Circle Singing

Location: Verwaltungsscheune | Gewölbekeller

Circle Singing

This is the workshop for you! A “Circle Song,” made famous by Bobby McFerrin, is a form of group improvisation, where each singer can add their own ideas to create a tapestry of harmony and sound. FreePlay members Dylan and Suba will guide you through the creation of a circle song, teaching various vocal ideas such as melody, harmony, rhythmic variance, ostinato patterns, basslines and chord progressions, to create songs never sung before. You can then take these ideas home with you to create your own circle songs with your vocal groups.

Teacher: Suba Sankaran

Suba Sankaran

DORA award-winning, JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran effortlessly combines musical worlds, performing across North America, Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia and Africa with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay, and Retrocity. Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingles.
She has composed, recorded and produced music for theatre, film, radio, and for south Indian and modern dance, including collaborations with Oscar-nominee Deepa Mehta. Recently, Suba made her acting debut at Stratford Festival where she has served for two seasons as vocal coach/arranger and sound designer. Suba is in demand as a private teacher, educator, choral director, arranger, adjudicator and composer and has given numerous workshops to choirs around the world.

Teacher: Dylan Bell

Dylan Bell

Multifaceted. Juno-nominated Dylan Bell’s musical curiosity keeps him effortlessly crossing and blurring musical boundaries.
Dylan is an international leader in a cappella music, having sung with many of Canada’s premiere vocal ensembles such as FreePlay, Retrocity, Cadence, The Watch, and Hampton Avenue. He also freelances as a keyboardist and bassist.
Behind the mixing board, Dylan has produced several award-winning albums, including a Juno nomination for the Cadence album Twenty For One; Ferris Wheels with the world-renowned Swingles; and the Juno-nominated Skin Tight by a cappella legends The Nylons.
Dylan’s compositions and arrangements have garnered international recognition as winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. When it comes to vocal arranging, Dylan wrote the book… literally. “A Cappella Arranging” (co-written with Deke Sharon) was published in 2013 to international acclaim.

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