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Summer/Fall 2017 & looking towards 2018!
I hope this update finds you well! I continue to gather Whole Body Voice (c) stories from alumni re: consideration for inclusion in my book. Send your WBV anecdotes from your training with me and note permission to quote you (send to email@example.com).
This past year I coached a full schedule of Whole Body Voice (c) Vox Lab and NYU/Tish School of the Arts/Atlantic Studio undergraduate classes at Atlantic Theater Company Acting Studio; conducted private voice sessions; released my original jazz album "All Hot Bodies Radiate" (#6 on the NPR Top Ten Jazz Critics Poll Best Vocal Jazz Album!); and completed an M.A. in graduate voice research at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. My masters' thesis, "Fried: The Sound of the 21st Century," placed an interdisciplinary lens on vocal fry and generalized to voice as a whole body phenomena. My masters' research study "A Voice of One's Own: A Vocal Range Study," conducted with Atlantic Theater Company Acting Studio alumni, generated fascinating questions which are influencing the book I am writing about voice! My independent studies in voice & neuroscience with the brilliant multi-disciplinary Professor of Movement/Voice/Acting, Andrew Belser from Penn State were profoundly formative studies expanding my understanding of voice, social factors and environment. At Atlantic Theater Company I coached four NYU productions and the ATC Professional Evening Conservatory's workshop of an ingenious original play "Convention," developed with maverick up and coming playwright, Danny Rocco.
VOICE/BODY/BODYWORK: A Move & Awareness Through Movement work!
This summer I moved my primary home to the Catskill mountains near Woodstock, New York where I have maintained a country home for twenty years, while teaching in NYC! It has been my dream for many years to be closer to nature as often as possible. I am beyond excited to announce I will now be vocal coaching both in New York City and the Woodstock area as of the Fall 2017! More on my "city/country coaching" schedule, to come! I will also be offering a workshop in Los Angeles in 2018, details to come! I am also excited to be entering my third year of Feldenkrais Certification VII, and as an Associate Teacher candidate and am now conducting Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (c) sessions (ATMs) . So: stay tuned for news on my new directions in voice, movement and bodywork!
ENERGY: I am incredibly honored to have been invited to write a voice chapter in a book about energy by writer/editor Amy Egan. More on that work and the interdisciplinary community connected to Amy's book, soon!
JAZZ: The Hope Etudes
And last but not least, after concluding my jazz album tour for All Hot Bodies Radiate in May 2016, I took a jazz vocal performing hiatus to focus on my graduate research project. In 2017-18 I look forward to returning to performing with my band, The Katie Bull Group Project! I have been composing some new music inspired by the need to cultivate happiness and hope. The music for the project is developed through improvisations in which I "sit with" whatever arrives, leaning-in with intentionality towards songs that produce a lifted spirit. This project is inspired in part by the desire to counter-act the darkness of 45, and also by the environmental activist Bill McKibben's book Oil and Honey; third wave intersectional feminist Rebecca Solnit's book Hope in the Dark; and my "decolonization" studies with Jack TChen. I am determined to dedicate music to hope in these dark times. Hope exists. Sing it.
WATER IS LIFE: On the environmental and social justice front I would like to highlight documentary filmmaker (manfriend) James Spione's collaborative film with directors Myron Dewey and Josh Fox, "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now available on multiple platforms, go to www.awakethefilm.org (https://youtu.be/IprMaqJQtSA). If you are unaware of the indigenous Water Protector fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NODAPL), and if you care about the fate of this earth and its inhabitants - please see this remarkable, beautiful, unforgettable film, which is both a documentation of the events at Standing Rock, and a call to action!
We must all remember that Water is Life, and do all we can to support the rights of the indigenous tribes, and water rights for all! I plan to host a screening of the film for Climate Force (see the Climate Force tab for info on events of past years), and will post another update on this screening, in the near future. As we explore our speaking and singing voices we must connect to the things we care about in this world. As Chuck Jones used to say, "The voice is impelled by the desire to communicate. What do you care about!? Who do you are about?!" Make your voice heard!"
On the personal front, my amazing kids Hudson and Hannajane are both in college now! I am very proud that they are developing their passions as young people who care about humanity & nature. Hudson is in Film Studies, and he's a musician & a writer, studying at the New School for Social Research/Eugene Lang School in NYC; Hannajane has interconnected her passions for Geography and Women's Studies, at UC Boulder. I love my kids, and the next generation!
I have been receiving a lot of unsolicited correspondence from WBV alumni who have moved on from classroom training to apply their vocal approaches in the professional realm. A lot more than usual, I should say - I have always kept in touch with former students. Maybe the word is out that I'm working on a book? But I haven't announced that, yet. Ummm, that might have been a semi- announcement. No publisher, yet but, some irons in the fire. Maybe these letters are arriving due to synchronicity! In any case, I am excited to be getting notes from the road, and letters from the trenches. A common theme is the empowerment felt around self-coaching. Which happens to be a core theme in my book! I am gathering anecdotes from the field, to write about the application of the self-coaching tools, on the job. If you have trained with me, feel free to send me your stories, firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know if I have your permission to include your story, if not in full, than in quotation, and credit your name. Most recently I worked with the fantastic documentary film maker, and actor, Morgan Spurlock, in preparation for his British series. This seasoned performer, who is so fully in his whole body and voice, felt he would want to check-back-in for occasional "tune ups" - and yet, we both agreed he was entirely prepared to apply his vocal technique, on his own. Finding the balance of coaching support, and trusting that you have integrated your skills to the point of autonomy, is a reflection of one's practice, one's skill, one's hunger to grow, and one's improvisational spirit.
I will keep you all posted. And you keep me posted, too!