The daylong workshop includes silence, vocal meditations, and basic exercises to create music together. Over the course of the day, the group will create and rehearse new music and present it at a public concert in the evening. No prior experience necessary.
Workshop begins at 9:30 am. Public performance at 8:05 pm. Suggested donation: $40 for workshop, $15 for the concert. Read about past workshops here. Everyone is welcome to join the concert which will include music coming into the world for the first time, created over the course of the day by workshop participants. To apply for the workshop, email craig[at]craigshepard[dot]net, tell us who you are and why you want to join.
Creating Music Together: One Road Out of Hell
There's a deep communion in music which we haven't found anywhere else. We've experienced moments in concerts where time stops and the musicians and audience are all connected and a window opens up where we cannot understand why we were ever anxious or worried about anything. These moments are brief, perhaps twenty seconds; a sense of the experience remains.
We believe that everyone has the capacity to create new music. Many people have been so trained to ignore their own leadings and to believe that they can't do anything to influence the world around them, that they no longer believe they can do anything. This is hell.
We have experienced beauty and awe in the moment a new piece of music is born. Being there when someone writes their first piece of music is a true joy.
We accept that our work may not have any impact in our lifetimes; we move forward anyway, taking the next indicated action. Each time we work with others to access their abilities, we are reminded that music creates a new future, if not for us then for those who come after us. This is one road out of hell.
We hope you join us for a week of silence, music, and working together. We will introduce basic exercises to listen to imagination, to communicate that to others, and to bring it into this world as your very own music.