Harmony and Connection

TEACHER: Jeff Warren and Kevin Lacroix
THEME: Harmony and Connection
MEDITATION: A Heart so Wide and Soft
INTERACTIVE PRACTICE: The Mindful Math of Overtones and Polyrhythm

“Hearing is basically a specialized form of touch. If you are standing by the road and a large truck goes by, do you hear or feel the vibration?” – Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussionist. Everything is an Oscillator, from violin string to hydrogen atom to … you. Or at least you’ll become one this Monday. Overtone singing is a technique whereby we ‘mask’ the fundamental note and amplify the higher harmonics. In doing so, we not only get to hear the natural math of the harmonic series, we may also get to observe how different frequencies vibrate different parts of our bodies in different ways (sinuses, ears, cheekbones, skulls). All this while creating a crazy-huge group swirly alien-cicada song. Ka-pow! Then, once we’re high on oxytocin and endorphins from the singing, we’ll ground and groove ourselves in rhythm and polyrhythm. As with the other basic musical elements of melody and harmony, there is a math to rhythm. But the math is just a matrix… and we all know how trippy things get in the Matrix.

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