As a beekeeper, I had this little Bee Chant buzzing around my hive and my imagination. When I discovered the beautiful Wander Poem ascribed to the Buddha, I decided they were made for each other. Then they needed company, so I added the Bird, the Fish, and the Spider. May we all take the essence of life without destroying its beauty or ourselves.
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The idea that sound goes on forever, and that any sound we make is in the universe forever, is something to deeply consider in these controversial times.
I was born in Switzerland and came to the US at age 4. I was sent to a nursery school where all the children were communicating with each other in strange sounds that I had never heard.
These videos feature CRANKIES – films on paper – created and sung by students from the Global Village Project, Decatur GA.
Special thanks to Sam Bartlett for Cranky consultation, Pine Street Market for the butcher paper, James Tolmach for the beautifully crafted wooden Cranky, Mick Kinney for original cranky designs and innovations, and Susan Lightcap for artistic guidance!!
Elise and the Global Village Project, along with Ecuadoran/New Orleans performance artist José Torres-Tama,are featured in this article for Public, a Journal of Imagining America, exploring higher education and public engagement.
For the past 40 years, Alternate ROOTS has been a champion of, and resource for, artists, cultural workers, and progressive movement builders in the southern United States. In this article, Nicole Gurgel interviews two longtime ROOTS members—Elise Witt and José Torres-Tama—and explores these artists’ responses to the global challenges the Deep South is facing.
In music, a tuning fork is a classic vibratory instrument providing true pitch, used as a guide to all other tonal relationships. In life, it is Elise Witt.
Born in Switzerland to survivors of Nazi Germany, raised in North Carolina, Elise makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Speaking fluent Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English and singing in more than a dozen languages, Elise’s passion for music and language has carried her around the nation and across the seas. “My work and my life are all about sound,” says the multi-instrumentalist and longtime member of the Children’s Music Network.
My friend Masankho Banda told me that in Malawi to greet each other, they say, “I see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart.” At the Global Village Project, this inspired a song weaving a multi-lingual musical collage of greetings from each of our cultures. Here is a performance by the Global Village Chorus at the release concert for my CD We’re All BORN SINGING. We are joined by Brien Engel on Mbira (southern african thumb piano).
The first song on my new CD “We’re All BORN SINGING” explores my fascination with sound and language. Musings on how we hear, listen and learn, are sung over Vocables by the wonderful Becky Reardon, and interspersed with my take on Late Night Short Wave Radio segments featuring some of my Global Village Project students …
My song “Amoeba” won a Silver Award at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, awarded by the Songwriters Association of Washington!
The first OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO My Salsa Garden from Elise Witt’s We’re All BORN SINGING. Film directed, edited and filmed by Jessica Lily.
From the Archives at The Children’s Music Network: Thank You by Elise Witt. “Thank You” was written during a residency at Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta GA. My students spoke 40 different languages among them, and we all shared the way our culture says “thank you.”
Lake Claire neighbors know Elise for her Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ community singing classes and workshops, which she has taught in our neighborhood since she moved to Atlanta in 1977 as a founding member of the Theatrical Outfit. Currently, Elise is teaching at the Candler Park Yoga Studio, and the next 6-week session runs Monday evenings 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Oct. 12 – Nov. 23.
“We’re All Born Singing:” that’s the name of a new CD and book from Atlanta-area composer and singer Elise Witt. It’s also her paradigm as a music educator. Witt will officially launch her album with a concert at Decatur’s Oakhurst Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, but she gave Amy Kiley a preview. Witt began by explaining how she herself was born singing.
“My voice is my sword,” says Atlanta singer/songwriter Elise Witt, who celebrates the release of her 12th CD with a concert at Oakhurst Baptist Church on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. “I think this is my most activist album yet.”
Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Elise Witt has spent her entire adult life making a living as a singer. Those with deep Atlanta roots will remember her band from the ’80s, Elise Witt and the Small Family Orchestra, a staple act at community events and social justice demonstrations.
Join us on Thurs. Oct. 1st @ Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur GA to celebrate the release of “We’re All BORN SINGING,” my new CD & Book!
Elise Witt is the recipient of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, which acknowledges artistic expression of a person or group that is using their talent to build bridges of understanding between diverse communities. The award recognizes Elise’s work traveling around the world using music and song to create harmony among people of different cultures and ethnicities, and also recognizes her work at the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls, using singing to learn English and to stimulate creativity, inspire self confidence, and create community.
Current GVP students and alums are joined by students from Academe of the Oaks and drummers Amy Jackson and Cindy Stark Reid from Conundrums to sing “Break the Silence” at Atlanta City Hall Atrium for One Billion Rising 2015. … Read More …
Published by Alternate ROOTS Online Journal. The first bone to develop in a baby is the Earbone. The last sense we lose before passing from this life is the sense of sound. Babies are born with all sounds, and to learn the language spoken around them, they eliminate the sounds they don’t need. … Read More …
Inspiring concerts with Terry Garthwaite & Becky Reardon @ Studio 55 in San Rafael and the French Garden in Sebastapol. Adventures in Tilden Park and the merry-go-round with singing friend J McKnight in Berkeley Hanging in the redwoods in Samuel Taylor Park with Terry Garthwaite and ceramic artist Barbara Andino-Stevenson.
Returning to Italy after 7 years – so many beautiful reunions, so much great music! Part I – ROMA * Joining Rhiannon’s All the Way In singers for an improvising session, hearing their wonderful concert, and experiencing the wedding in the Etruscan Cave! * Re-connecting with beautiful singer Antonella Talamonti.
Lisa Goettel is a singer, voice coach and writer living and working in Big Sur, California. She has featured Elise’s EWCS Original Song, Night Blooming Jasmine in her 2014 Song-A-Day-Challenge. Read More
Pine Lake Woman Taps Into Our Talents Performer says ‘we’re all born with a voice,’ encourages us to sing By H.M. Cauley for the AJC Friends may have told you to save your singing for the shower, but that’s only because you haven’t met Elise Witt. The Pine Lake resident is a veteran singer, […]
Celebrating Kaspar “Stranger” Malone 1909 – 2005 View “Who’s That Stranger,” a film by George King about Kaspar “Stranger” Malone – http://www.georgeking-assoc.com/whos-that-stranger/ His life is like a musical history of America. He played swing with the Jack Teagarden All Stars and old time with Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Lowe Stokes & the Melody Men. He played […]
Chiang-Su State Chorus & the Beijing Central Conservatory Chorus “ODE TO PEACE” From December 9-19, 2007, I was invited as a guest to fly to China, to sing with the Chiang-Su State Chorus from Nanjing, and the Beijing Central Conservatory Chorus, along with the Jiangsu Province Symphony Orchestra, with guests from Hong Kong, Taiwan, […]
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