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/

CircleSinging around the world !

Now there is a map that shows where to find CircleSinging around the world. Take a look:

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Upcoming events (5+)

May 26 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 June 2 Saturday in Arlington 10am June 9 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm June 22 Saturday in Jamaica Plain (new) 4:30pm at Integrarte 85 Seaverns Ave July 14 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm August 11 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm

CircleSinging Arlington

Portal Crystal Gallery

Join in community to play with vocal harmonies, rhythms and expression - easy to follow along, and opportunities to lead and improvise (for those who want to.) Doors open at 9:45am to sign in and get settled. PLEASE TRY TO ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY early as we will start promptly at 10:00an and end at 11:30. $15-$5 sliding scale. All are welcome and no one turned away for lack of funds. If you rsvp and then your plans change, please change your rsvp accordingly. Thanks

June 9 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: June 22 Saturday in Jamaica Plain (new) 4:30pm at Integrarte 85 Seaverns Ave July 14 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm August 11 Sunday in Cambridge 4:30pm

June 22 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]

Past events (69)

May 18 CircleSinging in Jamaica Plain (NEW!)

Integrarte

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