improvisational COMMUNITY SINGING with intention and heart
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.
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Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. It is an opportunity to express yourself vocally and take part in music that is being created spontaneously in the moment. There are no mistakes and everyone belongs. Fun and safety are the rules of this game. We don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the fun of it! With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group goes on an unplanned journey together that invites play, freedom, joy, and healing. You sing beautiful harmonies without sheet music, gain self-confidence, and delight in what you create together. Singers of all levels are always welcome. It is not unusual for folks to come away “buzzed” from the experience and wanting to sing more!
Circlesinging invites all ages and backgrounds to be creative and cleansed together. It is ancient and cutting edge. Singing together is a great equalizer and allows you the opportunity to open your heart to people in a safe environment who may be different from you in many other ways, but who have a heart and a voice just like you. Like a lighthearted ritual, it is a bonding experience that delivers a sense of unity and offers a chance to bring intention to your life or to focus prayers outward.
While having way too much fun, participating in Circlesinging brings many gifts to the mind, body, and spirit. Your own voice is one of your most accessible tools for wellness and joy and utilizing it in this way will benefit you well beyond the song circle. Not only will you experience increased energy, mental alertness, improved upper respiratory health and lung capacity, and enhanced feelings of relaxation, mood, and confidence, but you will actually become a better singer! Your voice is an instrument that just needs regular tuning and practice to expand in its capacities and there is no better way to do so than by singing with others, especially with those who have more experience. The repetition of phrases typical of Circlesinging not only tones the voice and lungs, it also invites an altered state of trance and meditation, a state known to bring much peace and restoration to the body’s systems, all while releasing stored up emotions through the channel of vocal expression and movement.
Circlesinging is one of the most beautiful and powerful experiences I have had the privilege to enjoy. This is why I am so inspired to share it with my community. I need it just as much as I hope it can be of benefit to others. I hope you will take a chance to join me and receive the incredible gifts of Circlesinging!
~ Shireen Amini
Musician, Community Facilitator, Healing Artist
Founder of Shireen Amini Music Medicine, Bend, OR
Women's Drum and Voice jam
In these sessions, we will gather together our feminine energy to create something greater than ourselves with the sound of our own voices and drums! Freaked out about doing one or both of these? You are welcome to just participate to your comfort level, but I invite you to test out your edge and, yes, no matter your skill level, you can learn to do both at the same time! We set the space with some authentic sharing and prayerful intention, warm up with group toning and a guided drum circle, and then play with using our voices together with the drums, orchestrating our own rhythm songs. There is a reason why I put drum and voice together. The experience of emotional movement, empowerment, trance, spiritual uplift and joy are amplified when engaging in both activities. It's what our ancestors did.
VOICE AND DRUM SESSIONS: ONE-ON-ONE
Allow me to support you in breaking through obstacles, fears, shame or limitations around your own singing voice or musical expression. We will explore your relationship to your own voice and musical expression, create an authentic prayer together, and then go on a journey of sounds that we create, allowing the voice to be a catalyst for your own inner expansion and your inner expansion to support your voice. We will primarily focus on the voice and the drum as our instruments, but any other instrument that calls to you can be integrated into our time together. The point is not to achieve technical mastery, but rather to allow our innate musicality and playfulness build our confidence to be able to utilize our musical expression more intentionally for our own well-being. You will come away feeling more empowered and free, not just in music but in life.
To schedule a session, please contact me via email, phone, or text:
Medicine Song Church