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This Saturday in Concert!

LRC Little Piece of SunHi friends!
We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you! Please join us at
Little Piece of Sun
a FREE All-Ages Concert with The Living Room Choir
Saturday, December 8th at 3pm
5th Floor, Art & Music Section
2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley
(near the Downtown Berkeley BART station)
As the dark nights get longer, we find trust, light, and safety in community. Little Piece of Sun is a concert full of songs from around the world that express hope, trust, and safety, even in the midst of a storm.
We are a non-audition choir, focused on practicing harmony both in music and in community. We sing songs of healing, wholeness, and playfulness – we’ve been described as “spirit-lifting” and “joyous”. We have a lot of new and exciting pieces to share at this upcoming concert! All the details can be found on Eventbrite or Facebook; or simply email me with questions.
We can’t wait to see you there –
love and light,
Kaitie Ty and the Living Room Choir

Fall/Winter Session Starts September 6!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

We’re excited to announce our Fall/Winter Season – please join us!

~PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR FALL/WINTER SEASON, BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 6!~

Newcomers are always welcome! No sight-reading necessary.

DATES (all are Thursdays, 7:45-9:15pm at Yoga Kula: 1700 Shattuck Ave)

  • September 6 – Drop In 
  • September 13 – Cumulative Season begins!
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • (NO CHOIR October 11)
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • Saturday, November 17 we’ll be part of the SF SingFest at the Mission Dolores Basilica! The concert is at 8 pm, and the load in time will be between 5pm and 6pm.
  • (NO CHOIR November 22)
  • November 29
  • December 6
  • Saturday, December 8th, at 3pm: FREE CONCERT at the BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY! Call time for singers, 12pm including a lunch break.

Tuition Cost:

Sliding Scales:

  • $25-15 Drop In (September 6 only)
  • $300-180 Full Season (includes September 6)

We don’t want anyone to miss out on singing due to lack of funds. If fees are a barrier, please come talk to us and we’ll make an arrangement that works. Anything within the sliding scale is considered full tuition, and payment plans are available. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards are all accepted forms of payment. Know that, by paying what you can, you help ensure this work is available to everyone who wants to be a part of it!

ALSO:

  • Please come scent free and willing to remove your shoes
  • All ages and backgrounds are welcome
  • No sight reading necessary; everything is taught by call and response
  • We are on the second floor. There is an elevator, which requires a key after hours. Let me know if you need help to access the elevator.
  • Please connect with us on Facebook and help us spread the word!
  • Contact us to be notified by email of future invitations to sing!

~We look forward to singing with you!~

 

The Living Room Choir is the first Bay Area chapter of the international Ubuntu Choir Network, a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song.

Summer Drop Ins happening now!

Hello friends!

~PLEASE JOIN US FOR SUMMER DROP IN OPPORTUNITIES TO SING!~

All are welcome!

The Living Room Choir’s Summer Flurry of Drop-Ins; Come to One Night or All!

DATES (all are Thursdays, 7:45-9:15pm at Yoga Kula: 1700 Shattuck Ave)

  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 19
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 16
  • August 23

COST: No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. The suggested donation a sliding scale. Please pay what you can, knowing that your financial contributions make it possible for us to come together as a community, and that, if you are being financially supported by the community in order to be there, your voice and enthusiasm are your contribution. Everyone’s presence is valuable.

Sliding Scales:

$15-25 per night

or

$45-75 per month

or

$135-225 to sign up for the whole summer

ALSO:

  • Please come scent free and willing to remove your shoes
  • All ages and backgrounds are welcome
  • No sight reading necessary; everything is taught by call and response
  • We are on the second floor. There is an elevator, which requires a key after hours. Let me know if you need help to access the elevator.
  • Please connect with us on Facebook and help us spread the word!
  • Contact us to be notified by email of future invitations to sing!

~We look forward to singing with you!~

 

The Living Room Choir is the first Bay Area chapter of the international Ubuntu Choir Network, a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song.

We’re back!

We had a great first night back for the Summer Drop Ins!

7 brand new people to Living Room Choir, if you include the baby (that’s our second baby!)

Feels so good to be together again…

Join us next week for more! 7:45-9:15pm at Yoga Kula in Berkeley.

Insta-Choir! Just add people! Today at 5pm

15253612_1840344596180716_5823739394859295763_nExcited to have been invited to participate in the San Francisco Free Folk Festival! It goes all day, 12-10pm, but our song circle is at 5! Come check it out – everything is free!

https://sffolkfest.org/

The Living Room Choir

Kaitie Ty Warren, Music 5 – Rm 225 / 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Instant chorus. Lush but easily learned harmonies. Quickly taught call-n-response style. Aural process. No printed music. No musical experience necessary.

Kaitie Ty Warren has been leading singing groups in the Ubuntu style since 2014; in 2016, she completed the certificate program with the Ubuntu Choirs Network. She believes that singing is everyone’s birthright, and values the bonding power of music and harmony, beyond simply making beautiful sounds for beauty’s sake.

 

~MAMA~ A concert for Mother Earth May 12th

Our upcoming concert has just been announced! We hope that, if you’re in the Bay Area, you’ll join us (and, if father away, join us in spirit!)

Mother Nature gives so much to us, this Mother’s Day, we’re taking time to give energy to her (and to all of us who live here on Planet Earth). Ubuntu singing is always community-focused and inclusive of all; this time we’re bringing extra loving attention to the Powers of Nature and the Forces of the Elements as we offer this community gift of songs from across the globe.

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MAMA:

a concert for Mother Earth the day before Mother’s Day
With the Living Room Choir

(The East Bay’s Ubuntu Community Choir)

Seating will be a mix of cushions and chairs. To reserve a chair please purchase your ticket in advance and arrive at least 10 minutes early

We ask you to come scent free and willing to remove shoes
All ages are welcome
$10-20 suggested donation; any amount is appreciated. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The Living Room Choir is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song. Ubuntu choirs are non-audition communities which seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace. www.TheLivingRoomChoir.com

Ubuntu Thoughts

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It’s everyone’s birthright to sing.
More than that, it’s everyone’s birthright to be, and to be in community.
This is a holistic practice, into which the whole person is welcomed. It’s okay to sing here, yes, and it’s also okay to listen, or cry, or lay on the floor, or dance around… it’s okay to move to a different section of the room and sing a different part. It’s okay to try something new, to express more fully, and to be with other people while doing it.

We use music to create this practice, and to create this harmonic experience.
What is a harmonic experience?
Is it about harmony, notes that sound good together?

Absolutely, and we’ll be exploring that because the medium we use for this harmonic experience is music: our channel for this harmony is on the aural spectrum. And we teach by Oral Tradition – voice to voice.
But it’s also about a feeling, of cohesive vibrations and sometimes many layers of color or energy in one space, that don’t interrupt each other. Rather the layers enhance each other, play off each other, and provide an experience that is richer than the sum of the parts. Does harmony mean you can do whatever you want, regardless of what the group is doing? No, of course not. True harmony, both energetically and musically, always requires great listening. Listening both to yourself, and to the others around you.

We are not here only to make music. We are here to be ourselves and be with each other and learn from inside out what more we can bring to the community. Ubuntu means I Am Because We Are – we are all, always, in relation to each other. It’s time to stop running from that as a culture, and to embrace it. By doing this, as the song Humble says, we will lift each other up.

Kaitie Ty Warren

The Living Room Choir, Berkeley CA

http://www.TheLivingRoomChoir.com

December 19, 2017

Passageway of Light: Community Concert on February 4th!

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We’re so excited to announce our community concert coming up Sunday, February 4th! We are inviting all who want to be there to attend; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Thanking Yoga Kula for being our home, giving back to the community through song, and celebrating the opportunity to be on the planet together, this concert celebrates the ways we flank one another as we do the work we need to do, to walk the paths we need to walk.

Come bathe in the harmonies and bright spirits this choir contains for an hour or so on Sunday, and celebrate the end of our Winter Session with us! Info also on our Schedule page. Want to get notifications? Join our email list!

love and light,

The Living Room Choir