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Meet the Improvisers: Irene Pujol Torras

As the Improvisers are gathering one more time this Sunday for a final rehearsal before their first public performance at the Vortex on 5th December, we’re introducing our 7th member: Irene Pujol Torras, vocalist and music therapist who studied in Barcelona, Paris and London, and has recently started a PhD focusing in the use of group vocal improvisation as a music therapy technique. In Paris, she sang with Sorbonne Scholars and the Chamber Choir of […]

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Blog: TIC’s conducting signals are settling in

Another good TIC rehearsal today! Sorted out the hand, body, face and mouth signals. Made a quick video talking through the main ones so we can all learn them. There’s a signal for ‘I don’t know’ – and another called ‘ emergency exit’. We have textured and smooth drones, smudging, parallel movement harmonisation, interlocking, pod harmonisations and go through the red light. We have ostinatos and graduations, dissolve, clusters and […]

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Meet the Improvisers: Uran Apak

Uran Apak, singer, composer and voice tutor from Istanbul who holds an MA in Studio Composition from Goldsmith University. How would you describe your voice? I see my voice as a chameleon spaceship ! It changes according to my moods and surroundings and it transports me to different states of perception and feeling. Especially when I improvise with others, and if we are all hundred percent present, I can close my […]

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Meet the Improvisers: Kate Smith

  Our next Improviser to sit in for a portrait in her own words is Kate Smith, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, dancer and classically-trained singer from Virginia now settled in London after a stint in Shanghai, where she produced her own cabaret shows and headed the local Americana scene. Kate has recently graduated from the Leadership course at Guldhall.  How would you describe your voice? I’ve been studying singing since I was thirteen, […]

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Blog: Responding to TIC’s third rehearsal – by composer Alistair Smith

TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir – Rehearsal 3 In Jenni Roditi’s stunning loft apartment, light streaming in through the windows that are three sides of the space, seven unique individuals entered one by one to greet Jenni. “The warming up is done! The bonding is done! Now it’s time to get down to it!” These were some of Jenni’s first words to the group as they commenced their third rehearsal. The […]

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Calendar: Performance and workshop: 5th December, Vortex

Tickets are now on sale for the first public performance of The Improvisers’ Choir, taking place on 5th December 2015 at the Vortex in Dalston, London (N16). The concert will be preceded by a taster workshop open to all singing abilities to try out the techniques developed by Jenni Roditi and TIC, and followed by a Q&A with Jenni and choir members. Book your tickets now as places are limited […]

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Meet the Improvisers: Verónica Chacón

Our next Improviser is Verónica Chacón, a Swiss-Columbian mezzo soprano and jazz singer who trained in musical theory and piano at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva as a child and young adult then came to London 17 years ago to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is also a singing/breathing teacher, conducts the Muswell Hill-based Alexandra Chorus and has exhibited her movement-inspired paintings in Geneva, London and New York.  How would you […]

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Meet the Improvisers: Dilara Aydin-Corbett

We start with Dilara Ayidin-Corbett, a  Goldsmith graduate and recently accepted onto the Leadership course at Guildhall, specialising in Irish folk music and Indian classical music. Dilara is also a member of Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble led by Eska Mtungwazi How would you describe your voice? To be honest, I’m not exactly sure!! I try to keep a pure tonal quality (so think what you would expect with Indian Classical singing) or find the […]

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Blog: TIC singers work with Vocal Tai Chi Practitioners

Jenni Roditi writes: A wonderful Vocal Tai Chi workshop today (25/10/15) as we were joined by some of our new friends from TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir. Much learning, sharing and openness about the creative life of the voice – from the shy beginner to the seasoned pro – everyone was willing to take new steps. Quite a sense of celebration and care for each other in the air. The […]

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