Vocal Workshop Hilden Impressions

What was going to happen was this: we (my voice coach colleague Manfred Billmann and myself) were going to do our damnedest to help the participants of this workshop have a fabulous time expressing themselves through singing, AND putting a show together after three (!!!) days. The participants were game! We warmed up, warmed up some more, worked on many solo performances and a group piece, and, in the end, did our show at the Blue Note in Hilden. The show ended on a high note, with just about everybody in the room singing and dancing along. And then we slept. (Oh, and by the way, the rakish fella with the red guitar is the mastermind behind the whole thing: Axel Fischbacher!)

If any of the participants would like me to add their foto to the blog drop me a line, and I'll do so. (Photos by Harald W. Degener)

New Year Vocal Jazz Workshop

Well, this was a good start into the New Year! From January 4th through January 6th, thirty-odd vocalists gathered in the small town of Hilden, located on the outskirts of Duesseldorf, to sing, swing, have fun and possibly explore their boundaries and ways to overcome them. I can attest to the fun having been had, to an intense work ethic and willingness of the participants to engage with myself and fellow voice coach Manfred Billmann, to cheer each other on and push themselves just a little bit further than what might be comfortable.

It was a rare, amiable group that we had the great fortune to work with, and I watched with great pride as the participants put on a really well rounded show on the evening of day three, at the Blue Note in Hilden.

Thanks again to the lovely people who sang, played in the two fabulous bands, to Manfred Billmann and, of course, the puppet master in the background, Axel Fischacher, for three intense, inspiring and fun days of music.

Happy 2012, looking forward to the 2013 workshop! (Will post a couple of photos once they are available)