wow, I thought I was the only choir dork out there when I first started running the playa choir 4 years ago...how wrong I was...
Let me (re)introduce myself...I'm Madi and I am the playa choir director. The playa choir is the only choir where:
1. I've had ensemble members show up topless, bottomless, or both
2. The music is a strange mix of gospel, funk, original compositions AND circle singing
3. I put on my preacher garb and give a service on sunday morning
4. I can say, "Hallelujah, Right ON, Fuck Yeah!" to the whole choir and get away with it.
this will be our 5th year and last year, we over-filled the house on sunday morning...
I've been a choir dork my whole life. I am edjumakated with a BM and MM in choral music, but don't hold that against me. I'm still wild and believe that improvisation is not just for the studied jazz musician. I have been singing with the Glide Ensemble of SF's Glide Church and currently, I teach vocal music at Washington State University. I absolutely LOVE what I do and find that I've had the most special musical moments with this choir, on this sacred wasteland called black rock city.
about the choir:
we rehearse during the event, wed, thurs, fri and sat at 10:30 am. show up as you are, in any state you happen to be in. (nevada, hopefully...) some of our music will be learned by ear, some by written score, (nothing is too hard if you have a decent ear, I promise) and some that will be improvised in the moment. EVERY AND ALL VOICES ARE WELCOME!!!
On sunday, we wear our most special garb and give our music in an ecumenical sunday service at 11am. we dance, we sing, we laugh, we cry, we are totally open. hopefully, we still have a voice to sing with...
where does this happen?
Jazz Cafe, right around center camp...
MAYBE...this year, I am thinking of posting some of our songs somewhere on line ahead of time. So if you are a soloist, and you are interested in getting your big moment ready ahead of time, I am working on getting this to you ahead of time...or if you just want to sing some of this music before the playa, I hope to get this happening this year as we evolve...
last few things...I'm ALWAYS pining for rhythm section players...If you are interested in percussion/drums, bass or guitar or keyboards, contact me!!
If you are DYING to do a song and think I should know, or maybe you are an arranger and want to write something, contact me! I'm all about organic music...
All right, there it is. more questions? contact me!
I'll make a more formal announcement in just a few days!
PS. Acaplaya is FULL with all returning members for BM 09, jsyk.
So glad to see some other vocal groups are starting to pop up!!! come say hello!
love and service,
Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, (including me), appear and inspire