Group Classes for Adults
Singing The Blues - with Mara Kaye
“A storyteller's approach to singing the blues”
Visiting Brooklyn blues queen Mara Kaye will be teaching a four session class on singing and interpreting the blues.
She'll cover form and style, finding your own voice, and delivering the songs' stories from the heart.
4 Saturdays in November:
11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30
10:30am - 12:00pm
My first goal in approaching this workshop is to provide an open, safe & warm environment where everyone feels free to explore their songs and voices; without judgment.
The class will begin with a Vocal warm-up, getting comfortable on our breath, in our bodies and in the space together. We will then spend a few minutes listening to and learning select tunes of some of the greatest blues singers of our time. Using some legendary work as our guide allows us a deeper understanding of why telling the story through song is imperative for expression and connection.
I encourage participants to come prepared with at least one tune in mind, blues or jazz, to work through in class. Being memorized and familiar with the material beforehand is a helpful step in allowing us to explore the song in a productive way. That being said, I implore you to choose tunes based on your connection to the story of the song rather than how you think you sound singing it.
When choosing a song, ask yourself...
What is the song about?
Who are you talking to?
What is your goal in singing the song?
What is your story? :)
In singing The Blues, we will look at our own timing, technique and tone, note choice and delivery, as well.
Now, given the deeply personal quality of blues singing, there could be no true method for learning the blues, so I ask you:
What do the blues mean to you?
How do they make you feel?
What are your blues?
Where do you feel them?
Does it hit a certain spot in your body when you feel them, hear them, play them, sing them?
Can you visualize different colors with sounds and vibrations?
What moves you?
What moments, events, people, experiences have affected and contributed to your human revolution?
Singing the song in a way that is unique to us as a means to communicate and connect is truly the goal with this class.
Tim McNalley will accompany the class on guitar.
$100 for 4 class sessions ($25 / class).
This class is open to singers of all levels!
“Mara Kaye is that rare cross-species phenomenon, a Blues Amphibian. When others "sing the blues" as if offering an unusual small plate at the tapas bar, Mara has so immersed herself in the idiom that she goes down to the bottom and doesn't need air until the show is over. She's a modernist rather than a museum piece: her creations can be darkly mournful, savagely vengeful, or gleefully erotic, but they are always leavened with Brooklyn spice. Think 1928 Bessie Smith or 1937 Billie Holiday leavened with street smarts. Her heart is in her music, and there is no pretense, no distance, as audiences from here to Russia, at Joe's Pub and Brooklyn dives have found out.”
- Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
Permission to Perform - with Jillian Bourdon
This class integrates simple movement, breathing, and meditation practices with a focus on overcoming psychological blockages and inhibitions about singing and performing in front of others. Drawing from yogic teachings developed over thousands of years, these techniques will help students safely drop more deeply into the flow of their experience, accessing more vulnerable and authentic creative self-expression.
No previous experience with yoga needed.
Feel free to bring your own mat; otherwise mats and all props will be provided.
7:00pm - 8:00pm
1st Wednesday of the month
$20 drop in
@ North Park Voice Studio
Starts Wednesday, October 2nd
Jillian Bourdon, M.Ed., RYT-200 is a psychology and yoga teacher living in San Diego.