Elise's Calendar Details
Inspired by Democracy Now Amy Goodman’s 2008 visit to Atlanta celebrating the Great Speckled Bird’s 40th anniversary, Elise wrote “Break the Silence.” It later became an anthem for Eve Ensler’s “One Billion Rising,” the movement to stop violence against women and girls around the world, and is recorded on Elise’s CD “We’re All BORN SINGING.”
Now Elise gets to share her song with you as she closes the evening of WRFG’s evening with Amy Goodman at First Iconium Baptist Church. Folk music legend Frank Hamilton will open the evening. Don’t miss it!!
You are cordially invited to Drew Charter School’s second year of Space is the New Place. On Friday, April 21, 2017 we will gather for a sunset reception at 8PM on the 3rd floor balcony of Drew’s Yates campus and then begin our performance journey through the school after the sun goes down. This is an outdoor event so bring an extra jacket or sweater just in case.
Special thanks to all of our guest artists and collaborating teachers in Drew’s Elementary, Junior, and Senior Academies: Elise Witt, Brennon Jones, Marvin Richardson, Munir Zakee, Zanaida Wakatama, Jeff Mather, Erin Gillum, Antavious Baker, Jay Sessoms, Nina Pryor, Beth White, Kevin Parker, Renee Ruffin, Lieu Nguyen, Tasha Gomes, Michael Standard, Jeff Kitchens, Courtney Bryant, Natalie Colbert, Angelica Hairston, Lauren Hayes, and Tambra Harris.
Singing for Fun is both a forum for individuals to learn more about their own voice, and a way to build community through group singing.
The workshop includes body and voice integration, calling in elements of Tai Chi, Yoga, and Alexander Technique, as well as dance, theater, and vocal improvisation to focus on breath and ease of movement.
Singers learn songs that explore the vast expression of harmony from around the world. Drawing from her love of diverse melodies and rhythms, Elise might introduce a Brazilian samba, a Congolese storysong, an Italian round, or four-part harmonies from Zimbabwe. There are also lots of songs in English, including songs from the African American tradition, quirky rounds, food songs, Elise originals, and lots more!
All of the songs are broken down into easily learnable parts and become thrilling to sing in a group. Even people who think they “can’t carry a tune in a bucket” in no time find themselves part of an impromptu glorious chorus.