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at the Kings Road Park Pavilion

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Singing Shape

sound. at the Kings Road Park Pavilion: Singing Shape is an exploration of Shape Note singing (also known as Sacred Harp singing), a tradition associated with the deep south and introduced by itinerant music teachers to make the melodies and harmonies accessible to those with no formal musical training. The participants are arranged in a square based on four part harmony for this exclusively a capella form. The result is a wall of vocal sound that is powerful, compelling and intended to be experienced from within the singing group.

A free workshop in Shape Note singing by Los Angeles composer and musician Jessica Catron starts off this day-long event which features two singing sessions: a "traditional" sing including hymns and traditional songs and an "alternative" sing featuring compositions created specifically for the SASSAS event by Los Angeles experimental composers Ezra Buchla and Laura Steenburge, artists Joyce Lightbody and Stephanie Taylor and SASSAS board member and LAFMS co-founder Joe Potts.

Come and learn as well as participate in a unique, alternative musical language. Utilizing a few shapes instead of basic music notation, the shape note form invites participants to hone in on harmonic structures in large groups, allowing beautiful sounds to materialize among people who have likely never sung together before. The music is easy, the sound is joyously resonant, and all voices and ages are welcome -- a willingness to sing is the only requirement.

1:00 Singing Shape workshop lead by Jessica Catron
3:00 Traditional Sing facilitated by Laura Boyd and Rick Russell
5:30 Alternative Sing
6:00 Pot luck dinner in the park

Kings Road Park Pavilion
1000 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

>>Admission: FREE

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sound. 2011 is produced by Cindy Bernard in collaboration with Scott Benzel, Gregory Lenczycki, Jorge Martin, Renee Petropoulos, Joe Potts, Dawson Weber, Board of Directors; Danny Gromfin, Board of Advisors.

The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is supported in part through grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and the support of our members. For further information on SASSAS: or contact us at 323.960.5723.

Contribute to SASSAS at the $50 level and receive discounts for sound.

Designers from left to right: Djego Padilla (2008); Hedi El Kholti / Channa Horwitz (2007); Wendy Furman (2006); Linda Nishio (2005, 2004); Tom Recchion (2003,2002, 2001); Cindy Bernard (2000; 1999). 2009 anniversary logo by Cindy Bernard.

Los Angeles County Arts Commission