Hosted By Kickstart Arts program”Creative Exchange” The Singing Body workshop that took place over the weekend of 29-30 October 2016 celebrated the many ways that voice is used across the globe to create big soft healthy powerful sound. We moved, sang songs and chants from Japan, Russia, Macedonia, America, Italy and South Africa while we found our OWN voice with explorations of range, expressions, resonance and energy. Tasty Sounds Emerged
Since the 1990’s when I was teaching for Australian Theatre for Young People, Sidetrack Theatre, and directing world choir Voices From The Vacant Lot, I developed a vocal teaching practice called The Singing Body.
The Singing body draws from the work of some of my teachers:
Yoshi Oida (Peter Brooke Company)
Zigmund Molik (Jerzy Grotowski Laboratorium)
Janice Slater ( Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen)
Linda Wise (Pan Theatre)
and chance meetings, times of learning with Hukwe Zawose, Sipiwo from the ANC choirs, Gemma Badiola, Laksmi Raman, Won Small Bag Theatre, The musicians of Kunbarllanjnja Western Arnhem land, and many many other musicians and singers from Aotearoa, Russia, Georgia, USA, Ghana, Chile, Croatia, Greece, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, India, France and all over Australia.
The central idea of the singing body is that we as a species evolved to communicate, imitate and celebrate using a combination of our vocal and physical expressions. The links between the way we move, the way we breathe, the way we sing, speak , eat and communicate with the world are multiple, ancient and universal.
I was taught a swag of energy directing exercises from esoteric Buddhism, No Theatre and Shinto, by Yoshi Oida., Phillippe Gaulier showed me the importance of play, Zigmundt Molik – the extension of the voice out of the body by movement. So I’m continuing this exploration of energy, physicality, and play through the individual and group work that I teach.
The physical , energetic and dynamic voice is explored through the lens of a world cultural view. Over the decades, I have tried to gather a broad understanding of the many ways the human being can use voice. We do have the need to communicate, to cajole, to convince, to complain, to contemplate and celebrate in common. But from the herdsmen of Mongolia, to the blues singers of Louisiana, from the polyphony of the Georgian mountains, to the harmonies of the Pacific Islands we as a species have evolved a thousand ways to use our voices. I don’t have a single answer, or technique or style to offer. The Singing Body offers a pathway to explore sound safely and come to a powerful and dynamic ownership of our own voices.
I like to work in groups, because we learn from each other by listening. I like to uncover the particular cultural sounds and expressions that can unlock movement and vocalizations in a group of diverse backgrounds. The Singingbody work borrows songs from the people I have met along the way of my musical journey. I have met most of them in Australia and feel blessed to have the migrant and refugee friends who have taught me so much.
The first Singbody Workshop in a decade will take place in Hobart on the 29th and 30th of October 2016.
SATURDAY- SUNDAY 29th and 30th OCTOBER
10 am – 4pm both Days
Kickstart Arts Centre St Johns Park Newtown
Music from 3 Continents Collides
Moonah Arts Centre SUNDAY 6th December 2pm
Featuring Ma’di Adungu Group, Big Money, Milad Vaezi Persian Band with Saeid Tatality, Ma’di Young Boys, Khaled Zerro Afshin and Favad Hassani, Lady Bella, Shuang Shuang, Afghan Band and MORE
After a year of concerts and recording, this group of amazing musicians from three continents are ready to rock your world. The producers have bought together this all- star group of Tasmanian musicians, who bridge cultures and push boundaries. They bring music from Persia, ASIA, and East AFRICA. Traditional, Lyrical, Pop, Reggaeton and Hip Hop.
Across the Borders of language and genre comes the music of Continental Drift. Tradition and innovation has brought together music from the pop stars of Iran, and the master poets of South India, The village music of Sudan with the dancehall beats of Uganda.
Over the space of 2015, this group of Musicians has been working together to create a new hybrid Tasmanian music. Tradition working with innovation, musicians working across cultural boundaries, this is an exciting development in this state. 25 Musicians have recorded an awesome compilation CD of 25 Songs, and put together a non-stop energetic and powerful show.
Songs of Hearts beating, broken, breathing , dancing waiting.
A Rap song smuggled out of Iran where Hip Hop is illegal,
Traditional Sudanese harp music gives new life to a Ugandan Love song.
A Duet of understanding and star crossed love between Chinese singer and Oromo (Ethiopia) Rapper.
Hip Hop beat that samples the street guitars of Soweto and fights the stupidity of the new civil war in Sudan.
Vocal Rhythmical virtuosity from the great poetic tradition of South India, telling the epic tale of Krishna and the 5 headed serpent Kaalinga.
Songs of Loss, Love, War and Hope.
Music to Dance all day to.
If you believe Refugees are welcome on our shores, If you believe in the future of live music, If you love to meet new cultures and if you love to Listen , This Music will be available on CD and Live from December 6th 2015
Continental Drift is a project assisted by the State Government through Arts Tasmania. We are also supported by Moonah Arts Centre and the Pulse Studios Production Team.
Santhana and Sakthi
Shuang Shuang Zhang
Ahsan and Dav’e Ragalicious
MYB and Lady Bella
Madi Young Boys
Favad and AF Shin
Milad Vaezi Persian Band.
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Cut the Sky was a couple of years hard work for Marrugeku, and not the least for the amazing musicians who helped me bring the sound track together,
Including Future soul Diva Ngaire, Tasmania’s own Don Bate, and a bunch of very talented players, Konrad Parks, Andry Sculthorpe, Kartanya Maynard, Kelly Ottaway, Ruth Langford. All working with fantasticc material from Nick Cave, Buffalo Springfield and Sergio Mendes, Some of the album tracks are here:
and a short 3 minute teaser of the dance is here: https://vimeo.com/marrugeku/cuttheskytrailer
If you want to see or hear more you’ll have to email me at
Bedlam Music Tasmania has just launched a new face book page:
A great place to stay up with the latest work , events and creations from Matthew Fargher, and while you’re at it:
Film and Animation Composition and sound design playlist Check out here:
Theatre and Dance Composition Show reel /playlist you’ll find here:
This year more than 20 amazing musicians from Persia, South Sudan, Pakistan , South India, China, Congo, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Tanzania will be working with Matthew to create new concerts and new Music.
Hybrids of tradition and culture.
Connecting 3 continents through Ragas and Reggaeton, High Life and Hip Hop, Chinese and Persian pop songs, Village songs from Uganda and South Sudan and grooves from the Congo.
The first concert took place in the rain at Benjefield Park
The First Continental Drift concert at Moonah Arts Centre will take place on 22nd March 2015
Since November Last year, Hobart has been a town of flourishing culture. I’m not talking about MONA’s winterwarmer, or even the Festival of Voices. On the stages and loungerooms of the suburbs music from Africa ( Sudan,Eritrea,Congo, Burundi), Afghanistan, Iran , Pakistan and India has been flourishing. From Moonah Nights at the Moonah Arts Centre, Guitar Kitchen Pulse Moonah Taste of the World Ice Grills Moonah Nights Mohi Mahyar Shakthi and Santhanam
All in all some extraordinary Music has landed on our shores, and I’m really excited to be part of that.
Check out these videos for a bit more: