Workshops and teaching of Natural Chant and Rhythm © with Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe




 with Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe

         Discover the joy of your ability to go beyond what you thought were your musical limits, and to share it…
     Come, sing and play with us ! All backgrounds, all levels.
A voyage into the depths of yourself, with others
Experiencing the living heart of world traditions, with a natural, universal approach to improvisation

- Individual lessons: in Paris, or by Skype/ Zoom, etc… Singing lessons with Catherine or percussion with Joseph :

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- Week Ends 2019 at the Forum 104 in Paris VI Directions
              - les 16 et 17 février 2019
              - les 13 et 14 avril 2019

- Spring and Summer Workshops 2019 :
- 22 - 27 april 2019 in the abbey of Pierre Chatel
              "Natural chant and Hildegard of Bingen"

- 12 - 14 july 2019 at the monastery of St Michel du Var
              "Sacred Feminine"
             - 18 - 23 august 2019 in the abbey of Pierre Chatel
              "At the sources of Mediterranea"


  In all cultures and in all ages, the human voice has been honored as the most precious of all musical instruments. And it has always been sustained by rhythm.
Different cultures have developed highly specific vocal and rhythmic arts. These are very instructive. At their best, they are all "sacred," whether linked to a religious tradition or not, inasmuch as they raise practitioners' consciousness of their deeper nature.

Practices which make use of voice and rhythms together, especially with movement, have always been a powerful means of raising and deepening consciousness beyond the habitual. They allow us to play, to dance, to commune with each other, to purify and renew ourselves, and to heal.

In our civilization, we have mostly lost this art. We rarely sing together, we listen and move to recorded music, and have lost a true sense of our natural rhythm.

This workshop is a new and intensive approach to rediscovering the authentic, natural roots of music in our own bodies and souls. It makes use of new and original techniques, as well as many taken from other cultures, involving singing, rhythmic movements, vocalizations, and percussion.

This approach requires no previous musical training, and appeals to both beginners and experienced musicians.

A partial summary of content:
                       - learning to hear the voice resonate in one's body, and sharing this with others
                       - dissolving the fear of improvisation
meditation and silence: the sacred origins of music, beyond all words and doctrines
                       - chanting
harmonic overtones
                       - discovering
Sufi-inspired rhythmic exercises
                       - introduction to
Gregorian chant
                       - learning
traditional rhythms of other cultures
                       - introduction to traditional percussion:
the frame drum
                       - exploring the immensity and power of
vocal "noises"
                       - allowing the body to express itself in rhythmic movement
                       - learning about certain new and old vocal traditions
                       - feeling the roles of different parts of the body in movement
                       - relaxed concentration, inner and outer attention, breathing, collective improvisation
theatrical and poetic exercises