Sing with Family...
When I suspended the Voiceweaving Meetup site this month I decided to share posts here for my fellow Voiceweavers. The song below was created in 2016 with my friend, Izetta Smith, with whom I've been singing since 1971.
It has been a remarkable experience to maintain a musical relationship for almost 50 years with Izetta; we first sang together in Portland's legendary Storefront Theater. Through the years we've made time to come together and play - for that is what improvisation is at its heart - musical play through which we continue to learn and discover.
As we navigate this period of social isolation I encourage you to sing, play and explore at home - by yourself or with your partners, housemates and children. Here's a simple partner game to begin your improvisational journey. If you click the card below, you can listen to an audio sample of this game.
I translated this post into a little movie...
with a noisy guest appearance at the end:
can you guess what it is? Hope you Enjoy!
Folks often ask me - "How can I create my own melodies?"
Tuesday, May 21st - from 4-8pm, is the last day to view this beautiful exhibit.
The exhibit is at Cerimon House and features images of Nature Spirits of the Pacific Northwest by multi-disciplinary artist, David Vala. The exhibit also features ten Northwest Environmental Organizations who gift us with their work in environmental restoration, community action and climate change mitigation. Please join us Tuesday, May 21st to view this exhibit!
Cerimon House - 5131 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR
As I was curating a recent exhibit at Cerimon House, the artist, David Vala, shared a Mac app he has just discovered called Scopeworks. Using it, I created this little movie from photos of a cluster of peonies and ranunculus in a bouquet created by Portland floral artist Hilary Horvath.
Monday Drop-in Sessions happening this Spring, March - May. Find out more HERE or, if you like, download the flier HERE.
In December, 2018 I came upon this archival film posted by the Oregon Historical Society in 2017. Portland's own Elaine Velazquez made this short film commissioned by the National Organization for Women in the mid-1970's. It captures a moment in 'Portland time' when my friends and I were finding and defining our paths as artists and activists. Elaine and her partner Barbara Bernstein have gone on to create many powerful works of socially relevant art, and each of the women featured in this film has continued, in her own way, to contribute as artist/activist through the years. It's important to encourage each other, and those subtle to brilliant shades of storytelling that reveal our humanness and remind us that stories are interwoven in the DNA of our beings. Stories can be false, misleading, destructive and separate us by fearful, angry means, and stories can intrigue, delight, unite, inform and inspire us to act for the common good. The latter are the kind of stories I want learn to from, create, and share. How about you?
Robin is a Portland, OR native who's lived long enough to remember the transformative era