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May 27, 2008

VOXYmusic Presents Concert by Vocal Workshop Participants

Written by
cindy mcleod

vocal jazz, Canada

Friday, June 6
VCC King Edward Campus, Vancouver

Singer’s 10 Week Workshop Series Culminates in Performance

During the past ten weeks, 20 vocal students have spent their time developing their voices, imaginations and improvisational skills in a workshop series run by two leading Vancouver voice clinicians, Kate Hammett-Vaughn and Carol Sawyer.

Founded and directed by Kate Hammett-Vaughan and Carol Sawyer, VOXYmusic is a 10-week series of vocal improvisation workshops based in the community. The series culminates in a concert slated for Friday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m., when VOXYmusic presents the choir of 20 voices and their two leaders at the VCC King Edward Campus in Vancouver. The evening will feature solos and small ensembles, as well as conducted and spontaneous works for improvising choir.

Kate Hammett-Vaughan

Acclaimed as one of Canada’s most distinctive jazz singers, Vancouver-based Kate Hammett-Vaughan’s adventurous, assured and hip vocals have earned her three Juno nominations. The Toronto Star hails her as “a marvelous storyteller… with the knack of making everything she attempts sound newly minted”, while Coda Magazine simply calls her “the finest jazz standards singer in Canada.” A performing and recording artist for over two decades, and one of the west coast’s best-known jazz singing instructors, Kate’s eclectic musical projects include improvising ensembles, performance art, and occasional guest hosting of CBC radio shows such as Disc Drive and After Hours.

Carol Sawyer

Carol Sawyer is known for her work with improvisational jazz and avant-garde classic ensemble Ion Zoo, which the vocalist co-founded with multi-instrumentalist Steve Bagnell in the early 2000’s. Sawyer is also a prominent visual artist working primarily with photography, installation, video and improvised music. Currently on the faculty at Emily Carr Institute, Carol has exhibited solo and group shows across Canada and the U.S. Her work has been collected by the Canada Council Art Bank and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. She lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

For more info email katehv@shaw.ca

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