The second section of the morning focused on light and began with a short warm-up/focus/energizer activity using traffic lights and a previously taught song. Students would either internalize, use different ways to vocalize song, or sing normally. This led to a piece called “My Little Flashlight” involving, you guessed it, little flashlights. This was a visually captivating experience and went very well with the theme. It even included some recorder improvisation to add another layer. After that,more fun with lights in the form of glowsticks was had with a competitive rhythm activity. To cap off the morning a choreographed piece based around Madonna’s Ray of Light was shared. Lunch time brought a welcome short reprieve from such a wide array of activities.
After lunch the focus shifted to colours and we were in for a real treat with the pieces shared. It’s hard to describe the first piece Orange without resorting to clumsy language. Suffice it to say it used a mode that would is not often heard, that being the Locrian mode, to great effect. This piece was captivating in both its unique modality and in its otherworldly sounds. The use of instruments like the log drum, and different mallets for the barred instruments led to some amazing music making. The overall urgency conveyed through the movement and instruments made for a fantastic overall presentation. The colour blue was to come next and could not have been more different from its counterpart orange. Though it was much calmer and familiar in tonality, it still maintained a slightly ethereal feeling which connected well with, with the quirky piece, Orange.
The day was full of excitement and hard work and it would be safe to say that everyone came out of the experience richer for it. Thank you to Sean and Steph for such a wonderful workshop!