I’ll bet you SING in the SHOWER. Or in your car when NOBODY’s LISTENING? Maybe you LOVE to sing, but you have some worries about whether the people around you love it quite so much. Or maybe singing is your life’s work… so you’ve lost some of the pleasure that comes with singing JUST FOR FUN. And, you hate to admit it but STILL you don’t always have total confidence in your own voice. Ssshhhh… Whatever your story, The Soundproof Room is a place for you. What is the Soundproof Room? The Soundproof Room is a voice improvisation meet-up. We were originally founded in Berkeley, CA, and we how hold events in Philadelphia. For "class" events, we welcome all people, from professionally trained singers to total beginners, to join in the fun. For "troupe" events, we are gathering a tribe of experienced singers, voice-workers and sound healers to perform together this year. Our goals are to connect as a community, find healing through music, expand ourselves personally, and to enjoy playing with sound. What do you do in The Soundproof Room? At the Soundproof Room we make music on the spot. That means, every week is a little bit different. What happens depends a lot on who shows up. What I CAN promise is that we will follow these basic GROUNDRULES: • We use only voice in our improvisation. Because everybody has a voice, everyone is considered an equal player. • We are curious about our own voices (how they sound, what they can do) and we explore what’s possible, rather than judge good, bad, right or wrong. • We respect one another. We listen to one another. We collaborate. • We don’t compare ourselves to others. Rather we celebrate what we enjoyed about each composition, and each person’s contribution, especially our own. • We believe in the healing power of sound vibration. We use sound to express our feelings, empathize with one another, and unlock our potential. • We welcome all kinds of emotions and expressions (except for those that may offend others in the group). • We try new things that we’ve never tried before, and hold space for one another to grow. Here are some examples of the exercises we do: Open the Voice - Making long vowel sounds to warm up the voice. Moving from one shared tone to harmony. Sensing the impact of the sound in your body, and attuning to the group. Call and Response - Taking turns leading call and response of long tones, with a drone as a unifying background noise. Expressing emotion through sound. Empathizing with the caller. Medicine Melody - Supporting one participant in singing a simple, spontaneously created melody. Experimenting with accompaniment and harmony. Sending healing vibrations to ourselves and others. Three-Part Circle Improv - Creating an improvised composition with several parts. Building on the musical theme of another participant. Practicing “stepping in” to an ongoing composition. Make a Composition for a single Rasa (Emotion) - Using a single emotion word as a prompt, creating a collective sound or composition represents that feeling. Capturing the essence of emotion through music. Sound like fun? Come join us for an event!