Preparing for the Construction Site

Following in the model of the Scratch Orchestra (1969–72), the Vocal Constructivist ethos has been inclusive from its foundation (in 2011), welcoming all vocalists, with or without any formal musical training. It has always been inter-generational, with members’ ages ranging from 19–79, but 2020 will mark the group’s first engagement with younger vocalists, in an initiative called the ‘Construction Site’. Building work will take place over a period of seven months, to introduce a new generation to singing and creating experimental music. Jane Alden and members of the Vocal Constructivists will host online workshops for young vocalists, aged 14–18. The initiative crosses continents, islands, borders, and postcodes. Participants will be drawn from the Cross Border Youth Choir (a joint initiative between Dublin Youth Choir and the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs, led by Lynsey Callaghan). Works by Mark Applebaum, Anthony Braxton, Neely Bruce, Cornelius Cardew, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Ron Kuivila, Laraaji, Paula Matthusen, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Parsons, Lauren Redhead, Wadada Leo Smith, Christian Wolff and others will be explored, discussed, and performed. Participants will also create their own new works in open notation.

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(7 August 2020 – 7 March 2021)

In response to the current restrictions on in-person group singing, the Vocal Constructivists are launching several new initiatives: a youth participation scheme, multiple fragmentary interpretations of Tom Phillips’ Irma, and a remote performance of Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation that will grow incrementally and change infinitely.

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Although we've been quiet on social media, we've been busy planning new initiatives! We're excited to launch Building A New Legacy on 7 August 2020 and we hope you can join us! Register to attend some or all of the sessions by emailing vclegacy2020@gmail.com! More on our website vocalconstructivists.com/

Hello, This is the fediverse presence of the choir the Vocal Constructivists. We make unusual music. Our last project was the opera, 'Irma' by Tom Phillips.

Our current projects include doing a web installation of 'The Metaphysics of Notation' by Mark Applebaum.

In light of current events, we're exploring online performance practice and also doing youth outreach to choirs in Ireland.

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