Conduction Workshops Announced
“Conduction” Vocal Workshops Set for May with Dino J.A. Deane in Boulder County
A multi-instrumental performer, recording artist and live sampling pioneer, Deane’s world-spanning career includes collaborations with music and theatre artists Brian Eno and Sam Shepard.
April 27 2015 Boulder, COLO. – Luminous Thread Opera Theatre of Boulder County is hosting two vocal workshops this May with world-recognized musician, composer, and “Conduction” ensemble director, Dino J.A. Deane. Dino has recently led similar workshops at UC Berkeley and many other locations in the U.S. and Europe. Dino performs regularly throughout the world.
Workshops take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, May 24 at Luminous Thread’s studio in old town Longmont. There is no charge for participants. Four to six classically trained vocalists and an equal number of jazz, folk, or world music vocalists are sought for each session.
Participation is by invitation but musicians and singers are invited to enquire to email@example.com for invitation and directions to Luminous Thread’s studio.
Note: at this time the May 17 workshop is completely full but for waiting list, with a few slots still available for the May 24 event.
The workshops in Conduction are being held in preparation for the re-emergence of Luminous Thread’s standing vocal ensemble, The Flying Body Choir. Founded in Arizona in 2009, The Flying Body Choir ensemble employs cutting-edge vocal and somatics (deep body awareness)-based performance techniques for enhanced musicality, ensemble awareness, expanded vocal abilities, and enjoyment in singing.
Conduction is a vocabulary of signs and gestures transmitted by a conductor to an ensemble providing instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm articulation, phrasing, or form.
In Luminous Thread’s approach to conduction, the human voice is understood as a musical instrument capable of deep sound texture.
“We’re working at the cutting edge, the event horizon where classical, jazz, expanded vocal technique, spoken word, and ensemble performance techniques converge,” explains Luminous Thread co-founder, Benjamin Sargent.
Founded by New York composer and conductor, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris (2/10/47 – 1/29/13), the Conduction method has been employed by Dino J.A. Deane for nearly 30 years. Dino travels the world teaching and forming Conduction ensembles with instrumentalists and vocalists. He ran a Conduction ensemble in New Mexico for 15 years, and a guitar choir for one year.
Outcomes for Conduction participants include enhanced confidence both as a musician and ensemble member; heightened multi-sensory awareness that serves the individual and the ensemble; the experience of team-play, bravery, risk and joy, in a fluidly structured and empowering context; and creative engagement, as instead of being externally driven by a composer, music is created by the ensemble itself.
“No matter what your musical background, the experience of Conduction will enhance your musicianship. It will elevate your perceptual abilities and allow you to access deep creativity in a completely empowering way,” Deane explains. He will also lead a string-oriented conduction group in Denver starting in 2015.
About Luminous Thread
Luminous Thread is a project of Inventing Earth, a federal 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization based in Colorado. Luminous Thread creates original music theatre and opera incorporating sculpture, design, world music and movement forms, circus, non-traditional and avant garde performing arts. Luminous Thread moved to Colorado in 2011 and has produced three full-length original shows that were performed in Boulder, Denver, and in Massachusetts.
The Conduction choir is being developed at this time towards full production of an original opera being produced by Luminous Thread based on the life of medieval mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen written by Colorado composers, Mary Lin and Benjamin Sargent.
About Director Dino J.A. Deane
World-recognized music pioneer, J. A. “Dino” Deane performs internationally in solo and ensemble acts and travels worldwide leading conduction workshops and concerts.
Composer, instrumentalist, and conductor, Deane worked with Conduction founder Butch Morris for 28 years. He led a conduction ensemble for 15 years and a guitar choir for a year, and has conducted international ensembles in workshops and concerts for ten years.
A genre-spanning multi-instrumental performer, recording artist and live sampling pioneer, Deane’s world-class career includes many collaborations with influential artists. He pioneered the use of live electronics in performance and coined the term live-sampling. He is considered a master in this field of performance. Deane worked as sideman for Ike and Tina Turner in the studio and on tour, toured the world as electro-acoustic live-sampling percussionist with Jon Hassell and made three records with him, produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and was the multiple award-winning sound designer for theater, working with Sam Shepard, Julie Hebert, Christoph Marthaler and Theatre Grottesco.
Deane has performed at world class festivals, museums and theaters – Peter Gabriel’s Womad Festival, The Venice Biennale, ARS Electronica, The Whitney Museum, BAM, Lincoln Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Sydney Opera House, Kunstmuseum Basel, Deutsches Schauspiel Haus Hamburg, Philharmonic Hall Berlin, Teatro Puccini Florence, La Foret Museum Tokyo, Palacio de Cristal Madrid.
Currently performs on lap steel, sampler and flute in solo and ensemble concerts, and gives Conduction workshops and concerts internationally.
Media Reviews for Dino J.A. Deane
”Mr. Deane adjusted his electronics with the glee of a villain in a science fiction epic and raised his trombone as if it were a weapon”
“He could have been a sorcerer”
The New York Times
”Circuitry in the service of aesthetics”
”When Deane orchestrates a series of feedback loops the result is beautiful, driving and mercurial”
Nomad (cd review)
“Deane mixes unlike sonic textures together in a way that gives life to something entirely different
something you’ve never heard before”
HEX (cd review)
“If a recording is to be judged by how well it bears repeated listening, then HEX is a gem”
“The dizzying sound world Deane creates envelops the players within it”
“His gift is electronics and his sound creation steals the show”
“Deane is working the big picture here”
Signal to Noise
Grand Cross Eclipse (cd review)
“Vast and mind-blowing”
“As immense and at times as intimidating as the desert landscape”
“Music as epic as this should be blasted on a speaker system surrounded
by two billion year old rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon”
These Times (cd review)
“This recording demonstrates how strong Deane’s music-making concepts really are”
Taiji Pole (cd review)
“A seamless journey through uncountable phases and facets of breathtaking intensity”
Santa Fe Weekly
Never Never Land (cd review)
“The entire recording is a wondrous musical experience”
“The music flies on high with lightness and fragility,
spiraling upward in intensity to match the magical scenarios of the film”
“An airy and delicious blending of sounds that captures the lightness of the flying scenes and the dense drama of the unfolding tale we all loved as children”
1″ = 25 miles (cd review)
“Rich and Luminous”
“The work is suffused with an authentic freshness and lyricism”
“The texts themselves are rarely in the foreground, their imagery works into the music at a deeper level”
“Deane’s handling of the ensemble is nothing short of masterly”
Recent Workshops in The Art of Conduction by Dino J.A. Deane
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of Agder, Kristiansand Norway
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
University of Art and Design, Santa Fe
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
The Academy, Albuquerque
The Stone (New Music Observatory), NYC
High Mayhem Emerging Arts, Santa Fe
Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque