I’m co-teaching a course on polyphonic song in Hong Kong – the full title is long: 同流演藝課程：複調演唱：聲音訓練與劇場應用 Polyphonic Singing: Voice and Theatre Practice. Details in Chinese here.
Here come the details:
Polyphonic song is a tradition of singing together in different voices, which combine to make the whole sound. The origins vocal polyphony can be traced far back in the cultures of Greece, Albania, Serbia, and Georgia. Georgian polyphonic song is described by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (as is Chinese tea!). Songs are taught through listening rather than by following scores, and are usually sung a cappella.
The workshop will be carried out in two phases. The first phase of the workshops will focus on freeing the voice, practice and techniques of singing together and the importance of listening. We will learn songs mainly from the Georgian tradition, but will also go through several from traditional cultures. Towards the middle of the course, we will develop more complex rhythmic structures, including learning of polyrhythmic techniques (in which two different rhythms are simultaneous).
The second phase will be held in June 2015. It will involve further refinement of techniques learnt, and build towards a final presentation at the end of the workshops. This will be a ‘song theatre’ performance, which will incorporate some theatrical techniques into the performance of choral song.
Course Details for First Phase
Dates: 22/1, 29/1, 5/2, 12/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, 2/4 (Thursdays, total 10 sessions.)
Venue: We Draman Studio (3/F, Cheong Tai Industrial Building, 16 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong)
Quota: 20 participants
Target: This course is suitable for people who are able to sing a tune, and are looking to develop new skills.
Tutors: Ivor Houlker and Michelle Li
Discount: Former students will get a10% discount*
Full-time students will get a $500 discount (Fee: $1,500)*
*These discounts cannot be used together.
This programme is conducted in English and Cantonese.
To ensure your place on the course please
make a payment to the following account and email or fax the bank-in slip and the enrollment form to us.
Bank Name: Hang Seng Bank
Account Name: WE DRAMAN GROUP
Account number: 263-244147-001
If you have any enquiries about the course, please contact Miss Angelie Chan (9472 7838) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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