This weekend I had the privilege and joy of participating in a Feral Choir led by Phil Minton, a British vocal improviser and leader of community improvisational singing. Max Middle brought him to town and organized three workshops in which we learned how to follow Phil’s hand signs and create wonderful, noisy and expressive vocal music for a performance on Saturday night. It was fun, and those who sat in the audience (mostly our friends and relations, I think) also enjoyed it, for the most part.
As someone who loves vocal improvisation and has attempted several times to get groups going to do it, I was ispired and learned a great deal from the experience. I am also excited to learn that some of the folks who participated in the choir would like to continue in some way to do vocal improvisation. I think we may get something together to play with this form. I don’t know whether it will be performance-oriented or striclty for itself, but I hope we do gather to express ourselves occasionally in Music of the Moment.