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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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Rhythmic Vocal and Singing Workshop
Ages 15+

Join vocalist Loire Cotler on a multi-cultural journey exploring rhythmic vocals. Loire will share the mystical drum language of South India, along with simple movements and clapping patterns. Experience the thrill of participating in a rhythmic vocal ensemble within a supportive and celebratory environment.


When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond


Loire Cotler

“Ta Ka Di Mi Doo-dn Be-Op Di Mi Ta Ka thom doom DHUM Jaah nu sah pah … “ Don’t ask. Just listen. Because you have to hear it to believe it. It’s a staccato swing that’s alive– essential and timeless – passionately explored by an artist named for a river that has spawned centuries of accomplishment and creativity.

For Rhythm Vocalist Loire Cotler, life has always been about the natural rhythm of the universe which has propelled her into a life, like her music, that is defined by pure cadence and pulse. Loire has now done no less than create an entirely new genre using the intimate power of her voice as a rhythm instrument.

She calls upon a distant past of sacred ritual and echo vocal traditions (the Jewish nigunim, Middle Eastern taksim and Konnakol Indian drum language). Improvising compositions that are both hypnotic and playful, she’s an artist in total command of her unique craft. Phrases like “Peerless artistry” (The Jerusalem Post), “Astonishing” (Chicago Tribune), “Jaw dropping dexterity” (Chicago Classical Review) are commonly used to describe her.

Becoming a Rhythm Vocalist wasn’t the point at the beginning. Loire’s childhood break from the constraints of rote learning like the Suzuki piano method into early study of Music Therapy and eastern philosophies led beyond western discipline and into musics of the world. There was no way to keep a classical leash on her training. An incredible solo by the legendary Cuban percussionist Cándido when she was eleven actuated her own sense of timing and space, launching lifelong karmic encounters with master drummers and percussionists all over the world.

But her work today is a culmination of so much exploration and acclaim: WNYC, PBS, CBS, Italian and Spanish National Radio– Loire is accomplished in all genres. Her first jazz mentor as a teenager at the Long Island HS for the Performing Arts, Dave Burns (Trumpeter with Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk), quickly recognized her innate ability and introduced her to the art of scat-singing.

Creating herself as a world class Rhythm Vocalist only happened as a result of first mastering a bold, eclectic repertoire from Medieval to Be-Bop and World Music to Avant-Pop. She sings from the Great American Songbook with a jazz style all her own, and often bridges both in the same performance. She is as adept with piercing Konnakol as she is with, say, her own original compositions or a dreamy interpretation of the Carmichael/Mercer jazz standard “Skylark.” The New York Times has called her work “explosive.”

On then, to collaborations with Grammy Award winners Glen Velez, Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, and performances with Chitravina Ravikiran, Nina Stern, Kepa Junkera and Milica Paranosic. These iconic artists have helped create the perfect combustion to ignite the multi-directional textures of her work that include recording for film and TV with film composers Robert Miller, Edward Bilous, sound designer Bill Chesley and film editor Bruce Ashley.

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 Blue Sage Gallery, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia
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Workshop Prices

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Register for both Glen & Loire’s Workshops ($50):