Youth Arts Arise Winter 2017 – World Music Singing

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Date(s) - Wed. Mar. 22, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



Participants will be immersed in a different traditional singing style each session. They will be taught all music by ear with an emphasis on different technical and stylistic approaches, language and pronunciation, and the music’s meaning and cultural context. Students will emerge from the project with greater confidence in music-making, a broader sense of what the human voice can do, and an appreciation for musical and cultural diversity. Possible musical traditions to draw from include the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Albania, Corsica, Ukraine, American shape-note, and South African choral music.

About the Instructor: Lysander Jaffe is a musician and vocalist based in Boston. Since graduating Williams College in 2014, he has toured Europe with the semi-professional world music choir Northern Harmony and traveled extensively through Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans to study traditional music with master musicians. He currently performs with Balkan Mind Meld, Palaver Strings, and Trio Culomba and teaches for Village Harmony and the Boston Singing Sessions. As a performer and teacher, he believes passionately in the expressive potential of every human voice.


This program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).