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6 November 2011, 12 to 4 p.m.
5th Klangwerkstatt (Sound Workshop) at Kolumba
Featuring Lauren Newton and Maria Jonas & Ars Choralis Coeln. The Klangwerkstatt (Sound Workshop) at KOLUMBA has become a staple for both the Ars Choralis Coeln and Kolumba. Now in our 5th year, we are striking out along a new path by inviting the vocalist Lauren Newton, a master of improvisation. With her, we will be working up a performance in which we freely improvise – taking advantage, of course, of the museum’s special spaces and its works of art. Lauren Newton describes her work as follows: “Free improvisation means being close to your own creativity, and reacting to the moment. It means overcoming your inhibitions for making daring sounds, listening to the other musicians, and directly returning the musical balls that have been thrown to you. It comprises exercises in perception and the creative treatment of time, tones, sounds, melodies, rhythm, language, etc. Body and voice training, breathing, listening, and reaction exercises may be directly incorporated into free improvisations – integrated sounds, melodies, language, and unexpected things all turned into a musical process. An important goal is increasing your ability to make decisions in the process of improvisations.” With the participants, Lauren Newton works on extended voice techniques far beyond the singing of melodies. The spectrum of the voice is easier attained, or respectively, perceived, in free improvisation, and each vocalist will thus realize endless possibilities for making individual, fascinating music. Everything is probed: The sounds of individuals and groups, pure tones, noises, melodies, language, rhythm, as well as unexpected things in the musical process. Unconventional musical working methods improve one’s own perception, bringing surprising results to light. The music takes on a deeper meaning for one’s self and for the listeners. Guided by the musical moment, creativity is unleashed, and we discover the world of the human voice! Based on the kind of modal voice training Ars Choralis Coeln does, characterized by overtones and modal patterns of meanwhile different cultures (Gregorian, Indian Dhrupad, Hebrew Scales), together with Lauren Newton we will approach an even freer musical procedure – first in a three-day workshop in the Rochuskirche Church (Cologne-Bickendorf) and culminating on the last day in a performance at KOLUMBA. These performances over a long duration (ca. 4 hours) in spaces that do not dispose over concert-seating have proven themselves tried and true for developing new forms of music and presentations. The numerous concerts and festivals Ars Choralis Coeln has been invited to in the meantime attest to this.