Vocal Painting

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In this short music documentary you will get behind the scenes of Vocal painting, an innovative sign language for improvisational choir singing, as it is taught and performed at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. It all starts with a catching rhythm, with dance and singing merging into a joyous One, as the choir leader uses Vocal Painting to invite choristers to share responsibility for the musical process. Follow professors and students from training to their fabulous show.

Vocal Paining is part of The Intelligent Choir concept developed by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe from Denmark and refers to his musical philosophy and concept of training choir conductors to allow and inspire choristers to share responsibility for the musical process. The concept includes a pedagogical and artistic methodology with Vocal Painting signs and conducting as a headliner as well as ear training, theory, vocal art, and improvisation. The basic ideas of musical presence and vigilance are described by Niels Græsholm and Svend Rastrup Andersen in the book “Slå ørerne ud!” (1993).

The methodology is divided into several pedagogical areas: Development of musical skills, Rhythm & Groove, Intonation & Pitch, Sound & Blend, Interpretation & Expression, Performance and Concert Design, Vocal Painting (VOPA) and Kucheza (I am music). By this method you increase:

– Reflection in the choir
– Creativity in the choir
– Interaction in the choir
– Co-responsibility for the musical process in the choir
– Rhythm & Groove improvement in the choir

The Intelligent Choir methods can be used in every choir on every level.

Directed by Carl Eneroth (USA)

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