Elise’s Workshop Notes and Materials
One person gives out repeating parts to the groups.
Find parts by first singing what’s inside, then refining to find a motor part. Harmony is good. Look for spaces in the motor part to interlock new parts.
Find parts by first solo-ing over what is already created.
Play with rhythm – try putting 3 over 4 or try something in an odd rhythm like 5/4, 7/8, 9/8
Play with tonality – use some unusual harmonies, try notes that may not be the “first choices”
Play with language – try using some sounds you don’t always use; experiment with different consonants; imagine you’re speaking a language you don’t know but have a sound in your ear eg. french, russian, italian, etc.
The person giving out the parts can then solo over the foundation they have created.
Solo-ist can then step out and let another person solo and/or create new parts…
Efik language from Nigeria and the border of Cameroon
This is how we do it – a Challenge Song – create your own harmonies, dances, games!
Arranged by Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, African Music Arts
Kab sin ibaiba koro koro
O ibaiba koro koro
Set to music by Sharon Durant, England
Arranged by Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell
Sign Language Coach: Rachel Schlafer Parton
When there is light in the soul,
there is beauty in the person
When there is beauty in the person,
there is harmony in the home
When there is harmony in the home,
there is honor in the nation
When there is honor in the nation,
there is peace in the world.