Core Vocal Connection - a voice workshop led by Anne L Ryan
Tuesday, 7 May 2013 - at the Festival of Counselling & Psychotherapy, The Banbury Therapy Centre, 69 Oxford Rd., Banbury OX16 9AJ
This workshop uses vocal sound as a healing therapy. We will focus on
making sound with the embodied voice.
Working physically from the core, we will work with loosening up the
body (physical movement), learning some breathing exercises, and
experimenting with our individual unique sound. We will play with
pitched and unpitched sounds, singing a round to finish off the
The workshop aims to encourage the therapist’s awareness of the power
of the voice. Through listening and awareness we start to hear the
subtle resonances that can reflect an emotional state.
An evening exploring Butoh dance presented by Cafe Reason, Oxford.
"...with an eye made quiet...
we see into the life of things."
Cafe Reason engage in a continuous process of exploration and experimentation through its classes and works-in-progress. They have long-term ideas both for live performance and dance for film, as well as responding to opportunities that present themselves along the way.
Anne will contribute two pieces from Jibb Rishes Songologue to the evening's exploration of sound and movement.
When will it happen
The 3-hour voice and sound workshop takes place on Saturday, 27 April between 1.30 and 5pm.
The workshop will focus on making sound with our voice, leading into understanding and creating our own vocal map.
We will work with loosening up the body (physical movement), learning some breathing exercises, experiment and explore our own sound and finally, making sound in unison and harmony.
The workshop is aimed at those who enjoy exploring vocal sound and would be very helpful to the under-confident singer.
What to wear
Please wear loose clothing and light shoes or thick socks (not trainers). The room is warm, with a wooden floor. Bring a yoga mat, light blanket and water with you.
Where will it happen
The venue will be in Eynsham OX29.
If you wish to arrive a few hours before hand, there are cafes and pubs in Eynsham offering good food. Remember to allow about half-an-hour for food to be digested before the start of the workshop.
How to pay
The cost of the workshop is £35; £30 concessions. Places are restricted to ten maximum so it would be helpful if you could pay a non-refundable deposit of £10 in advance by cash or cheque.
If you have any questions, please call to discuss on 07712 414762
photos:©2013 Anke Von Loewensprung
The four women musicians of Fractofusus met through the Oxford Improvisers. They use improvisation, music scores, extended vocality, individual and collaborative composition, pitched and unpitched sounds in performances of experimental and new music, ranging in style from conventionally notated scored and semi-scored pieces to completely free improvisation.
The ancient life form known as Fractofusus was able to feed efficiently from the surrounding ocean by means of its fractal fronds. Similarly, the different musical backgrounds of these musicians meld in performance, creating an original, varied sound in which musical ideas feed off each other in continuous response to the immediate environment.
Musicians: Anne L Ryan (Voice/vocals), Camilla Cantata (trombone/piano/vocals), Jill Elliott (fiddles/vocals), Trish Elphinstone (Saxophone/vocals)
An evening of sacred song from Taize, a monastic, ecumenical community in France, well know for its meditative music. Please come expecting to sing!
No singing experience is necessary to enjoy this wonderful evening in the Great Hall of The Abbey lit by candles and warmed with the glow of a log fire.
Venue website: The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay
Performed and directed by Irish vocalist Anne L Ryan.
With support by 4 women composers Fractofusus
As part of the Oxford International Women’s Festival 2012 Irish vocalist Anne L Ryan will present Jibb Rishes Songologue, a vocal clown at the Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford on Friday, 9 March, 8pm. Tickets: £10, £8 (concession). Buy on-line:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/150815
For more information call OFS: 01865 263980 or Moving Tone: 01865 880858.
A vocal clown brings to life glimpses of her past on and off the stage, through songs and vignettes set against an evocative soundscape. The character of Jibb Rish is from a by-gone world that she recreates for us with a modern twist. Blending the essence of this ancient world within a modern day reality of ‘quantitative easing’, ‘megabucks, and ‘wonga’, Jibb Rish creates a whirl-wind songologue that is quizzical, funny and moving.
Jibb Rish portrays her past using ethnic song (Irish, Spanish, Yiddish, Georgian), Anglo-Irish verse with Cage, Beckett and Kagel participating in the dramatic back-drop. Jibb Rish has many voices that come to life through sounding, vocalising, original composition and songs - a songologue; a diva's delight, Jibb Rishes Songologue portrays a sting within the honeycomb story.
Jibb Rishes Songologue received its premiere at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in October 2010. It is a constantly evolving vocal music theatre song cycle; a series of independent scenarios revealing glimpses of Jibb Rishes vocal clown story. Watch video.
“It was a virtuoso performance that was emotionally full-bodied, sensitive, satirical, warm and outgoing. It was great theatre, an impressive development of an exciting new genre”. Rychard Carrington, Cambridge Music Critic
“Jibb Rishes Songologue is one of the strangest and most engaging things you'll ever see ... the evening for me was mainly about the continuing power of real, warts-out, beautiful moon-gazing lunatic storytellers”. Sophie Lewis, Review, Daily Information, Oxford
“Congratulations to singer Anne L Ryan for her video Jibb Rishes Monologue which engages, confronts and re-imagines aspects of Irishness.” BRIGHTON IRISH SOCIETY: www.brightonirish.co.uk
The Voice and Sound Harmonic Community Choir starts for the spring term on Thursday,11 April 2013.
Anne’s teaching will explore the group’s own sound using vocal sound intervals, improvisation techniques, breath and physical movement, bringing this together in song, harmony and improvised sound.
Do come and try it out. The sessions are open to all. There are no auditions. Just come along and lend your sound.
Time: 7.30-9.30 p.m. Half-term: Thursday, 30 May, 2013
Cost: £8.00/£7.50 per session Phone: 01865 880858
Venue wesbite: The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, nr Abingdon
Fractofusus are a collaborative quartet of four women musician improvisers Trish Elphinstone on Saxes and vocals; Jill Elliott (fiddles and vocals), Camilla Cancantata (trombone, piano and vocals), Anne L Ryan (voice and vocals), plus their collective voices.
Starting on Thursday evening, 15 September 2011 Anne will lead a choir in the Hall at the Abbey in Sutton Courtenay. Continuing the exploratory vocal group work she has been doing at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living Anne will explore the group's own vocal sound as well as teaching songs, chants, rounds and three-part harmony.
The autumn term dates are:
Thursday, 15 September to Thursday, 8 December inclusive, with a break during half term week - Thursday, 27 October.
The cost per session is £6. (£72 for 12 sessions) Paid advance £60 for the term.
(Concession £5.50 : £66 for 12 sessions) Paid advance £60 for the term.
Please let Anne know if you wish to come along. Email her or call her on 01865 301702.
An evening of voice, improvisation, song, works and text-pieces led by vocalist Anne L Ryan with special guests including Kath Lucas (voice), Laura Mortimer (voice), Jill Elliott (fiddle & voice),Pete McPhail (reeds), Julian Faultless (horn), Dan Goren(trumpet) and Paul Medley (reeds) with additional members of the Oxford Improvisers Co-op. Anne will perform "The Necessary", a voice text piece the result of a collaboration with Stuart Russell (2009).