Join this workshop in making joyously rhythm-charged body music with Chicago’s “miracle of inventive energy,” JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project! Taught by Billy Siegenfeld, JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project’s Artistic Director.
A workshop celebrating the bonding powers of the Language of Rhythm: how the instinctively rhythm-driven body and voice can combine to better connect us to the earth we stand on, to our own selves, and to the people with whom we share time and space. We explore the idea of “Full-bodied Rhythm-Making®”: turning the body’s natural gesture-makers — the hands, the head, and the voice — into articulately energized “drumbeaters." We use these drumbeaters to play exuberant “body-music” — to play energy-charged, on-the-beat or off-the-beat rhythms against the “drumheads" of both the floor and all the spaces surrounding us. The goal is to transform the whole person — the moving body, accompanied by the rhythm-singing voice — into a joyously energized, communally sharing, rhythm-making musical instrument.
Please wear loose-fitting clothes and rubber-soled dance shoes or sneakers. The best kind of footwear is the Converse-type sneaker since the sole is flexible and has enough grip to prevent sliding. NO socks. Bare feet ok. Running shoes fine if the participant doesn’t have Converse-type sneaks or “tennies."