ImproVox is on break until further notice. ANY of us are happy to speak with you about leading workshops, VORTEX or otherwise. Contact each of us through the contact page on this site.
Thanks and KEEP SINGING!
ImproVox has been on a bit of a hiatus after the Moira Smiley show at Frontier Cafe but tomorrow (Sunday) we enjoy a reunion (after a month!) and will head out to Readfield to the studio of Ed Desjardins to record harmony vocals to Music in the Rafters for Martin's upcoming MOON album. We are looking forward to each other's company and to catching a quick sound photo of who and where we are...
We all love singing so much, we can all think of something to add to any improvisation. Someone starts a riff and we all jump on like kids on a trampoline! Harmonious cacophony can be a thrilling effect, but cacophony is cacophony, and not always the desired effect, and certainly not for any extended length of time. We've recently been exploring what happens when we strip away voices during an improv, making room for a soloist or duo to explore a theme on their own. We've discovered that this has many positive effects. Often the soloist takes the improv to a very different and exciting place, moving the piece forward, or the duo launches into an exciting give and take (a form we call "See-Saw") creating a previously unheard combination of voices and vocal tones. By changing the combination of singers mid-improv, suddenly the piece has new "geography." Quiet personal passages emerge. New themes [...]
ImproVox LOVES to invite the audience to fill out writing prompts so we can sing their words back to them. Recently we invited an audience to finish the statement "Forgive me..." Here's what they wrote:
… for laughing
… for loving you
… Mea Culpa
… I didn’t know you were married
… for being unkind…
… for hoping too hard & too long
… for not hoping long enough
… I didn’t mean it, I was in a crabby mood.
… for laughing too loud in the back row
… for picking you up 3 hours late from your lesson
… for failing to pay attention
… for failing biology
… after all this time
… for saying this
… if I step on your toes
… when I say “Shut Up”
… for calling you names on the playground
… for shutting your tail in the window
… for calling you names in my mind
… for spilling the gravy