Judi Silvano: Freeing the Voice
Whatever your experience, if you want to explore using your voice and expand your improvisational ideas in a supportive and fun group setting, this is the workshop for you.
Judi Silvano moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1976 to be part of the Loft scene as an improvising dancer and singer. She was soon making waves with her daring horn-like vocal lines, improvisational skills, and extended compositions and signed with Blue Note Records, releasing the widely acclaimed Vocalise, her second of ten recordings as a leader.
Silvano has toured and recorded with jazz greats Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Bill Frisell, Michael Abene, John Lindberg, Gerry Hemingway, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Lewis, Larry Goldings, Mal Waldron, and Bobby Few, among others in the U.S. and Europe.
She has written more than 40 works for voice, piano, woodwinds, harp, string quartet, dance, a cappella vocal groups, jazz ensembles, and big bands. Awarded three grants from Meet the Composer and NY State Council on the Arts, Silvano has been voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat Magazine Reader’s Poll four times. In 2012, two of her chamber pieces to original poetry were featured in concert at NYC’s Symphony Space, and she premiered four new poetry and new music works at the Spoken Word Festival in New York's the Stone with veteran improvisers Ratzo B. Harris and Warren Smith.
As an educator, Silvano taught voice at Rutgers University for ten years; music at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy for six years; International vocal master classes called Freeing the Voice at major universities such as Manhattan School of Music, the New School, University of Vermont, and Jerusalem’s Hassadna Conservatory; and jazz summer workshops at Banff International Center, Stanford University, Lake Placid Institute, Janice Borla’s Jazz Camp, the Vallekilde Workshop in Denmark, and in Xalapa Mexico.
Her educational philosophy is that integrating the awareness of body movement and development of the imagination and listening skills are crucial to becoming a versatile musician and improviser.
For more about this multidimensional artist, please visit judisilvano.com.