Vocal Jam
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Jam

Improvised Song Circle with Groove and Soul
In this fun and safe space, experience a playful blend of toning, improvisation, percussive play, and spontaneous songwriting to generate the soulful medicine you need. 

Be lead through a jamming journey and use your voice in community to awaken your own wild and joyful expression!

Singers of all levels welcome

$5-10 sliding scale

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Vocal Jam
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Jam

Improvised Song Circle with Groove and Soul
In this fun and safe space, experience a playful blend of toning, improvisation, percussive play, and spontaneous songwriting to generate the soulful medicine you need. 

Be lead through a jamming journey and use your voice in community to awaken your own wild and joyful expression!

Singers of all levels welcome

$5-10 sliding scale

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Shireen Amini Live at the Hive
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Shireen Amini Live at the Hive

Enjoy an evening of original conscious soul world pop in this live looping one-woman-show performance by Shireen Amini. Listen, sing, dance, or play along to a mix of original songs and improvisations in this house concert / dance party-like setting and receive yourself some good soul medicine. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Chocolate, water, and tea provided.

$5-10 sliding scale at the door

Doors open 6:30pm

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:
Come to this first-ever medicine song and dance party! A difference kind of performance experience. Not only will this be a showcase of the songwriting and live looping performance of Shireen Amini, it is also designed to close the gap between performer and audience by including elements of community music-making in the form of singing parts and percussive play.

The loose structure of the night will be as follows, but we will stay alive with it in order to maximize magic...

7-7:45pm - listening / singing along (floor pillow seating)

8-9pm - dancing / playing along (clear the dancefloor!)

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Vocal Jam
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Jam

Improvised Song Circle with Groove and Soul

Groove medicine is a real thing. When we express soulfully through our voices and rhythm, we generate feelings of connection and freedom that feed our life force like no other.

Vocal Jam is a playful blend of sound healing, circlesinging*, drum circle facilitation, and spontaneous songwriting in which all you gotta do is follow my lead. You don’t need experience or even much confidence. That will come with time. All you need is a stir, a call, and a little courage. In this fun and safe space, awaken your own inner movements and free up some wild joy. Now let’s get down, people.

Singers of all levels welcome

$5-10 sliding scale

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Winter Solstice Sound Healing
Dec
22
4:30 PM16:30

Winter Solstice Sound Healing

$10-20 sliding scale


Pre-Registration Required

Please email shireen.amini@gmail.com to reserve your spot! Limited spaces available.

Ceremony is just an opportunity to pause, become intentional, and receive support. Ceremony in line with the change of seasons also allows us to deepen our attunement to the cycles of the Earth. In this interactive sound healing experience, we will have the opportunity to get a more expansive perspective of our lives and receive guidance in areas that ordinary consciousness cannot assist us with. You can also just come to relax and be deeply nourished! The sound can assist you however you need it to! Our format will begin with a brief group toning and check-in followed by a sound meditation and an opportunity for vocalizing and movement toward the end of our journey. To close, we will share any insights we received with the group but you are also welcome to hold your experience sacred. Yoga mats and pads will be provided. Please bring your own pillow and blanket.

About the facilitator…
Shireen Amini is a musician / singer-songwriter based in Bend, Oregon whose performance career has interwoven with her passion for healing and indigenous wisdom through the development of “music medicine” offerings. With her background in world music, drum circle facilitation, and sound healing, experiencing music medicine with Shireen is both exciting and soul-nourishing. Shireen also leads the successful Bend-based Latin band ¡Chiringa! and performs conscious world-soul-pop in her own solo project. 

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Shireen Amini LIVE at "Living OUT in Central Oregon" Documentary Premiere
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Shireen Amini LIVE at "Living OUT in Central Oregon" Documentary Premiere

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Come enjoy a documentary film screening premiere and support a cause near and dear to my heart, the safety and thriving of our local LGBTQ community!

“Living OUT in Central Oregon”

Produced by Bend-native and sophomore at Chapman University Dodge Film School Danielle Axten

Doors open at 6pm

Event 6:30-8pm

Free will donation at the door

Proceeds support the Human Dignity Coalition of Central Oregon

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JoyRoot LIVE at Bend Roots Revival Festival
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

JoyRoot LIVE at Bend Roots Revival Festival

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Joyroot is an acoustic soul / world beat / folk duo based in Bend, Oregon. Shireen Amini brings the gift of groove and a colorful background in musics from Latin America and beyond. Ian Carrick combines a love for harmony singing with experience playing various offshoots of Americana from swing to jamgrass. This interchangeable singer-songwriter / percussionist duo bring elements of their work as community song leaders into live performance, inviting a deeper connection with the songs and each other. Together they blend rhythm with story in themes that draw attention to the unavoidable connections between our inner healing and greater eco-cultural healing. 

Music Makers Stage

$5 or more donation requested to attend the Festival (enjoy our singing experience as part of a greater community celebration with live music and workshops!)

Kid-friendly, food / drink available for purchase

For more information, please visit: https://bendroots.net/

 

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¡Chiringa! LIVE at Bend Roots Revival Festival
Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30

¡Chiringa! LIVE at Bend Roots Revival Festival

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Local Latin dance rock

Bucha Buena Stage

$5 or more donation requested to attend the Festival (enjoy our singing experience as part of a greater community celebration with live music and workshops!)

Kid-friendly, food / drink available for purchase

For more information, please visit: https://bendroots.net/

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Open Hub meets Circlesinging with Shireen Amini and Ian Carrick
Sep
29
1:15 PM13:15

Open Hub meets Circlesinging with Shireen Amini and Ian Carrick

Come gather 'round for a mix of soulful improv singing and easy-to-learn, connecting open hub circle songs! All levels welcome. Just bring your raw selves and voices. We'll summon up some good juju for our community at the Bend Roots Revival Festival!

Music Makers Stage

$5 or more donation requested to attend the Festival (enjoy our singing experience as part of a greater community celebration with live music and workshops!)

Kid-friendly, food / drink available for purchase

For more information, please visit: https://bendroots.net/

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Fall Equinox Sound Healing
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Fall Equinox Sound Healing

As summer transitions into fall, it is in our nature to seek a reset. Receiving a sound healing is a wonderful way to become still, cleanse your spirit, and anchor intention moving into the new season. Shireen Amini will offer a shower, swirl, and massage of sound using a crystal bowl, tongue drum, buffalo drum, voice and more. Let the sound usher you into a nurturing space of deep relaxation. You are welcome to enjoy this experience laying down or move into restful yoga postures for each segment of music for an enhanced experience. Blankets and bolsters will be provided. Please bring a yoga mat.

$20 per person
Pre-Registration Required
Please email nicole@sundogyoga.me to reserve your spot! Limited spaces available. 

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PRE-WOMEN'S MARCH Circlesinging
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

PRE-WOMEN'S MARCH Circlesinging

Come get juiced up before the Central Oregon Women's March for Action 2018!

We will gather and sing at Mirror Pond Plaza (next to Crow's Feet Commons) directly adjacent to the starting point of the march (Drake Park). This is a FREE offering to the people to anchor in joy, connection, solidarity, and purpose before we march. No singing experience is required! Please feel free to bring friends, family, and anyone who would enjoy this community experience. 

For more information about the Central Oregon Women's March for Action 2018, check out this Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/175438419728697/

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About Circlesinging:

Circlesinging is an improvised community experience much like a "drum circle" for singers with a facilitator guiding the musical journey. Prior to singing, everyone will have an opportunity to reflect on an intention. Then Shireen will sing your section a part that you will sing back and repeat as she goes around the circle and spontaneously constructs harmonizing and interlocking melodies, generating group motion, emotion, synergy, and spirit! We don't concern ourselves with perfection, we sing for the joy of it. All levels are welcome. 
Check out a sample video HERE: https://youtu.be/xW8avzO2mF8

About the facilitator:

Shireen Amini is a musician, songwriter, and producer based in Bend, Oregon who leads the local Latin dance rock band, ¡Chiringa! She is certified in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has been trained in Circlesinging by Bobby McFerrin’s protege, David Worm, in Oakland, California. Shireen believes strongly in the power of music to heal, empower, and unite people. She is deeply honored to facilitate Circlesinging events for the Bend community!

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Circlesinging
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is an improvised community singing experience much like a "drum circle" for singers. Shireen Amini will guide you through several waves of music with parts being spontaneously created in the moment, generating a "buzz" of group energy. Become a better singer in this relaxed and fun environment and improve your overall health! That's right, singing is good for you: mind, body and spirit. We don't concern ourselves with perfection, we sing for the joy of it! All levels are welcome. 

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is an improvised community singing experience much like a "drum circle" for singers. Shireen Amini will guide you through several waves of music with parts being spontaneously created in the moment, generating a "buzz" of group energy. Become a better singer in this relaxed and fun environment and improve your overall health! That's right, singing is good for you: mind, body and spirit. We don't concern ourselves with perfection, we sing for the joy of it! All levels are welcome. 

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Sep
30
11:15 AM11:15

Circlesinging at Bend Roots Revival Festival

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Music Makers Stage

Drop-in event, open to the public

Free (but donations accepted)!

Circlesinging is an improvised community singing experience much like a "drum circle" for singers. The song leader will guide you through several waves of music with parts being created in the moment, generating a "buzz" of group energy and all kinds of wellness benefits. Become a better singer, gain self-confidence, create meaningful connection with others, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection. We sing for the joy of it! That's it. All levels are welcome. 

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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House Concert and Circlesinging with Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

House Concert and Circlesinging with Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini

6pm Circlesinging lead by Hannah and Shireen

7pm Performances

The Acorn (Gabriel and Greg’s House)

61155 Chuckanut Dr. Bend, Oregon 97702

$10 suggested donation
All ages welcome. 
Performance will be outdoors, in case of weather we will move indoors. 
Please bring blankets or chairs and something to share for the potluck. 

Join us for this combined Circlesinging and House Concert experience, a unique opportunity to take part in improvised vocal music and enjoy an intimate live performance in the same evening! Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini trained together in Circlesinging facilitation under Dave Worm (protegé of Bobby McFerrin) in Oakland, California. Both believe in the power of community music-making and the magic of the unexpected to create a transformative experience for participants of Circlesinging. Our voices will combine to create melody, harmony, rhythm and a lot of spirit! Singers of all levels welcome. These singer-songwriters also channel their muse in the creation of beautifully layered original music which they will share following Circlesinging. 

Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento-born multi-instrumentalist and singer. Bringing experiences of many cultures, travel, friendship, nature, and the wonders of the universe, Mayree serenades on the banjo and reminds us that we are not alone. "Thoughts of the Night" (2017) is their first full length album release.

https://hannahmayree.bandcamp.com/releases

Shireen Amini is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Bend, Oregon. She carries with her a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Certificate in Sound, Voice and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Shireen is trained in piano, guitar, and drums, but specializes in Afro-Latin percussion, particularly the Afro-Peruvian cajon. She released her first EP entitled Turnaround in 2007 and, currently, is the lead singer and guitarist for the successful Bend-based Latin band ¡Chiringa!, which just released their first album in June 2017 called “Familia.” In her solo format, Shireen uses a looping pedal and percussion to create unique arrangements of original music and uplifting cover songs. She offers community music events including Circlesinging as well as sound healing journeys under Shireen Amini Music Medicine. 

https://www.facebook.com/shireenaminimusic/
https://soundcloud.com/shireen-amini

We look forward to sharing a rich evening of music with you!

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Circlesinging
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself vocally and become part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment. With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group goes on a playful and prayerful journey together. Gain self-confidence as a singer, connect with others in a fun and safe way, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the joy of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging CANCELLED until further notice...
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging CANCELLED until further notice...

...due to my recent medical diagnosis, vocal cords nodules. 2 week complete vocal rest is required for healing in addition to vocal rehabilitation. 

I am deeply saddened to have to cancel Circlesinging, but am hopeful that addressing this issue now will preserve the health and longevity of my voice as well as my capacity to bring Circlesinging back. In the meantime, keep a lookout for singing events replacing the every 2nd and 4th Thursday timeslots at Hawthorn Healing Arts Center! Just because I have to take a break from singing does not mean you have to!

Thank you for your understanding. Until soon. 

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Circlesinging
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself vocally and become part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment. With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group goes on a playful and prayerful journey together. Gain self-confidence as a singer, connect with others in a fun and safe way, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the joy of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself through your voice and be part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment! With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group will go on a playful and prayerful journey together that invites joy, connection, and wellness. Sing beautiful harmonies without sheet music, become a better singer without even trying, and delight in what we create together. But we don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the fun of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out these videos:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8avzO2mF8&feature=youtu.be

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Making Medicine Songs
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Making Medicine Songs

Healing and Empowerment Through Music

with Shireen Amini

$50/person

Sound ~ Music ~ Song

Healing ~ Creativity ~ Purpose

No prior musical experience necessary and experienced musicians welcome

Please email jill@hawthorncenter.com or call 541-330-0334 to register! 

What is a medicine song? A loose definition may be “a song carrying the energy and message in support of healing.” We all know the qualities of a medicine song, one that hooks us in and carries us to the other side of a struggle or fills us with a much-needed feeling we cannot seem to summon on our own. We may already be familiar with medicine songs as they exist in our sacred communities, but they are not limited to such venues. Medicine songs have just as much come about during social movements as they have through legendary artists like Bob Marley or the Beatles. Today, I am proposing that they can come through any of us, to serve us on our paths and strengthen our communities. 

In the process presented in this workshop, we will learn how to produce songs infused with magic and meaning using ancient tools and principles of the modern songwriting craft. What brings the “medicine” into these songs is the intention we put into their making and the mysterious way in which we invite melody and rhythm to emerge as though through a conversation with the cosmos. We will use the most inherently-human points of entry into music-making, the voice and the drum, to tune into our greater support network and to awaken our wild and soulful musical nature as well as our playful, childlike spirits. The medicine melody or groove that shows up in our process is a gift and an energetic blueprint for our song (our healing), carrying the feeling essence that will guide the song’s development. We will then utilize our creativity to come up with lyrics and orchestration for our song. Along the way, we will explore important musical concepts and techniques that help a song to be strong and effective. Once our medicine song is complete, we can then take it home with us and integrate it into our lives and communities. Both the songwriting process and the final song itself become powerful tools for our transformation and well-being.

In addition to being a wonderful practice for holistic health, making medicine songs is also an act of cultural revolution. Uniting through music is one of the most powerful catalysts for change our human history has ever demonstrated. And yet the mainstream songs of our modern era often lack relevance to the needs of our world, so bringing the “medicine” back into it is key. It is my mission to remove the obstacles to self-expression, including negative self-beliefs and constraining cultural notions, so that we can each reclaim music as a force of heart and empowerment for ourselves and our world. Please join me for this endlessly fun, hip, and poignant process and take part in the hope and joy of creating medicine music together.

 

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Sound Trek
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Trek

with Shireen Amini and Matt Lauziere

An Exotic and Elemental Journey Through Sound

(a.k.a. Shireen and Matt's Magical Musical Mystery Tour)

Hawthorn Healing Arts Center (39 NW Louisiana Ave.) 

$10-20 sliding scale

 

Indulge in this distinct concert experience that you enjoy laying down with your eyes closed! The music will travel up, down, and all around you while you are taken through a sonic wilderness, a wordless story rendered through metal, flesh, and wood to induce ever-changing inner landscapes and ultimately drop you off at your home...a refreshed body, mind, and spirit.

Matt and Shireen are both Bend-based musicians (Ubuntu and ¡Chiringa!) as well as long-time friends who are coming together with their musical talents and backgrounds in healing work to present a thoughtfully-crafted journey through sound and music. With use of singing bowls, drums, didjeridu, guitar, voice, keyboard and more, they intend to cultivate an experience that is meditative and moving, loosely guided by the elements of earth, fire, water, metal, air, and ether. Please join them in this colorful, visceral, and vibratory experience!

Please email jill@hawthorncenter.com or call 541-330-0334 in advance to reserve your spot! Limited spaces available. 

Bring a blanket and pillow. Floor pads will be provided but are limited. We recommend arriving early to set up your spot. 

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Circlesinging
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8avzO2mF8&feature=youtu.be

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Sound and Song Medicine Immersion
Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Sound and Song Medicine Immersion

A Day of Meaningful Music-Making

with Shireen Amini

$50/person

 

Pre-registration required and limited spaces available. Call 541-330-0334 or email jill@hawthorncenter.com to reserve your spot today!

 

• Experience group toning, drumming, and singing with a sense of playfulness and purpose

• Learn ancient and modern techniques for empowered musical expression

• Create your own simple medicine songs for healing and change

• Deepen your understanding of the human relationship to music, nature, and community

 

“If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance” 

- African Proverb

 

Singing and participation in music is your birthright and is essential for your well-being. This workshop is about reviving your relationship to music as it may better serve your life and the highest good. This is not about performance, but rather feeding your spirit in the moment and experiencing a deep sense of unity. Gift yourself with a more empowered relationship to your voice and musical expression and open yourself up to limitless potential for health and joy!

 

No prior musical experience necessary to participate in this workshop. For those who may have inhibitions about their sense of pitch or rhythm, this is a perfect environment to step out of your shell due to a principle of “entrainment,” which basically states that we cannot help but move toward being ‘in tune’ and ‘in time’ when we are surrounded by others who are. Experienced musicians will also find great benefit as they have an opportunity to expand their understanding of the nature of music, sense of playfulness, and discover a deeper sense of purpose in what they do. 

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