Sing Here Now
A vocal improvisation session
1st Sunday of the month,
(usually, but there is no session in November)
2 – 4 pm
Royal Oak Pub at the Pretoria Bridge, upstairs
Sing Here Now is a new session hosted by Maura Volante, providing an opportunity for recreational singing. Like any session in the folk community, people listen to each other’s offerings and participate if they wish. However, instead of fiddle tunes or folk songs, the focus of this session is improvised singing. Although many people associate improvisation with jazz, there is no style requirement for Sing Here Now. One piece might sound like folk music, another could sound like noise, while another may slide into a funky groove. Maura is prepared to provide such guidance as may be necessary to help create a wonderful musical experience together, while encouraging others to lead as well.
Maura Volante is best known as a folk singer, specializing in traditional Canadian folk songs. But she also has a lot of experience with improvisational singing, both as participant and as leader. Her first improv experiences were in Vancouver in the 1990s, working with Rhiannon, Laurel Murphy and other fine improvisers. Here in Ottawa, Maura organized Oya, a vocal improvisation group that met weekly for several years. In recent years, Maura joined ad hoc groups led by Phil Minton from England and Christine Duncan from Toronto.
Sing Here Now meets every month on the 1st Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm. Attendance is free and open to all. Everyone’s voice is welcome but no one is required to participate. No expertise required. Just show up. The rest will flow.
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