Workshops at SongFest in 2017
Golden Fleece – From Georgia to the Beatles
Our featured group Golden Fleece from Melbourne, with ethnomusicologists Joseph Jordania and Nino Tsitsishvili, will lead this workshop. Participants will have a taste of Georgian traditional songs, famous for their gusty dissonant harmonies. They will also learn a new arrangement of one of the Beatles classic songs with a Georgian twist. This will be entirely suitable for the Saturday night Beatles night!
Bernard Carney – Round Singing for the Soul
Bernard has collected a huge swag of easy tricky serious and silly rounds and has been presenting this workshop at festivals all around Australia for years. Some in other languages, some with actions, some just plain beautiful, all easy to learn and all making glorious instant harmony.
Micheál McCarthy – Warm up and sing with Eneksis
Join the exciting young WAAPA choral ensemble as Director Micheál McCarthy takes them through their warm-ups and pre-performance preparations. A unique opportunity to participate in top level musicianship.
Lindsey Dyer and Jo Oosterhof – Learn to sing A Cappella!
Lindsey Dyer and Jo Oosterhof are the co-directors of A Cappella West. Learn to sing A Cappella and be ready with two songs in 90 minutes. A wonderful opportunity to improve your skills and have fun in the process.
Ruth Boyd – Gospel
Ruth will lead you gently and light-heartedly through the four-part harmonies of some gorgeous gospel songs that will effortlessly come together and be guaranteed to bring joy to your soul. Ruth is a great favourite at Dunsborough. Dont miss her wonderful arrangements with Riversong too.
Kate Rowe – How to feel at home onstage
It’s normal to get nervous before a show. But it is so great to walk onstage and feel at home—at ease, relaxed and comfy, ready to share a wonderful experience with the audience. This workshop gives you practical ideas to add to your performing toolbox, with the aim of feeling welcome and happy onstage whether in your choir or solo. It is with great joy we welcome Kate and Ryan back home to WA and back to SongFest!
Vivienne Robertson – Giza-e-Ruh: Song, Sound and Dhikr in the Sufi tradition
Calling all lovers…Join the Sufi Caravan, exploring the power, healing and ecstasy of sound and chant, followed by an improvised Turkish Dhikr – a chorus of devotion, deep celebration and collective presence to the mystical. The Ocean of the Infinite arrives at our shore, we plunge in, and are drawn to the root of the root of the root of our Selves. Vivienne Robertson is a guide and teacher on the Chishti Sufi path, which she has walked for some 20 years. She is also a teacher in the Dances of Universal Peace and a healing retreat guide. She is passionate about the richness of Sufi practices of sound and movement, and the accompanying Sufi philosophy, to awaken, heal and transform.