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?
No need to sign up, JUST SHOW UP!
We gather twice a month on Sundays at 5pm.
See our calendar for this month's dates and times.
How much does it cost?
For each gathering, we ask a suggested 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.
We'd love to hear from you!