What we're about

CircleSinging is a spontaneous, improvisational community-singing experience. In a circlesong, a leader starts by improvising a line of music and gives it / teaches it to one part of the circle. The leader then develops a second part that goes with the first and gives that part to another section of the circle. CircleSingers learn and repeat the exact part given to them. Soon we are singing a four part (at least) chorus that has never been sung before. This chorus can support individual solos.

The effect: never-before-sung, wordless, fun songs, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. The music may be glorious or goofy, complex or simple. Each circle is a unique experience, created by a spontaneously collaborating community.

A leader improvises. Circlesingers learn and follow their parts. Voila! — a newly created choral piece. It's easy to participate, you just repeat your part with other singers. Anyone can volunteer to lead, but there is never any pressure, no one is put on the spot.

This is a “mistake-free” zone, for all levels of singers — we sing for the sheer fun of it! Sing beautiful harmonies without sheet music. Witness a circle of people creating music together. Come sing with us! Participants find it a joyful, exhilarating (and many have said spiritual) experience. Improvising and music-making can give insight into other life issues. Many notice cooperation, teamwork, and community.

We take inspiration from methods developed by the unique and illustrious Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators, and from circlesinging groups in cities around the US and the world.

Check out what participants say, in the "Pages" tab above (500 words that participants have used to describe their experience.)

You can also contact circlesingingboston@gmail.com

More about circlesinging:

If you are new to circlesinging, you can hear and see examples in the videos below:

1 - In this video you'll see a circlesong created with several parts. (first, the leader does a little solo improvising).. click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9C4O-ezpFU (http://meet.meetup.com/wf/click?upn=pEEcc35imY7Cq0tG1vyTtxGQuRNzBhUp5L0moh8u5X88q8IaGBv1w1SdD1rKxRKVrh3gItlDAGcrC1G6F7wurA-3D-3D_-2FQw1seqWrCQgd-2Fw6x2o5viUtxhPykoQggJ13MRc9L06cZISiGerig62cBOxzR-2BOpRLSpfak7phRWPTmSAM-2BAcikhJOwjyPExDJTn-2FP-2Fh-2BJ1Ag1sL1T19egXAP3kVDdEoLarkaWwdXXjoZCdncy5VajhBcXFEly32n93ifI9drwBGUuFRsPDwjyRvN2o51fc430OCREWRRaWHtHxXrFAKMEGh-2B34o5M16lKlO333UxRw-3D

2 - In the following video, Bobby McFerrin creates a circlesong with audience members, then riffs on top of it. Start watching at minute 5:25 (through 9:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WznXAdYo8xc

3 - Berklee faculty member Joey Blake leads students in circlesinging in this video starting at minute 1:28. You also see individuals improvising solos on top of what has been created so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHAf1vR9cE&list=P... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHAf1vR9cE&list=PLEY3ynEZmNayl_6OIM60wsDDvPMfYw4Al)

4 - In the following video, you come into a circlesong in progress; two sections are already singing their newly created parts as the video begins ….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6WL7NYrT9Q

5 - Starting at minute 2:00 in the following video, see Bobby McFerrin starting a circle (and see also his playfulness with audience members) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWriGiWw6i4&spfrel... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWriGiWw6i4&spfreload=1)

6 - Here's a fun one from the TV show “SingOff” start at minute 1:00 the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNlmU4nPySI&feature=youtu.be

7. - Video of a large gathering of circlesingers, led by Gael Aubrit in Lyon France. He organizes Chant Pour Tous which sponsors circlesinging around France and nearby countries. https://youtu.be/q7zbIDlwKdE

8. - Another video example; Bobby invited a 2011 music teachers' conference participant to try leading a circle... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6WL7NYrT9Q&feature=youtu.be

9. Not a video, but this blog posting by Sariyah Idan, a singer-songerwriter / producer based between Los Angeles and Berlin, describes her "Week with Bobby McFerrin and my Mom" after she attended the annual CircleSongs Workshop at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, August 2018. Link to her blog is http://sariyah-idan.com/news/

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What’s in a Voice? An Authentic Voice Exploration with Mary Elizabeth Wheeler

What’s in a voice? The whole world. Our whole life - all of who we are. This workshop offers another dimension of listening and access to creativity for the CircleSinging community and beyond. We will have the opportunity to sing together as a group and individually. All levels of experience are welcome, regardless of musical ability or training. We sing the human experience, unfettered by criticism or judgment. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - SPACE LIMITED - SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS AUTHENTIC VOICE is a deep listening practice for the voice that wants to be heard – in this moment, now – arising from pure impulse and unfolding moment by moment, breath by breath. Learning to listen on various channels – auditory, kinesthetic (body and emotion), visual (image and spatial) – we expand our ability to “hear” ourselves. In the Authentic Voice experience, we invite volunteers to step into the circle one by one, using the vehicle of the wordless song to explore the vast territory of the unknown within us. We welcome, encourage, receive and celebrate each other as we connect deeply to the creative source through our own humanity. Singing in the presence of a community of witnesses can help us reclaim the power of our authentic voice and change the way we listen to ourselves and others – with empathy, trust and respect. Mary Elizabeth Wheeler is an improvisational vocal and performance artist, songwriter, song leader, and teacher with 30 years’ experience in Authentic Voice. Co-creator of the SpiritSong® process, the SpiritSong Institute and the “Mystic Soul” CD, she is the founder and director of Indigo River, a coaching, consulting and training organization dedicated to bringing the authentic voice to life. Mary Elizabeth has taught nationally and conducts a private practice in Cambridge and Arlington, MA, helping people access the power of the embodied voice for self-expression, creativity, healing and transformation. A practitioner of improvisational theater for over 25 years, Mary Elizabeth is a member of True Story Theater, an Arlington-based nonprofit theater ensemble that uses Playback Theatre for community building and social healing through the arts. Mary Elizabeth can be contacted at[masked] or [masked] and at Cambridge Health Associates. REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND DETAILS: Pre-registration and Advanced Payment is REQUIRED (no walk-ups) and space is limited to 20 singers. • The cost for the 2.5 hour workshop is $35 as long as payment is submitted by June 24. For payments submitted between June 25 - June 28, the cost will be $40. Please RSVP "yes" on this web page and then submit your payment. 2 ways to pay: • Paypal: If you have a personal PayPal account (or want to create one - it’s free), you can send the money from your account directly as FRIENDS and FAMILY to [masked] As long as you use a direct transfer from your bank account, there will be no fee. • By Check: Mail a check made out to Lynn Rosenbaum to 11 Peirce St. #2, Arlington, MA 02476. Must be postmarked by June 24 for the $35 price. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 3:45 to sign in and get settled. Please wear comfortable clothing. The space is wheelchair accessible. Refund policy: • If you need to cancel, full refunds will be issued through June 24, but not beyond. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Transportation and parking • The YWCA is a short walk from Central Square T station on the red line, and various buses. Taking public transportation is strongly encouraged since most metered parking is only for 2 hours. Some free, unlimited street parking within 5-10 minutes walk may be available, and parking at Green St. Garage, a 5-minute walk away will be available for $10. Please ask Lynn if you would like more parking details sent to you. Questions? Email [masked]

July 14 CircleSing in Central Square

St. Mary Orthodox Church

We create new choral music ! --- with improvised harmonies and rhythms. Follow the leader who creates the parts. It's easy to follow along (if you're new) and fun to improvise (if you decide you'd like to try leading, which is optional) Upcoming dates: August 11 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm

July 20 CircleSinging in Jamaica Plain (NEW!)

We create new vocal music! With improvised harmonies and rhythms. Follow the leader who creates the parts. It’s easy to follow along (if you’re new) and fun to improvise (if you decide to lead, which is optional). DETAILS $15-$5 on arrival (sliding scale). All are welcome and no one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open at 4:15 to sign in get settled. Participants are requested to leave shoes outside the room. LOCATION Integrarte is located in the heart of Jamaica Plain, at 85 Seaverns Avenue. PARKING There is free parking in a lot between Elm St and Everett St (1 min walk) and also in a parking lot behind Caffe Nero on Centre St (5 min walk). Besides, two hour visitor spaces are available on Elm St., Everett St. and Center St. Please check this link to see a detailed map of parking options: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m1bngqz7x18nrrn/Integrarte_Parking_Map.png?dl=0 TRAIN Integrarte is located two blocks from the GREEN STREET station at the Orange line (5 train stops from Back Bay). BUS[masked] These bus lines will leave you on Centre St. and Seaverns Ave. The studios are just 3 blocks away. MORE INFORMATION Feel free to drop me a message via meetup or by email to [masked]

August 11 CircleSinging in Central Square

St. Mary Orthodox Church

We create new choral music ! --- with improvised harmonies and rhythms. Follow the leader who creates the parts. It's easy to follow along (if you're new) and fun to improvise (if you decide you'd like to try leading, which is optional) Upcoming dates:

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June 22 CircleSinging in Jamaica Plain (NEW!)

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