Get Off the Grid Fest welcomes onto the Main Stage Saturday at 4:30 NATURAL RHYTHMS: Elise Witt, Terry Garthwaite, Becky Reardon & Rachel Schlafer Parton.
Imagine Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Annie Ross and Edith Piaf taking a turn from Barbara Kingsolver and Dr. Seuss and you’ll have some idea of these mad and moving musical adventures! Whether it’s a plaintive cry for families at the border, a polyrhythmic improvisation on the physics of sound, an anthem to the preservation of wild rivers and oceans, or a musical ride on the love train, Terry, Becky & Elise cook from the minute they hit the stage. Bringing three radically different voices to the blend, their voices find each other in that mysterious world of harmony in diversity. The trio’s concerts are also famous for getting the audience singing, and even self-professed “non-singers” find themselves part of an Impromptu Glorious Chorus™.
And, in the Dance Tent Saturday noon – AN IMPROMPTU GLORIOUS CHORUS™: A Community Singing Circle Workshop. Singing together will take us deeply into the experience of being held and lifted by the sound of our voices making music together. We will be singing songs of celebration, ceremony and community, songs celebrating the earth and our own spirit and creativity, songs of healing and passage, songs of playfulness and joy. We will explore our wildly versatile voices in the rainbow of colors available to us individually and as an ensemble.
Each member of the Trio brings her specialty to the circle. Drawing from her love of diverse melodies and rhythms, Elise might introduce a Brazilian samba, a Congolese storysong, an Italian round, or four-part harmonies from Zimbabwe. Becky’s connection to nature and jazz brings us to listening deeply to our own voice and each other, as we experience the being-in-the moment of easy improvisational games. Deeply rooted in rhythm, Terry introduces songs and games interweaving and interlocking us in vocal percussion. There are also lots of Terry/Becky/Elise originals, plus songs from the African American tradition, quirky rounds, food songs, and lots more! All of the songs are broken down into easily learnable parts and become thrilling to sing in a group. Even people who think they “can’t carry a tune in a bucket” in no time find themselves part of an Impromptu Glorious Chorus™. Music reading is not a prerequisite.
To find out more about Elise’s and Natural Rhythm’s work please visit elisewitt.com