Potato House Circle Choir - group vocal improv (2009)

from Rudiger Oppermann's Klangwelten & Sommermusikfest, Germany​/​France 2002 - 2014 by Diana Rosalind

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Refer to previous track for information on the context for the Potato House Sessions! This particular improv was based on the "circle singing" structure that I learned with Bobby McFerrin, whereby a group of singers builds a kind of "live loop" and then when it's solid, everyone jumps to the final part added and sings it unison and then builds a new jam on that basis. I think we go through about three morphs in this recording. It was not possible to have a soundproof environment at Sommermusikfest and at one point you can clearly hear some kind of drum practice going on outside, which beat is then brought into the vocal jam. None of the vocalists in the group of about 13 were primarily singers, but all of them were good and sensitive musicians in one way or another and excellent listeners. So while there are for sure vocal imperfections and the occasional bum note, I never tire of listening to these recordings for the way all the vocalists are tuned into one another and work together as a unit.

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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