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Singing as Self Care + Collaborative Songmaking Workshop with Diane Cluck (2018)
This inclusive workshop is created with both new/never-before singers and experienced vocalists in mind. Diane relates the joy of singing through experiential exercises focusing on personal expression and physical sensation.
Warm-up includes a bija mantra meditation and creating healing sounds. The workshop progresses into collaborative song-making through improvisation. Tools shared can be used by experienced songwriters as well as anyone who’s not yet written a song and is curious about the process. We’ll also touch on intuitive ways of singing harmony and how to join in on a song you’ve never heard before.
Group singing and song-making can be great tools to bring into family holiday situations!
$65 ($52 for members & Southwest Philly neighbors; contact us for information about the SW neighbor discount), open to 12 people, includes refreshments.
Feedback from recent workshop attendees:
“All in all, I feel like a stronger singer after this. Dialing into what I admire about my voice, what I dislike about my voice, how important the voice is, and all the while not taking myself too seriously was GOLDEN.” S. in Austin, TX
“I am trying to learn more about coming back into my body, and making sound is such a natural part of that healing. I am grateful for all that you share, including your encouragement.” G. in Asheville, NC
“I’ve found it increasingly easier to be vulnerable with my voice and to sing aloud. This has led me to sing more for and with friends in recent months. I feel like the workshop was just the catalyst and environment I needed to feel more at ease coming out of my shell and embracing my inner artist, embracing more of me.” J. in Providence, RI
“I really appreciated the fact that the class consisted of all varying degrees and levels of musicality. I don’t think I would have gotten as much (out of it) had all been a group of professionals or novices, etc. The diversity helped to alleviate self-consciousness and also offered perspectives I would have not otherwise seen.” M. in Albuquerque, NM
DIANE CLUCK is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music. She tours the US, UK and Europe, employing singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell…unaffected yet unusual”. (NPR)
She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. Time Out New York cited her as a “brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist”.
Diane released her seventh album Boneset through Important Records, featuring cellist Isabel Castellvi and drummer Anders Griffen. The album and singles premiered through NPR’s First Listen, All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series.
Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s. Since then, singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane’s work as influential.
Starting in 2017 Diane began bringing an original workshop “Singing as Self-Care & Embodied Expression” to cities across the US and UK. While at home in Virginia Diane teaches at The Front Porch, Charlottesville’s roots music school, and was songwriting instructor for UVA’s Young Writers Workshop in 2018.
“Sara” – Official music video:
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert: