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The Transformative Power of Group Vocal Improvisation

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group-improvThe Transformative Power of Group Vocal Improvisation

by Elena Mariakhina

When vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Renée Benmeleh was three years old, her grandmother gave her a cassette of children’s music called Cri-Cri: El Grillito Cantor, which launched her love for music. Since then, music has always been within her. During difficult times, singing became her refuge, “a place of safety” where she could reconnect with inner peace.


While studying at Mills College, Benmeleh became interested in dissonant, atonal, and polyrhythmic music. After years of participation is Molly Holm’s vocal improvisation ensemble, Flux, Benmeleh led a vocal improvisation class for the first time in 2011. Today, she facilitates drum circles, multi-age instrumental music workshops, and Berkeley Vocal Improv.

During monthly vocal improv workshops at Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, California, Read the rest of this entry »

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