We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support and collaboration!
The Ubuntu Choirs Network, its founders Siobhan Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, and all the countless, fearless, creative song leaders and community builders in the Ubuntu community who make this work possible, nourished, and forever delightful.
Kaitie Ty Warren has been directly mentored by the beautiful leadership of Goldenbridge Community Choir, also in the Ubuntu Choirs Network, and its leaders Emile Hassan Dyer and (most especially) Maggie Wheeler, who makes an unreasonably generous amount of time and room in her life to help mentor Kaitie and steer The Living Room Choir in healthy happy directions, even from afar.
We’ve had outstanding workshops with the following Community Choir directors:
Katharine Grant, member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network CCLT class of 2016
Sharon Abreau: Teacher, student, networker, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, producer, activist, healer, worrier, warrior.
Barbara McAfee, Full Voice creator and voice teacher extraordinaire. Barbara came and did a workshop with the choir and other local community members in October, 2017. (We also love singing her songs in our choir.)
Local Musicians we’ve partnered with include:
Evelie Delfino Såles Posch, heartistic director of Heartsongs for Sakina, is a sacred song singer/writer; recording artist; drummer; dancer; Pranic and Certified Sound Healer and Therapist; choral director; storyteller; actress; music educator; and magical activist whose talents span the traditions of her ancestors and the progressive edge of ceremony, world music and dance. She is one of the original members of the Living Room Choir and has contributed beautiful wisdom, songs and assistance.
Arasa Maram, intuitive sounder and authentic voice encourager. Arasa and his partner Sonya create retreat-like spaces for artists of all kinds to play. Arasa joined us with spoken word over one of our chants in our concert Passageway of Light, January 2018.
Yari Mander, song leader and drum teacher extraordinaire, joined us for our concert MAMA, May 2018.
Tony Elman, who has come to lead a song here and there over the years, is one of our favorite returnees. It’s always a treat when Tony visits us and shares an original song or one he’s learned on his travels!
Julieta Cal, singer/songwriter and songleader with Ubuntu in her heart – Julieta has come to play with us, and has already applied for the CCLT Ubuntu Choirs Network! We look forward to hearing more from her! Also known as Jali Moon, check out her Music on Bandcamp.
Ryk Groetchen and the East Bay Community Music Project: Ryk is a long-time local songleader and community builder; through his work and through EBCMP locals of all ages are invited to participate in music, rhythm and movement. Ryk has generously donated interest, time, and many songs to our repertoire. Check out and attend their gatherings sometime!
Lizzie Karr Music : Lizzie is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, dancer, and choreographer. She performed as a guest artist in The Living Room Choir’s concert, Room to Grow, on January 29th before moving to Austin, TX.
“Chip House” and its family, who hosted singing on Thursday nights for over a year before the choir grew to expand beyond the living room walls.
Zhi Dao Guan, The Taoist Center of Oakland: Alex Feng and Charlene Ossler who kindly made their beautiful space available for our first concert, allowing The Living Room Choir to become a reality.
Yoga Kula: Our beautiful current community hosting grounds
The Berkeley Public Library: Librarian Debbie Carton has welcomed The Living Room Choir to sing on the 5th floor of the Berkeley Public Library, the Art&Music section!
Silverado Berkeley Memory Care Community, memory care that provides for residents’ minds, bodies and spirits. To date, the Living Room Choir has sung at Silverado 4 times, and the residents sing along.
Beth El Temple Homeless Dinner, which The Living Room Choir was invited to sing for.
The Orphan Bracelet Campaign
The Orphan Bracelet Campaign (OBC) helps AIDS orphans by equipping their primary caretakers – usually women – with the means to sustain themselves and improve their health.