Date: 19 May 2022
Cost: £7 advance (plus booking fee) or £10 on the door. Tickets: https://fatso.ma/VMaq
Location: Ascension Church, 282 Stretford Road M15 5TQ Hulme, Manchester UK
Run by: Damien Mahoney
Contact details: 07761384271
Soul Sounds is a monthly communal singing group led by Damien Mahoney, using the Natural Voice approach.
‘If you can talk, you can sing!’ (Zimbabwean expression)
For our ancestors, chants and songs would accompany every kind of activity. Individuals and communities expressed emotions through their songs – joy and celebration, grief and despair. Songs fulfilled a myriad of purposes both practical and profound.
Coming together as a community to reclaim this vital form of expression is a powerful way to loosen and release emotional blockages in the body. It can be particularly helpful for issues relating to communication, creativity and connection to others.
A session will often involve some physical movement, toning and voice warm ups. The musical pieces are often short, using simple call and response chants and songs from around the world.
Damien is a Manchester-based musician and producer. He trained as a workshop leader in 2015 with Frankie Armstrong, inspirational co-founder of the Natural Voice Network. Passionate about the healing power of sound, Damien regularly provides live music for therapeutic events including meditation, dance, breathwork and yoga sessions, retreats and ceremonies. This work includes the live
improvisation trio, The Order Of Love. He also writes, produces and sings for the band Caulbearers. He is the curator of Music As Medicine, a live music event aiming to bring communities together through music & dancing, drawing on world influences and encouraging collaboration and improvisation between artists.
“Natural Voice is about each of us finding a way of connecting to our unique, authentic voices which can help us feel more alive, energised and expressive. My role is to help guide people through this process so we can connect with the healing power of our own and each other’s sounds. There is no need to know musical theory, or be able to read music. The songs and sounds we share are generally learned by ear, in the oral tradition.”
The session will start at 7pm but please arrive from 6.45pm.
Ascension Church in Hulme is a warm, inviting space close to the city centre, with plenty of room for participants and is wheelchair accessible.