, between sessions. For info leave a message @ (323) 468 1173
Ladies & gents, Moira is world-renowned for her workshops - don't miss this opportunity that singers rave about!
Moira Smiley, singer-composer, travels the world as a soloist and creates new work for dance, theatre and film. Her voice can be heard on a wide variety of media, including feature films, television (BBC, PBS), NPR, and on over 40 recordings. You have recently heard her featured at the national TED Conference, on KPCC's "Off-Ramp", and on ABC Australia's "Books & Art" national radio program. Her recent albums "small worlds", "blink," "rua" and "circle, square, diamond & flag" feature spare, vocally driven collections of warped traditionals and new song. She has sung with leading ensembles and artists around the world, including Paul Hillier's Theater of Voices, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA Vocal Ensemble and New World Symphony. Featured at Lincoln Center, UCLALive, Royal Festival Hall, and music festivals across the U.S. and Canada, Moira has received praise from Billboard to Gramophone. While studying piano performance and Early Music at Indiana University, Moira was represented by IMGArtists Agency and toured extensively with her vocal group, VIDA. Praised for her musical depth and noted as a musical "shape-shifter," Moira premieres new art song, opera, and physical theater. She also explores the depths of early American, Irish and Balkan traditional song. Moira is in high demand as a music director and vocal coachgiving master classes in vocal technique, traditional styles, physicality and improvisation. She composes for vocal ensembles around the worldher song "Stand in that River" and arrangement of Leadbelly's "Bring Me Little Water, Silvy" are performed by thousands of choral ensembles and singers of all stripes.
moira smiley & VOCO is a visionary blend of voices - redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, ukelele, accordion and body percussion. Moira Smiley's award-winning original music and spell-binding American and East European folksong light up the stage with rompin' stompin' body percussion and warm wit. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, moira smiley & VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet. Expect magnificent, hair-raising performances music that mourns and dances at the same time. Called "fascinating and multi-lingual" by the LA Times, "Persuasive, near perfect musicians" by the Herald Times, "gritty and ethereal, banjo to Bartók" by the Village Voice.
The Besant Lodge (View)
2560 North Beachwood Drive
Hollywood, CA 90068