Singing Over the Bones : Exploring Ancestry Through Myth & Song

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The Well, 5443 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

:: Singing Over the Bones ::

In this 4-class series Lydia Violet and special guests will guide you in exploring at least one of your ancestries through myth and song. By the end of this course you will have a deeper understanding of the cosmologies/myths/stories held within this lineage(s), a medicinal endeavor in our time. You will also be supported in uncovering and learning at least one song from one of your heritages. We will also be providing guidance/support facilitators along with different avenues of exploration for children of the diaspora, who may not know exactly where their roots lie. You will delve into discovering the musical styles, instrumentations, customs, and rituals singing in your blood. You will see the connections and differentiations across cultures. And most importantly you will connect more deeply with your ancestors, discovering what relationship with them means for you.

This class is open to music explorers of all levels!

Week 1: - Introduction to exploring the cosmologies and cultures held within the connections in your lineage. - De-orphaning the parts of us that have been disconnected. - Rooting in our own lineages before fetishizing others. Cultural exchange, inspiration, and appropriation. - Mythic truth- how myths & stories may convey a different kind of truth than we are accustomed to.

Week 2: - Warming up the voice: healing the split through song - Exploring beyond the standard vocal ranges we are used to speaking/singing in. - Language: learning the sounds in our blood. - Drum, wind, string, sing- What does this culture play?

Week 3: - Bringing in some results from our mythic investigations. - The role of archetypes: who they are, and how we use them. - Common themes/stories across cultures. - Who were the storytellers? How did they tell them?

Week 4: - Bring in one song from one of your lineages and be supported with kindness in sharing with the group. - Bring one rhythm pattern from one of your lineages. - Singing Over the Bones jam session!

Classes will take place at The WELL, 5443 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609 Wednesday Oct 31, Nov 7,14, & 28th, 5:30-7:30pm Registrations is $80, scholarships available, please send inquiries to