This DVD was filmed at a one day workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at the San Francisco Community Music Center of San Francisco (SFCMC). It presents selected Body-Mind Centering® principles of embodied anatomy and their relationship to movement and music making/singing for creative expression.
Through movement, sound, touch and mindfulness, this video explores:
- How to use the body effectively to produce high quality musical performances.
- How to improve breathing, tone, coordination, strength and technical proficiency.
- How to use the 3-dimensionality of the pelvic, thoracic, and vocal diaphragms for fuller expression and volume.
- How to enrich the expressiveness of the music and sound by engaging organ mobility and support through improvisation.
- How to engage the dynamics of perceptual processing.
- How to be fully present and comfortable in your body while performing.
Two discs; 3 hours, 45 min. English subtitles.
Why participants attended this workshop:
“I’m here today because I’d like to find a way to really feel the music and not just produce it mechanically, as I was taught.” Angeline
“I came to this workshop because I want to learn techniques on how to become a more efficient musician and how to connect the mind, body, and spirit.” Carla
“I’m curious about mind-body-somatic awareness fusion awareness with music, vibration, sound and all that.”. Erik
“I’m looking to be more relaxed and expressive in my performance.” Amelia
“I would like to breath and live more in my body.” Paul
“You look at things in such a unique way with such a unique perspective, that this is definitely one of the most important parts of the training that I do for myself.” Rebecca
“I’m looking for more freedom in playing, and clearer internal connections.” Joe
“I do mostly improvised music so much of the time I’m playing my body. So I guess there’s no end to things you can learn about your body that can transmute into the music.” Ron
“I feel like I get to explore so many different ways of connecting to myself with this work and it helps me really understand the world I’m living in too, in creative expression.” Angela
“I’m a nervous performer and I’m also studying somatics… so I thought this would be a good bridge for me to bridge the music world and somatics and all those internal nerves that happen for me.” Rosa
“I originally started getting interested in somatics because I injured myself touring a lot.” Emily