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English National Opera's
new production
of "Lost Highway"


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Johan Strauss' opera
"Die Fledermaus"



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"He's the Caruso of the avant-garde"
[High Performance]

"Alien love-songs meet Bo Diddley, John Coltrane and Maria Callas- that's one way of describing a David Moss concert." [The Village Voice]

“The singer David Moss is cantorial, David Byrne-ish, Beat-cool, raving post-Berio in the mad gabble of the city.”
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David Moss Voice Workshops:

August 4-6: Linz, Austria, as part of the “Academy of the Impossible”, Linz 2009 (www.linz09.at/impossible)

November 5: Utrecht, Netherlands, as part of Yo! Opera Festival 2009 (www.yo-opera.nl)

November 24-26: Hamburg, Germany, as part of the Klangwerktage Festival (www.klangwerktage.de)

Nov. 28 – Dec. 6: Gent, Belgium, as part of the Institute for Living Voice, session #13,
at Vooruit Art Center (www.instituteforlivingvoice.be)


WORKSHOPS led by DAVID MOSS

David Moss has led workshops since 1977. Since 2001 he has led a workshop in each session of the Institute for Living Voice,  www.Instituteforlivingvoice.be, of which he is artistic director.

He offers workshops for musicians, percussionists, dancers, singers, actors, choreographers, theater directors, performers, visual artists, professionals, amateurs, corporations, business executives, and to people who love and/or are afraid, to sing!


Six different workshops are listed below:

A. Workshops for performers

1. Together Before Jumping:

  • How do you sing a solo?
  • How do time, timing, intensity, attack, intimacy, eccentricity, personal history, ego, silence, objects, physicality, gestures, words, sounds, memory, songs and tactile senses connect you to the moment of singing?
  • Do you understand your memory; the memory of the audience?
  • Where is performance power to be found?
  • What happens with "time"?
  • What is the relationship of solo work to group work?

Focusing on these questions each participant will make & perform a 3-minute voice solo by the end of the 3-5-day workshop

Open to singers and non-singers, performers of all kinds; some performance experience necessary;

maximum: 15 people

Duration: 3-5 days, 3-4 hours/day

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2. THE MOMENT OF MUSIC
A VOCAL workshop for PERFORMERS

  • How do you make a performance? How do time, timing, intensity, attack, intimacy, eccentricity, personal history, ego, musical history, rhythm, physicality, gestures, sounds, memory, songs and senses connect you to the moment of making an improvisation?
  • What is a duet? Who is the leader, the follower? How do you transfer information while you improvise?
  • Do you understand your memory; the memory of your audience?
  • What do you do when you don't know what to do?
  • Where is performance power to be found?
  • What happens with "time"?
  • What is the relationship of solo work to duo work; group work?
  • What is your relationship to your audience?
  • How do you structure/shape time and space? when you are alone on stage!
  • What sound/performance relationships are possible with another performer?
  • What is possible/impossible with your voice?
We will work together in small groups to develop the passion and surprise of personal improvisation.

Each musician will build a vocabulary of 3 solo pieces and 3 duo pieces.

If desired, as the finale of the workshop, the group can make a performance presentation of its work.


Maximum size of workshop = 20

To take part in the workshop, some instrumental, vocal, or performance experience is necessary; participants will use their voices; prior experience with improvisation is not necessary, but helpful.

Workshop duration: 3-4 hours/day; 4-7 days

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3. "The Vocal Sense":
A Workshop for dancers and choreographers

  • using the voice as a movement tool
  • the voice as a muscle and memory
  • songs and personal rhythms for the dancer
  • developing new voices for theatrical work
  • creating the emotional voice
  • singing personal songs
  • songs as story-telling
  • researching/understanding theatrical roles in the human voice
  • the voice as soloist, ensemble-member, song-maker, improviser, composer
  • inventing vocal languages
  • improvisation as a composition/choreographic tool

NO vocal experience necessary; NO instruments (other than your voice) will be used. This workshop is extremely participatory!

Duration: 5-10 days; 3-4 hours/day

Limit: 20 participants

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4. VOCAL VISTAS for THEATER: an intensive workshop for actors, directors

  • developing new voices for theater work
  • building vocal strength & creating the emotional voice
  • singing personal songs
  • songs as story-telling
  • researching/understanding theatrical roles in the human voice
  • inventing vocal languages
  • extending the sound-palette
  • developing improvisation as a vocal tool
  • thinking about texture, timbre, surprise, architecture

Open to directors, actors, theater performers, singers, composers, non-musicians, dancers;
no musical experience necessary; no instruments (other than your voice) will be used.

This work will be developed using the story "Josephine the Singer" by Franz Kafka, and texts from Italo Calvino as a textural/structural base.

This workshop is extremely participatory!

Limit: 16 participants

Duration: 2-5 days; 2-3 hours per day.

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B. Workshops Open to All

5. The 7th Sense

The voice is a combination of muscles, air, passion, mind. And singing is the delicate but sharp vocal dance of surprise and desire that can take us out of our bodies. Here we work on shaping melody, carving a solo, caressing a tone, plus ways to energize a texture, taste the next note, and inhabit your voice.

Over 3 days each participant creates, develops and performs their own vocal sound-story, in solo, duo, and ensemble work.

The 7th Sense is for singers, non-singers, actors, musicians, composers, artists, architects, dancers.

Max. 14 participants

Duration: 3-5 days; 3-4 hours/day

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6. 1000 ways to touch a Drum

  • exploring rhythms/textures as soloist, ensemble-member, beat-maker;
  • inventing new instruments;
  • extending the sound-palette of normal drums;
  • the drum as melody;
  • the drum as beat;
  • thinking about texture, timbre, surprise, architecture, the uses of silence, density
  • non-metered rhythms;
  • the physicality of drumming ("using the whole body");
  • the drummer as "song-maker";
  • singing & drumming (!!!)

Open to drummers, percussionists, musicians of all kinds, composers, non-musicians, artists, dancers; bring your favorite drum or percussion instrument (or object that you can hit/attack/caress).

This workshop is extremely participatory!

Limit: 25 participants.

Two types of workshop are available:

  • Workshop A: 5 workshop days of 3 hours each; workshop performance at end of week.

  • Workshop B: 2-3 workshop days of 2 hours each; no performance.

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