SPECIAL EVENT: FREE SING and Pre-launch Fun!
Sat. November 24 from 1-3pm
Location: Kits Neighbourhood House at 7th and Vine, a beautifully renovated former church with wood floors and high ceilings. Tea and cookies provided!
BE PART OF THE MAGIC! On Saturday Nov. 24th from 1-3pm, join Laurel Murphy and a circle of voices for an afternoon of spontaneous singing! It’s free, and it will be a lot of fun! There’s nothing to rehearse – everything is composed in the moment! Just sing what is being sung to you and be amazed at how quickly the air fills with heavenly harmonies, dynamic vocal grooves, and body-shakin’ rhythms! In this soulful circle of spontaneous song, you’ll have the chance to tune your ears, open your heart and let your voice soar.
We are hoping to capture some photos and video for promotion. To thank you for the possible use of your photo, anyone that attends will get free passes to the first two sessions of SongRise in 2019.
Laurel Murphy is your guide and brings decades of experience as an improviser, performer and teacher in Vancouver and abroad. Inspired by the genius of Grammy Award-winning artist/improviser Bobby McFerrin, Laurel produced the first SongRise New Year’s events in Vancouver in ’95 and ’99, introducing over 1400 singers and audience to this innovative form, and resulting in a dynamic choir that continued for 12 years.
SongRise is an antidote to the craziness in the world! A place where we can put our best vibrations out there, while inventing music that has never been heard before. Please come and bring your friends – it’s open to singers of all levels experience, from beginner to professional. Let’s create some beautiful music together!
PLEASE REGISTER so we can keep track of numbers.
SONGRISE CHOIR IN 2019:
*The new SongRise Choir will launch its first full season in February 2019 and build toward a possible event in 2020. Add your name to the email list for updates.
Please contact Laurel if you would like to loosen up your choir, bring some fun to your school or break the ice at your conference. Add your name to the emai list if you’d like to hear about upcoming sessions.
See below for a full history and description.
For other classes go to teaching page
SongRise 1995 Promotional Video (with participant comments)
Very rough footage from SongRise 95, the first event of its kind in Canada. This 5-hour improvised vocal creation brought together 200 singers and 1200 audience members on New Year’s Eve 95 at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (Vancouver, Canada.) Featured in this video in order of appearance: Rhiannon, Dee Daniels, Jon Washburn, Sal Ferreras, Ann Mortifee, Modesto and Laurel Murphy. Not shown: Coco Love Alcorn, Lovie Eli and Kate Hammett-Vaughan.
From the SongRise Recording Sessions. 5 nights of spontaneous composition with 17 singers. (Laurel Murphy conductor/solo.)
SongRise 1999, New Year’s Eve, approx 1:30am
Where were you Dec 31st 1999? More than 850 people in Vancouver, Canada came together to sing in the new millennium, in spite of Y2K and other fears. This clip shows Laurel Murphy (vocal solo) composing parts in the moment for a vocal creation started at 9pm Dec 31st 1999 and ended at 2 am January 1st, 2000. She is joined by Rhiannon, lead conductor of the event. The evening also featured conductors Joey Blake, Pepe Danza, David Hatfield, Shari Ulrich, Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Producer: Laurel Murphy.
SongRise New Year’s Eve 1999 would not have been possible without the generous support of Hollyhock and its associates. Hollyhock is a world-class workshop and retreat center on Cortes Island, BC. Nestled in a beautiful setting of ocean, gardens and forest, Hollyhock offers opportunities for renewal, discovery and great joy. Visit their website to find out more.