Performances and Workshops

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Soul Song Circle Singers - Continental Connection

Southminster Steinhauer United Church, 10740 19 Avenue, Edmonton

Soul Song Circle Singers and Changing Together presents... CONTINENTAL CONNECTION - Singing Songs that Unite Us Please join the Soul Song Circle Singers directed by Karen Porkka for an afternoon of songs from Canada, Namibia and inspired stops along the way. Featuring special guest Namibian Singer/Songwriter GARTH PRINCE plus percussionist Dwayne Hyrnkiw, guitarist George Koufogiannakis and bassist Keith Rempel. This is a Fund-raising event for Changing Together - a Centre for Immigrant Women and for the Soul Song Circle Singer Scholarship Fund. There will be a special draw for Changing Together with prizes including free registration to come sing with the Soul Song Circle Singers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.ca or from members of the Soul Song Circle Singers.

Doors open at 3pm.

V.I.N.E. - Into the Garden

Westwood Unitarian, 11135 65 Ave, Edmonton, AB

Step into our beautiful garden of Vocal Improvisation as the students of the V.I.N.E. Classes "Making Roots", Integrated and Branching Out share their inspired voices and spontaneous creations with you!

By Donation

KAREN PORKKA and Whirldish

Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton

Hosting the Yardbird Suite Jam with Dean Pierno (drums), Thom Golub (bass) and Kent Shores (guitar). We will be playing world infused original compositions and creations.

We play from 8-9pm and then the jammers carry on until a final number form us to close the evening at 11pm.

$5 cover at the door

PorkkaLoops

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Cafe Blackbird, 9640 142 Street, Edmonton, AB

Karen Porkka brings all that she loves about creating music into a solo performance called PorkkaLoops. Layering together voice, keyboard, saxophone, melodica and with the help of loopers and electronics she showcases her original and spontaneous compositions as well as putting twists on familiar and not so familiar standards. Karen pulls together musical and improvisational influences from around the world to reveal a richly textured, captivating form of sonic exploration and storytelling. Special Guest percussionist Dwayne Hrynkiw

Reservations recommended $10

Soul Song Circle Singers - Migration - Songs that Travel

Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804 119 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Come join us for an evening of musical selections that inspire, uplift and soothe your soul as the Soul Song Circle Singers share their joy of singing in our season end performance MIGRATION - Songs That Travel. We will take you on a musical journey with the help of special guests Dwayne Hrynkiw on percussion and Devin Hart on piano. We are also fund-raising for Edmonton's centre for immigrant women Changing Together and for the Soul Song Circle Singer Scholarship Fund.

Tickets available at the door or at Eventbrite.ca

Holiday Sing

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Unity of Edmonton, 11715 108 Ave, Edmonton

YOU ARE INVITED TO GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON BY SINGING SONGS FROM DIFFERENT HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH (THAT’S RIGHT, SING WITH) THE SOUL SONG CIRCLE SINGERS PLUS WE WILL BE COLLECTING FOOD FOR THE FOOD BANK, AS WELL AS, WINTER HATS, MITTENS AND SOCKS FOR THE BISSELL CENTRE. A POTLUCK OF YUMMY TREATS TO FOLLOW THE SINGING

Sliding scale $5-$20

VINE - Branching Out Workshop

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Westwood Unitarian, 11135 65 Ave, Edmonton

A Vocal Improv workshop that invites more experienced voices who have solid foundations in vocal technique, singing harmonies, rhythms and singing parts independently. We will “branch out” into other areas, like complex harmony, odd time signatures, soloing, chord changes and performance structures while deepening the roots of generous and compassionate singing in community.

The Singing V.I.N.E.

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Another Space, 1523 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Step into the Garden of Vocal Improvisation to Nourish the Creative Soul. Connect with others in luscious harmonies, grooves from around the world and soul-filled sounds of spontaneous music inspired from All That We Are.
Karen Porkka, an Edmonton based musician, music educator and student of master Vocal Improvisers – Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, skillfully leads all levels of singers to deepen roots of vocal improv and branch out to the edge of musical expression while cultivating skills of Compassion and Generosity by listening deeply to ourselves and others. Only 20 spaces available Cost $35 To guarantee your spot Pre-Register at The Singing V.I.N.E. Vancouver on Eventbrite.ca or by email transfer or PayPal

The Singing V.I.N.E.

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The Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, Victoria, BC

Step into the Garden of Vocal Improvisation to Nourish the Creative Soul. Connect with others in luscious harmonies, grooves from around the world and soul-filled sounds of spontaneous music inspired from All That We Are.
Karen Porkka, an Edmonton based musician, music educator and student of master Vocal Improvisers – Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, skillfully leads all levels of singers to deepen roots of vocal improv and branch out to the edge of musical expression while cultivating skills of Compassion and Generosity by listening deeply to ourselves and others. Only 20 spaces available Cost $35 (or $30 for SINGVITATION attendees) To guarantee your spot Pre-Register at The Singing V.I.N.E. Victoria on Eventbrite.ca or by email transfer or PayPal

SINGVITATION

The Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, Victoria, BC

…An Evening of Improvisation featuring Edmonton based musician, composer, choral director and vocal improviser KAREN PORKKA Bringing with her all the inspiration from her west coast tour of The Singing V.I.N.E. (a vocal improvisation workshop). The night will be one of a kind, interactive concert filled with soul-filled sounds and spontaneous creations.

Tickets at the Door

$10-$20 (sliding scale)

The Singing V.I.N.E.

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St. John the Divine Ang;lican Church, 579 - 5th Street, Courtenay

The Singing V.I.N.E. (Vocal Improvisation Nourishing Everyone) Step into the Garden of Vocal Improvisation to Nourish the Creative Soul. Connect with others in luscious harmonies, grooves from around the world and soul-filled sounds of spontaneous music inspired from All That We Are. This workshop is ideal for those who love to sing, to play vocally and are wanting to find new ways of expressing themselves. We will be exploring the building blocks of making music (melody, harmony and rhythm) while cultivating skills of Compassion and Generosity by listening deeply to ourselves and others.

Cost is $25 - Only 20 spaces available - (no one turned away due to lack of funds)

The Singing V.I.N.E.

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Gorge Hall, Whaletown Cortes Island

The Singing V.I.N.E. (Vocal Improvisation Nourishing Everyone) Step into the Garden of Vocal Improvisation to Nourish the Creative Soul. Connect with others in luscious harmonies, grooves from around the world and soul-filled sounds of spontaneous music inspired from All That We Are. This workshop is ideal for those who love to sing, to play vocally and are wanting to find new ways of expressing themselves. We will be exploring the building blocks of making music (melody, harmony and rhythm) while cultivating skills of Compassion and Generosity by listening deeply to ourselves and others.

Cost is $25 - Only 20 spaces available - (no one turned away due to lack of funds)

The Singing V.I.N.E. (Vocal Improvisation Nourishing Everyone)

Cranberry Hall, 6828 Cranberry St., Powell River

Step into the Garden of Vocal Improvisation to Nourish the Creative Soul. Connect with others in luscious harmonies, grooves from around the world and soul-filled sounds of spontaneous music inspired from All That We Are.

Karen Porkka, an Edmonton based musician, music educator and student of master Vocal Improvisers – Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, skillfully leads all levels of singers to deepen roots of vocal improv and branch out to the edge of musical expression while cultivating skills of Compassion and Generosity by listening deeply to ourselves and others.

Cost $20 - Only 20 spaces available To guarantee your spot Pre-Register at The Singing V.I.N.E. on Eventbrite.ca, pay Karen directly by email transfer and PayPal or local contact Annabelle 604-223-3265

KAREN PORKKA - PorkkaLoops

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Cafe Blackbird, 9640 142 Street, Edmonton, AB

Karen Porkka brings all that she loves about creating music into a solo performance called PorkkaLoops. Layering together voice, keyboard, saxophone, melodica and with the help of loopers and electronics she showcases her original and spontaneous compositions as well as putting twists on familiar and not so familiar standards.

Free

Apr1

The Parkers

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Cafe Blackbird, 9640 142 Street, Edmonton, AB

Join Thom Gollub - bass, Bob Tildesley - Trumpet, Kevin Parkinson - drums and myself - vocals and saxophones for a night of groovy avant garde, improvisational based compositions and the music of our name sake William Parker.

MIX MELD MOVE - MileZeroDance and Whirldish

Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 Street, Edmonton

Come join Mile Zero Dance and the member of Whirldish in an evening of improvisation and world music. The first set will be a collaboration with dancers from Mile Zero mixing and melding movement and sound. The second set is a community dance party where Whirldish plays their music and you get to dance!

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