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Deep Collective Singing Workshop

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The course will be activated with a minimum of 10 participants. Info and reservations by Monday 8 November,

Giancarlo Toniutti
Deep Group Singing Workshop
techniques and strategies
Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning (paragraph 7) (1970)
adapted by Giancarlo Toniutti (2020)

Singing goes back to the very beginning of humankind, group singing starts with the very beginning of society. It is also through the collective
singing that a society unfolds its relational ties, consolidates its own dynamic group structures and develops. Group singing takes place on a
level parallel to the one of the so-called ‘grooming’ rituality (studied by ethologists).
The workshop focuses on the implementation of a sound work of the British experimental composer Cornelius Cardew (The Great Learning,
paragraph 7) and through this collective process it will also bring in techniques and strategies apt to the realisation of collective chants in
Cardew’s composition is based on a series of elementary instructions, which starts from the natural nodes of evolution and self-regulation of
systems (ecosystems, social systems, biophysical systems, dynamic systems etc.) i.e. those spontaneous shifts towards attuning, contrast,
attraction of relational dynamics, and can generate steady and coherent musical forms. Hence we will forge a generative module, which
thereafter you can adapt to other contexts and further realisations within your own reference group.
We will explain and practise performance techniques, able to operate on several levels. On one side by studying concretely the construction of
Cardew’s composition, aimed to its public performance due at the end of the workshop in front of an audience. On the other by proposing
several reflections over natural breathing, singing as a medium of mediation and meditation, the reinforcement of relational dynamics (listening
and practice, emulation and differentiation, use of mutual resonance…) which will constitute its experiential complement.
The workshop is articulated in a first stage introducing experimental music with an anthropological contextualisation of group singing. A second
stage with the study of the composition and its instructions. A third stage with practical exercises and the construction of the composition, by
applying the score-instructions, to be followed by a progressive training of group articulations. And then the final real group rehearsals. To be
concluded with a public performance of at least 1h.
No knowledge of experimental music is necessary, neither of singing, nor any ability in perfect tuning. The composition can be performed by
anyone with a voice.
At least 10 people (the more the better for the final performance).

WHEN: 13th to 15th May 2020
Schedule: Friday 9 – 11 pm, Saturday 3 – 7 pm, Sunday 3 – 5 pm (last rehearsal) and 7 pm public performance.

WITH: Giancarlo Toniutti
AIMED AT WHO: members of Progetto Gaia Terra APS, you can renew or sign the card with 5€ on the day of the workshop

We invite participants to share the daily life of the ecovillage by offering vegan menu meals from organic farming and if you have food intolerances please inform us in time.
For meals and any stay we ask for a contribution of € 6 (per meal) € 15 (accommodation with breakfast)

Giancarlo Toniutti, Udine, 1963, composer and researcher. He’s been active since the late ’70s in experimental electroacoustic music. He studied (Venice Conservatory) with Alvise Vidolin, electronic music course, 1982-1985. He works with sound matter and its morphogenetic articulation. He has composed several electroacoustic sound works, released on vinyls and cd’s and distributed worldwide, performed several quadraphonic live concerts and created sound-sites in much of Europe. He has dedicated his life also to researches in anthropology, morphology, linguistics, musical theory etc. with publications in journals and books, and in lectures, lessons and workshops (England, Estonia, Scotland, Italy…).