Polyphonic Singing Hong Kong Workshop

Polyphonic Song: Voice and Theatre Practice Workshops

I’m co-teaching a series of workshops with Michelle Li, working with traditional polyphonic songs in a vocal and theatrical context. More information below:

Chinese version / 中文版
Printable English version

Polyphonic song is a tradition of singing in together in different voices, which combine to make the whole sound. The origins of this type of 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 (alongside Chinese tea). Songs are taught through listening rather than by following scores, and are usually sung a cappella.

Course Content

The workshop will be carried out in 3 phases. The first phase of the workshops will focus on freeing the voice, and the practice of singing together and the importance of listening. We will learn several songs in the Georgian tradition.
The second phase of the workshops will be held in October and November, 2014. It will go into more complex structures and songs from other traditional cultures, developing more intricate rhythmic structures, including learning of polyrhythmic techniques (in which two different rhythms are simultaneous).
The third phase will be held at the beginning of 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 the First Phase

Dates: 4/8, 7/8, 11/8, 14/8 (Mondays and Thursdays, total 4 sessions)
Time: 8:00-10:30pm
Venue: We Draman Studio (3/F, Cheong Tai Industrial Building, 16 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong)
Fee: $1,000
Quota: 20-25 participants
Target: This course is suitable for people who like singing, and are looking to develop new skills.
Tutors: Ivor Houlker and Michelle Li
Discount: Former students will get a 10% discount*, Full-time students will get a 10% discount*
*These discounts cannot be used together.
This programme is conducted in Cantonese and English.

To register for the workshops, or to get more information, please e-mail Miss Angelie Chan via workshops@wedraman.com

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