Sunday 19 March 2017, 3.30pm, OTO Project Space
WORKSHOP - 3.30pm-6pm
PERFORMANCE - 6:30pm-7:30pm
A workshop with Ingrid Plum on alternative approaches to working with the voice as an instrument ahead of new album 'Taut'. An album of new compositions by composers and music makers created in response to Plum's brief, ‘Taut’ uses techniques gathered from a lifetime of vocal exploration and training, including studying directly with Meredith Monk.
In 'Taut', Plum explores a tension between notated sound and performed sound, in response to Monk's reluctance to score her work which she considers an oral tradition.
Following on from the workshop, there will be a performance from Ingrid Plum in the Project Space at 6.30pm to which all ticketholders for the workshop are welcome to attend, entry is by donation for those not attending the workshop. Please note that capacity in the Project Space is limited to 60 people and entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
The Workshop: Sounding Voice
A one day workshop exploring the voice as an instrument and a natural practice, based onIngrid Plum's experience in using the voice within different disciplines, traditions and genres. Learn a range of breathing exercises, meditation and voice exercises to build confidence and explore your voice for either spoken or singing strength, confidence and curiosity. Ingrid Plum is a vocalist with 26 years of experience having trained in a variety of traditions. Incorporating her recent experience studying with Meredith Monk with a wealth of techniques gathered from teachers and traditions around the world, Plum will draw on her teaching practice, which includes lecturing in sound art and vocal coaching for the NHS, to lead your exploration into your natural voice as an instrument and a practice. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.
The day will comprise of meditation, breathing exercises and vocal exercises with a focus on deep listening and harmony, involving discussion and working with the natural voice. By the end of the workshop participants will have a 'tool kit' of exercises they can work with to expand their own vocal practice. This workshop is best suited to those with an interest in the voice, sound art, experimental music and meditation, but previous practice in those fields is not necessary.
Duration: 4 hours with a break.
Participants should wear clothing and shoes allowing for ease of movement and bring a bottle of water.
14 participants maximum.
Ingrid Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs.
Originally trained in classical singing and performing from age 7, Plum was awarded a scholarship after her 5 octave range was discovered at 11. Specialising in Sound Art with Performance at the University Of Brighton before studying a Masters in Music Creative Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London, after graduating Plum continued her studies in voice by exploring extended vocal technique in ethnographic research, incorporating these techniques and traditions into her work which has been exhibited and performed internationally.
Plum formed the free improv group Susurrations in 2011 and in 2012 she launched Plum Records, released her solo EP 'The Tunnel Recordings' followed in 2015 by her debut album 'Plangent'. In 2016 this was followed by 'Everything Is Becoming Science Fiction' a collaboration with Graham Dunning, Ian Stonehouse and John Harries and 'Unsung', a collection of early sound works from installations and films 2002-2012. In 2016 she formed free improv trio PlumPyneThornton, founded all female noise choir The Larsens, and studied directly with Meredith Monk. Plum is a visiting lecturer in Interdisciplinary Practice, Sound and Media at Goldsmiths University Of London and the University of Brighton. She is the founder of Bechdel, a DIY event platform for female experimental/noise/spoken word/improv/free folk/free jazz/folk/Neo-classical acts and is based between the UK and Denmark.