What is it?

  • Full body singing using principles of natural music theory and theo-somatics.
  • Expanded vocal techniques and improvisatory structures that grow your abilities as a musician.
  • Health-based approach to singing that benefits performers of every kind, from dancers to instrumentalists.
  • Free small-group, high-level somatics training for all performers.
  • Focus on an original sounds using music composed specifically by and for the group, including improvisational structures.
  • Mix of conventional scores, alternative scores, and unscored music.
  • Paid performances planned for 2016.

For audition information, contact ben@luminousthread.com

When Inventing Earth ran its first Summer Workshop Series in Prescott AZ in 2010, a group of singers, instrumentalists, and composers came together to explore new music-making techniques together. They called themselves The Flying Body Choir and continued working through that summer and fall, completing a series of performances in the community. In one memorable show, the choir performed with big-head puppets in the Bread & Puppet tradition. (Puppets have been involved in all the Luminous Thread shows since.)

Deer Puppets at Kate Rinzler Lan Ting, Prescott College

The Flying Body Choir performs vocal concert, including big-head puppets, in Prescott AZ, 2010

In 2014, in an effort to restart the Flying Body Choir, Inventing Earth brought Amy Green to in Boulder and Denver for a series of workshops on the chants of Hildegard of Bingen, showing us how to sing from the musical notation of the original 12th century manuscripts.

Amy Green

Scholar and performer Amy Green led us in Singing Hildegard, Denver and Boulder, 2014.

In 2015 in Longmont Colorado, Inventing Earth ran its sixth Summer Series, including workshops from Dino Deane and Leeny Sack. Dino continued to lead sessions throughout the summer for another group of performers calling themselves The Flying Body Choir, including three of the original members from 2010.

Dino Deane Conduction session Flying Body Choir 2015

Dino Deane leads Conduction session with The Flying Body Choir, 2015.

The Flying Body Choir is seeking new members. Singers, instrumentalists, movers, and physical performers with serious intent should inquire: ben@luminousthread.com

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Inventing Earth is proud to present a workshop series, “Singing the Neumes of Hildegard,” in Boulder Colorado August 2-3, 2014, led by vocalist and harpist Amy Green.

Amy brings her training and experience in performing medieval music to Boulder where she will lead experienced musicians and chant aficionados in singing the music of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century mystic, physician, poet, and composer. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she moved to Europe on an Alfred Herz Fellowship and now resides in Berlin, Germany. She received a degree in historical vocal performance from the German State Music Conservatory in Trossingen, Germany.

Through many years of practical research Ms. Green performs medieval song from original notation forms such as neumes, or the earliest forms of western polyphony from original manuscript sources. She is a member of medieval vocal ensembles Vox Nostra, Elysium, and Diadema, as well as collaborates with medieval music ensembles such as Alta Musica, Ordo Virtutuum, Sarband, and Collage. Through this activity, she has performed medieval music in diverse theatrical contexts such as with the collaboration with the Iranian performance artist Sharam Entekhabi, the Ordo Virtutuum of Hildegard of Bingen and other passion plays, as well as a dance production of the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherchaoi. She explored the integration of Arabic singing techniques in medieval song repertoire through the collaboration and study with the Syrian oud player, Fahran Sabbagh, and the vocal interpretation of Hildegard of Bingen with Barbara Thornton. In addition, Ms. Green performs solo medieval song programs with self-accompanyment on the harp.

In addition to her degree in historical performance, Ms. Green also received a BA in Environmental Science from University of California Berkeley and a MSc. in urban ecosystem science from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany.

Amy Green and Vox Nostra

Vox Nostra, a vocal ensemble based in Berlin; Amy Green is third from left.