London (BST) 18:00 -19:00
San Francisco (PDT) 10am-11am
New York (EDT) 1pm-2pm
Berlin (CEST) 19:00-20:00
This course offers guided sonic meditations for harmonizing self and other in collaboration with the more-than-human world. It is designed to get us outside and making social relationships with the natural environment using sound as the first contact. I have developed these strategies over 20 years of collaboration with a variety of people of all ages and walks of life. The work I will share in this course, "duets with non-humans," plays with entities and locations which generally fall outside of the boundaries of what is called human or sentient. I think it is vitally important that we reestablish a social relationship to the more-than-human world, one that respects other beings as valuable in and of themselves, and see these duets as the natural outgrowth of a collaborative process: that of engaging the energies of artists working in a variety of mediums and of pushing myself to work in diverse ways as well. The meditations are intended to strengthen your cultivation of breath energy, encourage attentive listening, help to foster healthy relationships with others, and widen your range of physical techniques in sound. The course consists of 6 weekly one-hour group sessions, prerecorded audio sessions to inspire your practice, and email support provided by the instructor. Each session will investigate a specific property of the natural world (such as flowing, resonance or rhythm) and provide strategies for engagement. Participants will find one or more non-human practice partners in their local environment with which to test these strategies for themselves and on their own schedule. We will use our online time to demonstrate techniques, share documentation, answer questions that arise, and offer insights into deepening our practices together. This course is open to any interested person. Disciplines this work touches include: music composition and performance, Taoist energy cultivation, inter-disciplinary improvisation studies, world theater and dance traditions, meditation, songwriting, extended vocal technique, and folk music traditions.
My intention in developing this course is to provide a "finger pointing at the moon," gleaned from my own experiences and those of my many teachers, towards the cultivation of deeper human relationships with the natural (more-than-human) world. In addition, this course is an opportunity to assemble a committed group of humans to share experiences, challenges, revelations and hopes as they arise in this process, and to provide important feedback on how to best communicate these new/old ideas. Lastly, this course is designed to open out the many aspects of sound energy at work in our daily interactions and to strengthen our uses of this energy in our music, speech, listening and other day to day activities.
Type of Format: Course
Duration of Each Session: 60 minutes
Technical Platform: Zoom Pro
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Video by John Carnahan, Performed by Stephen Ratcliffe and members of Thingamajigs Performance Group, InkBoat and Long Tone Choir with special guest Jubilith Moore