CC #21 – Reworking Polyphony

This one off session will be a chance to work again on the processes which we developed in the series of Polyphony in Autumn 2011.

In this method we work from a directed approach to group voices…..working for understanding how we give our voice to a group sound.  The work was building on the existence of the drone as a basis for the movement of sound and voices. The Drone mimics the collective carpet which we hold common.

Once we have worked within the sounding circle we take this listening with us as we move into a wider physical sphere i.e opening the space for all disciplines.  We work to maintain the deep level of listening which we developed in the sound circle based on the subtles of giving sound or silence, of supporting or proposing, and of understanding where the focus of the group lies, as well as maintaining common responsibility from beginning to end.

In this session I aim to rework some of these principles giving the collective chance to see how the time between has given opportunity to develop deeper understanding which can apply across the sessions.

And also I will take the opportunity to show the results of an intensive period of working in a new project called the 6 Songs – which developed from this concept of group voices as access to instant composition – with a small group of the members of the collective.

This project – The 6 Songs – will be taking residency at the Maartin Luther Kerk Amsterdam Zuid from January 2012, and we also seek some new members, so this session is an opportunity for new and old members of the collective to re-work the method seeing whether it would be beneficial to involve in a professional performance development.

Looking forwards to seeing all again, at the beginning of a year which promises many changes!

Please contact me with further questions before Thursday and also drop a comment below/mail/sms regard your attending.

With Love


CC #17 Polyphony


29th Sept

6th Oct

13th Oct

The series on Polyphony will consider the ways in which song is layered to create a multidimensional whole.  The song of a collective is one in which there is no soloist only combined “voices” which integrate, play and flow together or in contrast, all the while with a deep concentrated listening to the collective.

There is not so much individual expression, as collective expression.  There are not  “soloists” but rather a chorus of differing parts

There is an intent listening which emanates from the back space of the body, and the back of the head. We focus on vibration and look for resonance.

In the attempt to Harmonize with another our senses sharpen and become unusually effective, responsive and creative, as individual judgement is diminished

Looking forwards to seeing you