Women’s Song Circle with Deborah Leeds this week!

Come sing this week with Living Room Choir member Deborah Leeds! Deborah has been training as a song leader with the fabulous Heather Houston and has helped lead and anchor songs with Living Room Choir for 3.5 years!

From Deborah:
“There are ten levels of prayer, and above them is Song.”
 – Hasidic teaching via Naomi Levy

Dear Friends,

I love that quote! It validates something that I think many of us feel in our bones. What’s more is that which is sacred, that occurs effortlessly when we come together to sing in circle: connection, support and kinship, the raising of vibration, and the depth and fun that is the nature of women coming together.
 
I am so pleased to announce and invite you to my first Women’s Song Circle. 
Thursday, January 9th, 7:15 – 8:45
Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe Avenue, El Cerrito
 
Please bring an item for our group altar. This can be something that represents a part of you that you would like to see grow in this new year. Or perhaps a part of you that would like some loving attention or healing. Or an object that holds an energy that you would like to see reflected back to you as we sing. You need not worry about explaining it to anyone. Just bring something that has meaning to you 🙂
 
Feel free to share this with other women who might be interested in joining us.
 
*Please RSVP to me at deborahbellleeds@me.com so that I can set a place for you in our circle.
*Please come scent-free.
This is a New Year’s gift offering, and an expression of my joy in singing together, with gratitude to you for coming!
 
Wishing you ease and goodness and joy in the New Year.

Registration Opens January 24th for Retreat in August!

Registration opens January 24th for the

Sisters in Harmony Summer Retreat

A women’s singing retreat at the stunning Om Oasis Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains

with Heather Houston, MaMuse, Becky Reardon, Debbie Nargi Brown, Amanda West and Kaitie Ty Warren !

  • August 7 -9, 2020 (Registration opens in January 2020)

Immerse your self in sacred sisterhood, song, yoga, meditation, ritual, nature, saltwater pool, hot tubs and saunas. We’ll be singing altogether in one big group the entire weekend! Fill your cup with songs that open your heart and uplift your spirit!

Food: Organic, locally sourced, vegetarian, gluten free meals.

Lodging – Camping, glamping, yurts, cabins, and tree houses are available. Some shared, some singles.

Visit HeatherHoustonMusic.com/Retreats for more information and to register.

Update for Tonight

Due to the winter cold that’s been going around, I’m going to sit out Te’s song circle tonight. It will still be happening though, and Te is a great songleader – so if you were planning on going, I recommend still going! She said to tell you she will be very excited to see you if you’re able to make it. (And we’re talking about co-leading sometime in January or February instead.)

See you then!

Songs of Strength in SF this Sunday!

Kaitie Ty  will be co-leading with Te Martin this coming Sunday:

Songs of Strength in San Francisco with Te Martin!

Sunday December 22, 5-7pm

Herchurch in San Francisco – click the link above to see map and more details!

Join us this month for a special song-circle co-led by Te Martin (Songs of Strength) & Kaitie Ty Warren (Living Room Choir).

We’ll teach simple, oral tradition songs, call-and-response style.

Come with your joy, come with your grief, come to share, come to listen, come to sing, come for calm. All are welcome. No singing experience necessary.

$5-15 donations welcome; no one turned away

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This is an explicitly antiracist, queer-friendly, trans-affirming space. As we work to undo the structures white supremacy, POC, TRANS, & QUEER voices are welcomed and prioritized.

We acknowledge that this song circle is held on Rumaytush Ohlone land. 10% of all donations will go to the Shuumi Land Tax, supporting Segorea Te’ Land Trust, an urban, indigenous, women-led land trust in the east bay.

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Te Martin believes that Song is a collaborator in healing earth and creating resilient communities. She has been leading community song circles for the past two years, is an organizer of the Thrive Street Choir, and recently completed an apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center. Her music is available on SoundCloud.

https://soundcloud.com/temartinmusic
https://www.facebook.com/ThriveStreetChoir/

Kaitie Ty Warren is passionate about waking people up to the joyful potential in their bodies, voices, and connections with others. Practicing harmony in music, Kaitie creates inclusive spaces to explore where harmony can be found in community as well. She teaches group speech classes for people with Parkinson’s; leads the Living Room Choir in El Cerrito; offers private lessons for all-things-voice; composes music and writes prose; performs and records; and is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network – an international community that believes it’s everybody’s birthright to sing. Visit www.KaitieTyWarren.com to learn more.

Tending the Spark: our winter concert approaches!

Our Winter Concert Approaches! Don’t miss it!

~Tending the Spark of Hope~
a concert of light, levity, and love
Saturday December 14th
7pm

  • $20/no one turned away for lack of funds
  • at The Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe, El Cerrito
  • Nearst BART Station is El Cerrito Plaza
  • All ages welcome
  • The space is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Please arrive scent-free
  • connect with the event on Facebook and tell your friends all about it! Our community grows best by word of mouth.

We are looking for a few volunteers to work the door! You would need to arrive at 6pm and stay through the end of the concert. You will gain free admission and an Ubuntu Bracelet as thanks! Please contact us with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line if you’re interested.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Full Flyer:

Tending the Spark Flyer

 

SF SingFest Next Week! and Save the Date for our Winter Concert!

We are so excited to participate in the SF SingFest coming up next week!

Choirs Unite! FREE SF SingFest at Mission Dolores Basilica

Sat, Nov 16, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mission Dolores Basilica
Join us in celebrating community singing at the historic Mission Dolores Basilica. Hear the sonorous and beautiful sounds of five Bay Area community-based choirs including: The Calling All Choir, Oakland Interfaith Community Choir, Vocal Art Ensemble, The Living Room Choir, and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. Bring family and friends and enjoy a unique night of music! Starts at 8pm – doors open at 7:30. The SF SingFest is a project of The Chromatic Community Music Center.
Free and donations are welcome!

Plus:

Winter Concert Saturday December 14th, 7pm at the Grace Lutheran Church in El Cerrito!

Save the Date – details coming soon!

We can’t wait to sing with you!

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Karly Loveling Workshop, Monday Sept 23!

The fabulous songleader Karly Loveling will be in the Bay Area for one night! Come sing with us!

Kaitie and Karly trained together at the Ubuntu Choirs Network Community Choir Leadership Training in 2016, and they’ve been songleading sisters ever since!

Karly Loveling has a passion for bringing heart and song together in harmony. She lives and leads Community Singing in Eugene, OR through Singing Heart Choir and the Hummingbirds Girls Choir, as well as bringing her spirit and skills to gatherings such as Singing Alive and Song Village. She’s known for holding space and singing for her own joy and sanity, community building, growing girls, women’s circles, babies, dying friends, people grieving, and anyone who will listen or join in. Her songs are delightful and her presence is a treat.

Kaitie and Karly will co-lead this one-night workshop. Both women are committed to building COMMUNITY THROUGH SONG, and teach songs that include everyone in a fun, playful, full-hearted way. All ages are always welcome.

ALL voices are welcome; no musical experience necessary! There will be no sightreading – everything is taught by oral tradition. Sliding Scale $20-40; No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please arrive scent-free. Please RSVP and share this event with your friends!

Monday, September 23rd, 7-9pm. Grace Lutheran Church, 15 Santa Fe, El Cerrito CA.

Come play!

Last Drop-In of the Summer!

Last drop-in, tomorrow night!

August 29th, 7-8:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe, El Cerrito.

$30-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Please come scent-free.

No sight-reading necessary!

After that we will take a two week break and return on September 19th for our Fall Session! Stay tuned for more announcements next week.

See you there!

Recharge your Soul Batteries by Singing with Te Martin, Aaron Johnson, Deborah Leeds, and me! Plus, Fall Schedule Preview!

In this time of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty within our culture, it seems to be all the more important that we continue to gather as community, and sing. Much research has been done about the medical benefits of singing – and those benefits augment when singing in a group. Personally I have found singing in a group to be one of the most uplifting, healing, and healthy practices I have found on the planet. That’s no understatement.

We have some AMAZING guest and co-leaders coming up this month. This week I am out of town but choir sings on …

This Thursday, 8/8, we have Te Martin leading!

Theresa “Te” Martin believes that Song is a collaborator in healing earth and resisting empire. She lives on Coast Miwok land at Green Gulch Farm, is an organizer of the Thrive Street Choir, the Assistant Director of Music As Medicine Project, and a songleader at herchurch. She has been leading community song circles around the country for the past two years, is a bicycle enthusiast, and a lover of all things circus. Her music is available on SoundCloud.


The following Thursday, 8/15, we will have Deborah Leeds co-leading!
Deborah is a beloved and enthusiastic Living Room Choir member who over the years has deepened her involvement musically, even leading a song here and there for previous concerts. She recently completed a songleader’s training with the fabulous Heather Houston in Santa Cruz, and co-leading the Living Room Choir this month will be an opportunity to debut some of her newfound skills! We can’t wait to see (and hear) what she will bring.

Thursday 8/22 will feature Aaron Johnson as co-leader! Aaron Johnson is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist, who has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism. Visit his website for more.


And then, Thursday 8/29, it will be Kaitie Ty Warren (me) leading the Living Room Choir, before we take a short break and resume for our FALL SESSION!


Living Room Choir meetings happen on

  • Thursday Nights, 7-8:30pm
  • At the Grace Lutheran Church 15 Santa Fe Ave, El Cerrito CA (bordered by Kensington and Albany)
  • $30-20 sliding scale per drop-in
  • Please come scent-free
  • Invite your friends – no musical experience is necessary!
STAY TUNED for another email detailing the upcoming Fall Session!
Fall rehearsals happen mid-September through mid-December, following the same Thursday night schedule. It will culminate in a concert the weekend of December 14th.
I can’t wait to sing with you! Please tell anyone and everyone you know who you think needs more singing in their lives – they are welcome.
love and light,
Kaitie Ty

Evelie joins us tomorrow!

Original choir member Evelie Delfino Såles Posch will join us as co-leader tomorrow, Thursday 7/18! Evelie gave us some of our favorite songs during our very first session, and we’re excited to have her back for an evening, co-leading with Kaitie Ty Warren!

Join us Thursday 7/18, 7-8:30pm, 15 Santa Fe (Grace Lutheran Church) to sing and play with us ❤ $30-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. Please come scent-free.
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Evelie Delfino Såles Posch is a sacred song singer/writer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/storyteller, recording heartist, choral and ensemble director, music educator, yogini, Babaylan, Pranic/Shamanic healing practitioner, Certfied Sound Healer/Therapist, Intuitive Coach, directs Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ens. {KSME ~ has performed for Burning Man, Carnaval Zona Verde, The BIG One Eco-fest, Harmony Fest, Himalayan Fair, Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful}, Mahal EthnoFusion Music, Merry Minstrels holiday music, Zingara Brasilian jazz.

Evelie sings in 33 languages/dialects in genres ranging from classical to ecstatic to improvisational.