YOUR VOICE IS AN INSTRUMENT
VOXPLORATION is a award-winning class on spontaneous music creation, theater, and improvisation, open to musicians, actors, dancers, and non-musicians alike of all levels of experience. Participants use the voice and the body as an instrument solely, and they also explore the integration between various forms of art, including theater, dance, music, and visual arts, all while composing scenes and musical numbers in a highly interactive, powerful, and intuitive way. Clarice teaches vocal techniques such as beatbox, overtone singing, and other effect based sounds as part of the class, as well as body percussion, employing rhythmic notation that is accessible to anyone, even with no music theory training.
People learn quite a lot about their voices, their bodies, and how to listen to each other to create musical numbers and theatrical improvisations that are worked out during the class in smaller groups and then presented to the entire class. Participants become more connected and may have deeply transformational experiences because the course is rooted in being in the present moment. A significant amount of concentration is required for the class to flow, but because the engagement level is so high, people often forget they are in an intensive attention mode. In today’s world, which is filled by distraction, VOXploration comes to the fore as an empowerment tool for self-discovery, connection, and unmatched levels of creativity.
VOXPLORATION has received awards from Brazilian foundations such as CAIXA CULTURAL and SESC, as well as American grants from New Music USA and the McKnight Foundation. It has traveled to Brazil, Qatar, Europe and has been taught extensively in the United States, creating ripples of positive and lasting effects in many young and adult people’s lives.