Windborne Workshop: Songs of Resistance

Windborne Workshop: Songs of Resistance

Saturday, March 24th

1:00 pm (event ends at 3:30 pm)

Sliding Scale $10-$35

Windborne Workshop: Songs of Resistance
Windborne Concert on Monday, March 26

In addition to performing concerts worldwide, Windborne has taught workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities for the past decade. Experienced teachers and song-leaders, they delight groups young and old, large and small, with enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced instruction and get groups singing in harmony in no time!

Participants of all abilities will learn singing styles from around the world as well as songs of social struggle from movements past and present. All songs will be taught by ear, no experience required (just enthusiasm and willingness to try new things! The workshops are a great opportunity to connect communities, sing out, and gather inspiration and energy from the music of past movements. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the different traditions in which they sing.

Windborne strongly believes that singing is powerful—in communities, as performance, with friends, or with strangers. Today it is important that this power is something that we consider—that we can draw upon in other parts of our lives. Music and art are not neutral; songs can give a voice to those who have none, and has the ability change hearts, even when minds are made up. Sing at protests, organize a song-swap or concert, write a new song and teach it to your friends. Stand up, fight back, and SING OUT!
“Picking up the torch of protest folk song for the next generation...old songs for new struggles.”

Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples' rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries. Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, Windborne is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

“The best musical discovery of the year...Stunningly powerful vocal harmony in the tradition of the Watersons, The Voice Squad, and Coope, Boyes, and Simpson, Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”
-Brian O'Donovan, National Public Radio

"Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard...One of the Best Albums of 2017! "
-SingOut! Radio Magazine

"Spectacularly good, utterly brilliant...a hugely impressive album!"
-Blues and Roots Radio

"Completely enthralled with them from the first notes...their harmonies are gorgeous..." -No Depression