The Vak Choir

108 "Everyday" Voices Perform a Musical Awakening at YBCA
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Vak Choir
Music
Oakland
United States
7 Team Members
The Vak Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Vak Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 

"This is one of the most beautiful things

to happen to me in a long time."  

                                            — Karrishma, Vak Choir Member   

WHAT IS VAK?

Vak is the ancient Indian Goddess who brings the world into being through sound. We are the Vak Choir, inspired by the idea of Vak, and the vivifying power of voice and listening. We practice ancient yogic sound techniques that we've discovered bring great benefits to our modern lives. And we've been asked to perform at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this fall.

Six months ago Vak Choir Director and professional vocalist Ann Dyer was commissioned by the YBCA to create a full-length concert inspired by her many years of exploration of ancient Indian sound practices. Ann titled the new work Vak: Song of Becomingand decided to build it on an enormous, sonorous foundation of vocal resonance.

And so the Vak Choir was born. 108+ "everyday" voices exploring how voice and deep listening can awaken us to different dimensions of awareness. We have quickly grown to over 150 choir members, people now passionate about their new connection to sound and self, and eager to "share the love" in performance this fall at the YBCA.

Vak does, indeed, seem to have a mighty momentum all her own. What began as a concert, quickly became a choir, and is now The Vak Project, with plans destined to outlive our premiere at the YBCA, including future performances and educational outreach programs that inspire and awaken through voice and listening.

And we need your help to move forward.

 

THE CHOIR

 

"It's actually like I'm tuning my soul!" — Scott

“I find myself singing, in the car, in the house, walking down the street, and it feels really good.  And I've never done that before.” — Cathy

“The Vak Choir is taking chanting that is sometimes done in yoga class to a new level of experience"– Brooke  

"It's as if my head has fallen into my heart." — Simmy

The Vak Choir is a diverse group of over a hundred people (and growing!) who are discovering the power and beauty of their own voice — many for the first time — through the study of yogic sound practices.  The Choir meets weekly (a session in San Francisco and another in Oakland) learning skills and understandings about sound and voice to support their upcoming YBCA performance, but more importantly, that benefit their day-to-day lives now, and for years to come.

 

 THE CONCERT 

Vak: Song of Becoming is a contemporary, interdisciplinary concert experience which explores the profound impact of sound — and particularly voice — has on our experience of being. Co-composed by Ann Dyer and Tim Volpicella, with choreography by Erika Chong Shuch, this unique work features vocalist Ann Dyer and the Vak Choir performing with a progressive ensemble of Bay Area-based musicians including bassist John Shifflet, drummer Jason Lewis featured soloist, saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh.  The full-length concert carries the audience through a musical experience inspired by the sound meditations performed by hatha yogis of the medieval period, gradually moving from a state of everyday awareness into increasing deeper, more subtle dimensions of attention. 

Vak: Song of Becoming blurs the lines between audience and performer, time and space, ancient and contemporary, aesthetic and spiritual in a concert experience that Dyer refers to with a smile, as a "modern musical awakening.” 

THE NEED 

The YBCA has given us a generous commission to launch this project. But concert production in a state-of-the-art union facility costs more than a song. We need your help to raise the additional funds to support the artistic and healing goals of the program. Your contributions will go toward:

summer rehearsal space large enough to accommodate over 100 people. 

technical support for this production which requires the finest sound engineering.

public programs in "sound and self" offerred free to the public this summer.

artist wages for our incredibly talented Bay Area based artists.

• video documentation to help us support future Vak Choir activities.

 

 HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. Make a financial donation. All donations are tax deductible (above value of gift) AND come with generous thank you gifts we think you'll love, like free yoga classes, passes to the cast party, yoga and chanting retreats, Vak Choir-infused mala beads and more. Waive your perks to make your donation 100% tax-deductible!

2.Help spread the word. If you believe in what we’re doing, please telli your friends about this campaign. Just emailing this video to 10 friends, reposting on your Facebook page, or Tweeting about it will make a significant difference.

3. Join the Vak Choir.  If you live in the Bay Area, start enjoying the benefits of opening to your voice and deepening your sense of sound by joining the choir AND perform with us at the YBCA September! Two new sessions starting in April, one in the East Bay and the other in San Francisco. 

 

We really appreciate your support and are so excited to see what we can do together to create this inspiring concert this fall and beyond.

 

THANK YOU!  

Ann Dyer and the Vak Choir

 

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    • The Vak Choir’s Infinite Gratitude • your name as a sponsor in the program (fully tax-deductible)

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    • Audio download of live recording of Premiere Performance of Vak: Song of Becoming • plus previous prizes (fully tax-deductible)

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    • 3-month subscription to The Inspiration Series at Mountain Yoga • plus previous prizes (amount over $60 is tax-deductible)

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    GAYATRI. Goddess of Song

    • 1 complimentary ticket to premiere performance of Vak: Song of Becoming • Vak Choir chant-infused mala beads and instructions for personal use. • plus previous prizes (amount over $93 is tax-deductible)

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    • Access to the private Vak: Song of Becoming Dress Rehearsal • one month unlimited pass to all Ann Dyer yoga classes • plus previous prizes (amount over $173 is tax-deductible)

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    SARASWATI. Goddess of Music.

    • two tickets (total) to premiere of Vak: Song of Becoming • Invitation for two to the Cast After-Party • Private Singing/Chanting Lession (in person or by Skype) with Ann Dyer • plus previous prizes (amount over $198 is tax-deductible)

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    2 nights at Mayacams Ranch in Calistoga. Does not include other perks. (amount over $550 is tax-deductible)

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    • Registration to Yoga Chanting Weekend Retreat in Calistoga with Ann Dyer (Aug 15-17, 2013, double occupancy) • plus previous prizes (amount over $637 is tax-deductible)

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    Sojourn to World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, Morocco with Ann Dyer June, 2014. Does not include any other perks. (amount over $1,895 is tax-deductible)

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    • Registration for ONE to to Yoga Chanting in Mexico Retreat with Ann Dyer (one week Dec 8-14, 2013, double occupancy, airfare not included). Plus previous perks, with the exception of Hamisini, Mahashweta, and Matangi (amount over $1,316 is tax-deductible)

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