Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell
Experience the power of voice and the beauty of collective song with our very special guest, Dr Ysaye Maria Barnwell. Hailing from Washington DC in the United States, Dr. Barnwell appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock as well as other artists. Her workshop “Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition” has during the past twenty-eight years, been conducted on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, a model of pedagogy for educators and cultural activists.
Her message is clear and passionate, “Our voices activate every cell in our bodies
and so running those vibrations through our bodies changes us … usually for the
better.” She goes on to say “There is an awesome power in the human voice, and
when uncommon voices are blended for a shared goal we become a community
of individuals absorbed in a shared communal experience.”
Dr Barnwell will lead her Building a Vocal Community® workshops at the 2019
Big Sing as well as offer a presentation on “Spirituals.”
For more information about Dr. Barnwell, visit her website.