Who can attend?
ANYONE! We mean it.
Think you can’t sing? Come and try.
Been singing for years? Come and try.
Scared to improvise? Definitely, come.
Anyone with a desire to sing is welcome.
How do I sign up & when is it?
Our type and times of gathering vary, so head on over to our calendar to see what’s upcoming. We don’t require advance sign ups, but we prefer it as we have minimum numbers for each time we meet. The more the merrier.
How much does it cost?
With the exception of special workshops and retreats, we ask a suggested donation for each donation to cover facilitator, website and space fees. If you are not able to pay this amount, we encourage you to come anyway. If you are able and willing to contribute more, you may as well. Creating and supporting community is our primary interest.
Do I have to sing alone?
Absolutely not. Circle Singing is first and foremost about community. That being said, if you desire to explore your voice as a soloist, there will be opportunity as well.
What if I make mistakes?
There are no mistakes in the circle. Every sound you make, good or bad, is an opportunity. We will give you tools for fully understanding.
Wait, how exactly does it work?
Utilizing a fluid model of play, Circle Singing often begins with exercises and games to ignite and practice skills of improvisation. Once the group is “warmed up” Davin Youngs leads the group in improvised harmonic and rhythmic patterns that are repeated until a song unique to that moment is created. These patterns as well as leadership may morph and change. There are no hard rules, although there are many ways of facilitating a successful circle.
Anything else I should know?
You may want to wear comfortable clothing as we tend to move! And...
This is sacred gathering that creates change in those who participate. It draws on ancient traditions, using the voice to facilitate joy and healing. It is for anyone who seeks an opportunity to explore personal growth and change in community.
Davin Youngs is singer, teacher and sound guide. He uses improvised singing and intentional sound in performance, workshops and private sessions to hold space for change. His performed sound experiences take participants on a mindful journey, incorporating the voice, traditional healing instruments, looping and electronic beats, none of which are ever the same. He is the creator of VOXUS, has brought improvised singing and sound experiences to companies and organizations like Coca-Cola, Google and Chicago Public Schools and has worked in the private voice studio (Davin Youngs Voice) with prominent artists in hip-hop, punk and gospel. Davin is also a Reiki level 2 practitioner and the music director at Grace Chicago Church.
Nisha Subramanian has been singing since she was four years old. She has trained in Carnatic music, a South Indian classical style of music but believes that in improvisational singing she has found her musical home. When she is not singing she can be found performing with her improv team at a comedy theater near you.
Jake Rosner is a singer and beatboxer with a love of building community. Originally from Washington, D.C., he has taught and worked with musicians here in Chicago since 2008, and with improvisers in Buenos Aires. He loves making ridiculous mouth noises, and is excited about making vocal percussion accessible to people with all levels of musical experience!
Kim Brahm has a robust and eclectic history with music from a young age, including piano, trombone, and vocal training and performance across many genres and settings. She is a pediatric occupational therapist, trained Life Coach, and yoga instructor. Her love of singing, play, and growing her own ability to respond creatively to the present moment is only deepened by using her voice in community with others.
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