Voice, self, community & environment
As human beings we are vocal beings. Through the evolution process we’ve gained a very powerful organic instrument to express ourselves. Voice starts in one individual but it connects you with the environment, floats further than your body. It is a basic tool to communicate with other human and non-human individuals.
During pandemic time, singing became a forbidden activity which can cause harm. It acquired new connotations and meanings. Singing has become an endangered species of human expression, “What is not profitable to survive, it will be ruthlessly exterminated at the end of evolution”, says the musicologist Eckart Altenmüller. From this perspective the variety and complexity of vocal expression we offer at this point of our evolution, proofs that we needed it for survival and further development. Except speaking, singing and other vocal forms are integral part of all the cultures we know. The beginnings of human vocal expression are closely related to the ability of spontaneous imitate the sounds of its environment — birds chirping, stones cracking, all sorts of animal sounds, rustling leaves, shimmering rain — these and other rich sources of rhythms and melodies, occurring in nature, were stimulating and inspiring for human beings to develop their musical skills.
And those origins of musicality each of us carry more or less deep, within the whole, individual being. However, in the process of socialisation, our voices often lose most of their original power and potential. Living in cramped urban environment far from the natural open spaces significantly affects the quality of our vocal expression. At the same time, we are immersed in a culture that sends us a pretty brutal message about the exclusivity of the act of singing – you should have talent, special conditions or proper education to do it. This limits the opportunities and deprives situations that ensure free exploration of this unique, organic instrument while implying the vocal impotence of the individual.
Because of the above, often happen that in daily life we’re using only a small amount of the true potential of our voice and mostly – for talking. However there is so much more to explore, to dig out, to experience and embody. And here I am entering the spot of my biggest interest – when the true fire comes into my heart. In this specific part of human vocality where I can find the essence, the bond, the old, raw energy which has build human communities for generations.
I believe a conscious voice practice brings a deep transformation and healing. It can facilitate the entrance into a very special state of self-trust and therefore – openness for the true connection with the world and other beings.
Elements of my voice practice
I have an access to a unique mixture of different educational tools. In my method you will find elements of a solid, classical vocal warm-up with a pinch of an academic, music therapeutic approach but there is also a huge part of it which is more wild and flexible. This field of my method is an effect of a profound research in voice matter as a vocal performer, women circles facilitator, sound artist as well as emotional and collective being. Working with people with different backgrounds in diverse contexts, gave me the opportunity to observe and learn in the frames of pure experiencing. I am carrying this unique, embodied knowledge, always ready to grow and this is the core of my voice work and method.
Come, dive with me
If you feel that you would like me to be your voice guideress, I will be honored to be a part of your life path.
I am giving 1:1 sessions in Berlin as well as online. Occasionally I am also organizing group courses & workshops.
You can reach out to me through the contact form HERE.
Photos: Stefanie Kulisch
Wandering through forest - white voice & archaic songs
A significant element of my practice is “white voice”, which is a general, modern therm for an archaic vocal technique based on the open throat singing. It’s strongly connected to traditional Slavic folk songs and their specific cultural, historical and ecological context.
It can be described as a mixture of singing and shouting. I also like to say “raw voice” because it’s very radical and expressive, pierces space with its intensive vibration.
“White voice” origin is rural space, where human voice had to confront with open, endless space or crowded indoors. It was connected to a rhythm of the diverse songs of the given community, connected to daily work, rituals and celebrations.
To call out a message to a lover through the wide lake.
To give a signal to animals while shepherding.
To sing together with a community during the harvest season.
To sing alone in the forest because you simply bored.
In examples above “white voice” would be an organic response from the body to the need of “crossing the space” with your voice.
“White voice” is a pure vocal energy which grew from rural surrounding “White voice” is freeing, energizing, strongly bonding with other people. It is also a solid tool to build self-confidence. It helps to understand how our voice & body are connected and it has huge potential to release physical & psychical tensions.