infectiously soulful. socially charged


Body Grooves w/ Joni NehRita

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Friends House , 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, ON

**Please note, I requested July 13th initially, but I have a conflict on that day, so my request is for July 20th instead. Please disregard the other one.

This workshop will introduce a practice/methodology called Música do Círculo aka MdC (translation: Music of the Circle) originating in São Paulo Brazil. This is a collective music-making experience that uses elements including body percussion, improvisation, singing, movement and play to uncover spontaneous and joyful music. MdC explores how music affects human relations and is a wonderful tool for embodying music, community building, cultivating creativity and connection. Joni has been to Brazil three times and has been studying with MdC for 2.5 years.

We will also explore Collective Vocal Improvisation using Circlesongs, in Bobby McFerrin's style as well as through methods Joni has developed over the years as a vocalist, songwriter, music educator and choir director.

This workshop is open to anyone who is ready to make collective music with others. It may be especially beneficial for singers, musical theatre performers, musicians, etc. But really, anyone who is interested in exploring improvised music through singing, body percussion and learning about Música do Círculo is welcome.

Fee: $35 (Please email to register and or request lower pricing)