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2017 Golden Bridge Choir
Sun, Jan 8, 2017, 12:30 PM – Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 2:00 PM PST
Join us in the ancient tradition of community building through song as we explore rhythms, harmonies, chants and songs from around the world using our voices to create harmony within ourselves and the world around us. We work in the oral tradition, learning by call and response, thereby making the music accessible to beginners and experienced singers alike. Being bathed in the vibrations of these beautiful songs relieves tension and creates a sense of well being that resonates in the body lasting far beyond the moment . Come raise your voices with us and experience the deep, healing power of singing in community.
Newcomers and beginners are welcome! No sight reading is necessary.
Intro Session: $15 per Intro Session
****First 2 weeks are open to newcomers, January 8th and 15th. If you decide to join after the first or second week, you can then pay the remaining balance for the season.
Full Season Pass: $240
16 Sunday rehearsals culminating in a concert May 7th
Maggie Wheeler is best know in the U.S and internationally for her work as an actress in film , television and voice-over and most notably as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. In 2006 she co-founded The Golden Bridge Community Choir with the belief that singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining our voices in song . Alongside her acting career Maggie has been blessed to follow her soul mission as a singer, song writer, choir director and workshop facilitator. She been teaching her vocal workshop "Singing In The Stream" in and out of Los Angeles for over 20 years . Both the workshop and choir provide the experience of creating interpersonal harmony and internal harmony through the powerful act of creating vocal harmony. Maggie is honored to bring the choir experience to Wanderlust Hollywood.
Emile Hassan Dyer is a vocalist/ multi-percussionist/choreographer/ dancer. He was raised in France and Senegal where he was influenced at an early age by the rhythms and music of West Africa. Emile brings a multicultural perspective to music, drawing on his Cherokee and African heritages while performing the percussion instruments and vocal styles of many cultures. He has worked with such luminaries as: Babatunde Olatunji, Bobby McFerrin, Kevin Locke, Titos Sompas, David Darling, Glen Velez and Jim Scott, as well as Art Baron of the Duke Ellington Big Band. Emile uses vocal and body percussion as well as drums from around the world and extensive vocalese in his musical creations.
In the fall of 2006, Emile teamed up with Maggie Wheeler to co-direct the all-inclusive, non-auditioned, family oriented, Golden Bridge CommunityChoir. They have been teaching together in Los Angeles and around the US and Canada ever since.
Emile deepened his exploration of vocal improvisation with Rhiannon , (one of the founding members of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra), as a participant, and then copilot, for Rhiannon’s year long vocal improvisation intensive "All The Way In". Along with his co- direction of the choir Emile is a member of the Los Angeles based, seven person vocal improv ensemble Fish to Birds.
"We are constantly in awe of your abilities to get everyone harmonizing so quickly. You are a miracle."
Gurmuhk Khalsa – Founder of Golden Bridge Yoga
"Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer have taught workshops and led choral singing at Omega Institute for many years. Their work is nothing short of miraculous. They can take a group of people at all levels of singing ability and through the force of their infectious enthusiasm, turn them into a harmonious choir. I don't know who benefits the most--those of us who get to listen, or those in the choir who experience the creative joy of making music together."
Elizabeth Lesser- Founder Omega Institue
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