An Embodied Voice Class for You with Francesca Genco
Yes, this class is for you, who love to sing or want to love to sing, whether you are a “non-singer”, shower singer or professional singer. A special welcome to those of you who “can’t sing”, who are thinking: “Yeah, right! Easier said than done. I’m not so sure I believe it can be done.” Just stay with me and read on.
In order to create a strong container, everyone in the workshop will be on board for all four classes. This will give us a chance to get comfortable with one another and to explore our voices more freely.
This class is a playful, deep and rich approach to song. We will:
- Explore our voices through exercises that make it easy and fun to make sound, which makes it easier to sing.
- Learn chants and songs and create your own songs.
- Engage our bodies as the beautiful instruments they are.
- Learn from one another, no matter how much voice training we have or haven’t had.
- Unlearn things we’ve been taught that stifle our creativity and enjoyment.
You will also have the opportunity to sing in the context of a singing circle, an additional event that will be open to folks who aren’t in the class. You are welcome to come and sing or to simply enjoy the music. Dancing is also encouraged. A few of my musician friends will lay down a rich tapestry upon which we will dance with our voices and bodies.
Join me in creating this community of song!
Workshop: Mondays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 – 6:30-8:30pm
$90 for all four classes (the Singing Circle included) if you register by September 14, $120 thereafter.
Singing Circle: Thursday, October 22 @ 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth 2138 Cedar St. Berkeley 94709
Francesca Lilac Genco, MA is a singer and sound healer, yoga instructor, bodyworker, and interdisciplinary arts teacher. Francesca has released two albums, Numinous River (2008) and Lullabies for a World in Transition (2012). She released her first book, Singing the Body into Being ~ Healing Yourself and Community through Song, in 2012. Her singing was featured in Ryan Amon’s score for Elysium, a film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster released in August 2013. Her voice was also featured in composer Kaveh Cohen’s Japanese trailer for James Cameron’s blockbuster film, Avatar. In 2009, she collaborated with Tonehammer to create a voice library. The response to the library and her albums has been positive and widespread and has led to several projects with composers from the US and Europe. In 2014, she collaborated with Soundiron to create a second more extensive voice library, which has led to new collaborations with film composers around the world.
Francesca is the founder of Song of the Body, which offers classes, workshops and retreats in embodied voice, sound healing, yoga and creative expression. She teaches her Singing the Body workshops and leads improvisational singing circles in the San Francisco Bay area, on the east coast and in Europe. Her classes and private sessions are based in creating an intimate relationship with the body as we learn to listen and respond to its natural intelligence and resonance. Learn more about Francesca at lilacmusic.com and singingthebody.com