- When: Sunday, 04 March 2018
Dates: Sunday 4th March
Times: 10.30am till 4pm
Workshop Fee: £35
£30 early bird (before 21st Jan)
Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, UK
Join us for a day of singing with Brendan Taaffe, a dynamic songleader and well-regarded composer from Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.
The director of The Bright Wings Chorus, Brendan also performs with The Waxwing Four and is in demand as a workshop leader around the world. Currently short-listed for a Guggenheim for his work as composer, Brendan has been a dedicated student of different traditions, having traveled to Zimbabwe, Cuba, New Zealand, and France to learn songs. This year he is a Research Fellow at the Appalachian Sound Archives in Berea, Kentucky, where he has been digging deeply into Appalachian traditional song.
Brendan is known for his encouraging teaching, lush tenor voice, and his gift for bringing out everyone's talents. To learn more about Brendan, visit his website at www.brendantaaffe.com.
Together we will explore the richness of different world harmony traditions, including traditional American harmony (early gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns), Zimbabwean makwayera singing, and Brendan’s original compositions. All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary—singing is a birthright for all of us, so come and sing.
“What a gift---this music of the world that brings us all together from our different cultures and practices giving us all the same joyful, creative purpose. Isn't it lovely to know we can come from far and afield and know each other somehow? How we are all part of this great human family humbly struggling to know ourselves and live in joy and love in the world. These camps are about so much more than singing...”
“Your personal qualities of being open, uncompetitive, caring and genuine created the environment that allowed many of the other wonderful moments to happen. That is very unusual--to be a leader who, by example, encourages everyone to connect, not compete, through the music.”