Traditional singing workshops
Laboratorium Pieśni leads traditional singing workshops, using author’s method of work with voice, body and breath, inspired by trainings of Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE and music works of Grotowski Institute, in its forest base in Brzezinka (Poland). Workshops are an opportunity to meet within a song, creating a space for free creativity for those, who have a natural need of vocal expression and would like to start (or continue) an adventure with the voice and traditional songs, as a material for work.
Workshops are led by the founders of Laboratorium Pieśni: Alina Jurczyszyn – The Academy for Theater Practices ‘Gardzienice’ graduate and Kamila Bigus – The Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk graduate. They are leading the project called ‘Akademia Laboratorium Pieśni’ (meaning: Academy of Song Laboratory) at the University of Gdansk, as well as organizing and leading workshops of traditional singing in other places.
Workshops are focused on:
group practise of music and traditional singing (working with traditional songs, learning singing in traditional polyphony);
phenomenon of voice and its strengthening (emission, voice projection, breath training);
awakening of the natural human musicality (the musical sensation of the world);
partner and group activities (building a state of mindfulness, mutual respect and responsibility for common work, ability to fit to the group, creating a creative energy, mutual support and exploiting the potential of each participant).
The workshops are led by:
a singer, for about ten years has worked with traditional songs from many cultures, leading workshops, travelling, gathering songs at their sources, a graduate of Akademia Praktyk Teatralnych Gardzienice and the faculty of humanities with the specialisation of theatre studies at the University of Gdańsk, a field researcher (Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Poland); founder of bands: Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) and Annutara, an actress (Gardzienice, Off the Bicz Theatre), a director (Seasons, Empty Nights – Songs that come to an end), artistic coordinator of the Song Laboratory Academy and the Etnowiosnowisko Festival.
a violinist, graduate of the Stanislaw Moniuszko State Academy of Music in Gdansk, at the violin class of prof. Małgorzata Skorupa, student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Interdepartmental Institute of Art), singer and musical arranger in the Tri-City bands: Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory) and Annutara; co-leader of the regular, traditional singing workshops – Song Laboratory Academy at the University of Gdansk and other vocal workshops; participated in theatre plays, such as ‘Seasons’, ‘Empty Nights - Songs that have come to an end’ (dir. Alina Jurczyszyn), ‘Twig of the sun tree’ (dir. Bozena Zezula) and a series of the audiovisual performances ‘Understanding Poland’ with the Łukasz Rostkowski’s (L.U.C) chamber music ensemble; a session musician; took part in many CD recordings of other bands, such as: Symphonic Theater of Dreams, False Month, SAS, Nina Nu, Miejscovi and Cuba de Zoo.
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There is also the possibility of organising a series of workshops, finished with a concert of Laboratorium Pieśni or a play ‘Puste Noce – Pieśni, które już się kończą’/’Empty Nights – Songs that have come to an end’.
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