Filmed at The Sun At Night session on Sunday April 23rd 2017. This performance presents some of the material created during an experimental improvisation session I was invited to lead for The Moon Choir at St Leonards Church, Shoreditch, London, earlier that day. facebook.com/sunatnightlondon/
With heartfelt thanks to Conny Prantera and all the women who are part of The Moon Choir, and to Alice and Kayleigh from The Sun At Night.
Hear more from the session here:
About the vocal workshop (from pre-event publicity):
Site Singing vocal session for The Moon Choir
Guided by Ellen Southern
Ellen Southern will be bringing her field-recording based project, Site Singing, to the Moon Choir, for the next step in the development of a new vocal live work.
Following on from recent live debut at The Arnolfini, Bristol, this workshop will be the latest testing ground of a new experimental vocal work in-progress. Participating singers will work directly with sound, vocal elements and approaches developed through solo field trips to heritage sites in the South West. They will be encouraged to adventurously explore their voices, while fully utilising the acoustic characteristics of the space, to share in generating new material toward a new experimental live work in-the-making.
This will be a practice-based session, where live work and recordings (both digital and analogue) will be layered, treated and played back as we go. Participants will also be invited to discuss the work while being able to view and physically handle maps, photographs and drawings created over the course of the project so far. We will present a rush or ‘scratch’ style performance, of the resulting material for the Sun At Night evening session.
A hint of what to expect? Think spatial sound, immersive voices, sonic layering, unexpected harmonies, microtones and harmonics, combinations of live and recorded voices, some amplified treatments and effects, distance and proximity, interesting vocal dissonances and textures, improvisation and exploration.
See the latest progress using #SiteSinging at @ellen_southern
More about Site Singing: