Sound is a thread that has woven itself consistently through my life and work.
Sound to me is medicine, forever and immediate. Sound is a limitless toolbox to aid us through our life and holds within it timeless wisdom. Without this connection to sound I feel ungrounded and forever search for ‘real’ moments, lost in a sea of consumer madness and pressures to live in ways that go against my common sense. To sing or use sound in a group of people provides an instant route to the heart of community and encouragement and fosters growth and healing. I feel sound is an ancestral right; a wholesome right and we should claim it.
Through singing and sharing beautiful tribal or folk songs from around the world or performing my own songs I aim to encourage others to find their voice.
The resonant sound work and sound journey work are deeply nourishing and healing and the use of resonant instruments provides a rich sonic massage and an access point for people to feel the true benefit of sound.
My journey with sound started as a young chorister in a church choir. We sang in Latin mainly so the meanings of the songs were lost to me but the memory and impact of singing in a sea of voices harmonising has never left me. I believe this helped me develop a good ear for sound, I have never read music, everything I do with music whether teaching songs or making music is done by ear. I feel this method allows you to access the heart of the music, making the joys of sound accessible to all abilities. The human body is a musical instrument and given the chance to explore our voice, sound can tune us into what we need to feel alive and thrive.
In 2006 I attended a course, Resona set up by Stefan Cartwright and trained to become a sound practitioner.
I wish to make sound accessible to people. I use sound to help connect people through a common experience, whether within a gallery or exhibition space, outdoors or within places of contemplation and well being. I wish to help build communities of singers, helping and healing each other and passing on the joy and passion of coming together in song.