ParaTheatrical ReSearch
in association with Vertical Pool Productions presents
"Songs as Vehicles"
(experimental choral structures; CD)

click images above for production details on this CD

This project developed over three months (two 3-4 hour sessions a week; Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice, 2004). We worked with one song each, self-chosen from our genetic ancestry, to discover and buiild a personal vehicle for expressing that song’s mystery. This process happened in solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and ever-expanding arrays of choral cacophonies. No matter what you hear in this recording, everybody is singing a different song.


We are not improvising in the common theatrical sense of that term. The songs structures are set. However, these structures tend to bend and wander depending on the internal sources we are accessing in the moment. We are not randomly toning. All the sounds you hear stem from each of the songs themselves. We have taken our cues from the jungle birds whose individual songs approach cacophonies of call and response, all the while maintaining their unique integrities. This was the experiment, the process and the goal.

Recorded inside the cavernous Marin Headlands bunkers (2004/2005).


The Singers & Their Cultural/Genetic Sources


Top row, left to right: JoJo Razor (Scotland), Lily Nova (France), Julian Simeon
(Philippines), Olga Kupriyanova (Bulgaria), Gary Belanoff (Russia), Robin Coomer
(Ireland), Bottom row, left to right: Nick Walker (Autism), Linda Rose (Sicily),
Antero Alli (Finland), and Sylvi Pickering-Alli (the Deep South, USA).




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The Song-as-Vehicle Lab page
overview and techniques employed

The Embodied Voice process
Sylvi Alli interviewed on the Embodied Voice Process

Paratheatre Video Documents on dvd
"Dreambody Earthbody", "Orphans of Delirium"

Paratheatre F.A.Q.
infrequently asked questions


MP3 file
from "Songs as Vehicles"


Vertical Pool Site Map