San Francisco Free Folk Festival – Online this year!

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San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Online this year!
Run by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

Offers:

SongCircle: Living Room Choir

Kaitie Ty Warren
5:00 – 6:00pm PST
Saturday, June 13, 2020
FREE OF CHARGE

Live on Zoom on Festival Day!  Pre-registration required.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuc-yprTMpH9bzQ2bsNjmhD7rke8fi5pZH .

Insta-choir: just add people, and make a musical community online! Living Room Choir uses simple yet lush harmonies to build the teaching of songs, live, over Zoom, and create a communal experience using music as a vehicle. Leader Kaitie Ty Warren teaches original songs, as well as songs from around the world, in the oral tradition – no musical experience necessary! – and although we will mostly be muted (since Zoom won’t allow us to sing in sync) we will be psychically and visually connected through song. Come with an open mind and be ready to sing, dance and/or listen in harmonic community; all ages welcome.

Kaitie Ty Warren has been leading Living Room Choir and communal singing workshops since 2014. She is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, an international web of choirs that believes it’s everybody’s birthright to sing. She writes original songs and also teaches folk songs from around the world, continually studying in a worldwide network of songleaders to pursue integrity and accuracy when teaching songs from other cultures. She had tremendous respect for music as a community vehicle, and believes in inclusivity and diversity in musical practice. During shelter-in-place, she continues her community building song-centered workshops and Living Room Choir online.

 sffolkfest.org/events-2020/songcircle-living-room-choir/

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Summer Session (Online) begins Thursday!

Choir Sessions – Online!

Check out this great Highlights Video from our Spring 2020 Session, after it moved onto Zoom!

9 Week Summer Session:
June-July on Thursday Evenings

Perhaps now more than ever,
being part of a caring community to regularly experience life together through music, dance, and fellowship is imperative to our well-being.
Singing is also great for your health – it boosts your immune system, lung capacity and more!

We have found, in the Spring Session (which started in-person before COVID-19 hit) the importance of having a weekly, joyful practice together.

So as we move into the Summer, Living Room Choir continues to offer weekly gatherings, now online!

Come be part of this fantastic musical community!

Thursdays 7-8:30pm PST
On Zoom

June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30

Cost:
The full cost for 9 weeks is on a sliding scale: $180-270
Reduced cost for those who need it: $135

If you are under extreme financial hardship due to COVID or any other reason please contact me and let me know what you can contribute for the session.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Ways to Pay:

You must enroll in order to receive the Zoom link.
You can enroll either by sending payment or by emailing me.
Please do so before Thursday afternoon, June 4th, to ensure I have time to get you the link*.

*Yes, it’s okay to join the following week if you miss the first!

About Living Room Choir Online:

Living Room Choir is a culture of joy, stress-reduction, and meaningful connection with self and others.

Living Room Choir uses simple yet lush harmonies to build the teaching of songs, live, over Zoom, and create a communal experience using music as a vehicle.

We practice harmony in community while practicing harmony in song.

Leader Kaitie Ty Warren teaches original songs, as well as songs from around the world, in the oral tradition. No sight reading or musical experience necessary. You will receive recorded teaching tracks of many of the songs we practice, so that you can sing along at home between rehearsals.

Although we will mostly be muted as a group (since Zoom won’t allow us to sing in sync) we will still be psychically and visually connected through song.

We are part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, an international choirs community which believes its everybody’s birthright to sing.

Come with an open mind and be ready to sing, dance and/or listen in harmonic community.

All ages and newcomers are always welcome – no musical experience necessary.
Join us!

~We look forward to singing with you!~

Info from the SPRING HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO above:

Featured songs:
Vamudara – a Shona story song
Vocal Improv – Roy Willey
One Day (We Will Gather Together) – Sara Stutz
Be Open – Debbie Nargi-Brown
Vocal Improv – Kaitie Ty Warren
Hineini Chant – Kaitie Ty Warren
Bambelela – a Zulu children’s song
Surrender – Kaitie Ty Warren
Angel Wash – Aimee Ringle and Mia Kelley, Rafe Pearlman and Saphir Lewis
All the featured audio you’re hearing in this video is either Kaitie Ty Warren, Living Room Choir during previous sessions, or the guest artists Roy Willey and Debbie Nargi-Brown, live over Zoom. This is how it sounds in “real life” when we practice together on Zoom.

Song Village Sampler this Sunday!

All are welcome!

Song Village Sampler

Sunday, May 17, 2-4pm Pacific Time, online!

Join 16 song leaders from up and down the west coast in a very special 2-hour songfest. Although we can’t meet in person for the weekend-long Song Village, that will not stop us from meeting!

Song Village is usually held as a weekend-long camping trip in the Santa Cruz mountains; I am delighted that, despite covid precautions, it’s not deleted completely, but instead will be represented in this online form. And I’m delighted to be one of the song leaders!

All the events details be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-song-village-sampler-tickets-103153139818

We’ll see you there!

 

We Sing Again!

Another Drop In happens this week, Thursday February 13th!

It’s the last Drop In before the Spring Session is officially underway – so if you want to “just check it out,” this is the perfect time!

Click HERE for all the details! We hope to see you there.

Hugs,

Living Room Choir

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.