I promised that in Spring 2020, Rambling Voices, my project of building an experimental choir would have found a stable shape, a stable location and keep work regularly. Instead, I had to stop the wheels rolling because of the Covid19 and be patient and work and video editing.
At the door of Autumn we started to meet again, open air in several locations and many wonderful things have happened. I have met lot of new people interested to my project and make them sing and improvise together form the first moment, as I promised. Feedbacks are always amazing…people feel free to express, use their voice fearless, do “strange” sound, shout, whistle and laugh.
I have learnt to work with non-professionals from a couple of masters of mine. In particular, when I was part of a very experimental theater company, our director was strongly insisting on working with us non-professional-actors/performers instead of the professionals that he could have.
The frame was the University of Bologna, I was so young but I was asked from him, Arnaldo, to give some voice workshops to the actors, so I did. Once, after he gave a topic for an improvisation, he came to me and said in my ear: “you see, if you leave them free, they will amaze you”.
I was in fact getting crazy by his very few and sibylline directions, but he was right: non professionals have somehow less prejudice and since they have less tools they would explore new ways.
Anyway, my masters in my heart, I keep doing my Rambling research on voice and voice teaching very happily though these meetings.
I give some cues for improvisations. Sometimes I don’t give any. I conduct. sometimes I don’t do anything. I push people to forget about voice technique and sometime to build “other” techniques.
How your voice would be if you have to sing while running?
Plus, in the last meeting I started to realise my desire to mix some folk tunes with impro and unorganised sounds. For the moment I am using a melodie with lyrics in a minor Italian language from the south. I even don’t understand the meaning and that’s make everyone on the same level…no stress about pronunciation and meaning, they are only sound (for the moment).
No stress at all. This is also part of my research. I want these people to sing without guiding their sounds with the stress of doing something good.
How we get there?
Yes, I make them practice Stockhausen’s Aus den sieben Tagen. This is always a good way to shut up your brain and focus on what you have to do.
Just play a sound.
With attention but with no expectation. With dedication but without prejudice.
Just play a sound.