Most of us singers and musicians were first inspired by the music of someone else. This workshop will allow you to tap into such past or present inspiration by starting to shape a tribute project that presents the music of a notable performer or composer/lyricist. Whether you’re drawn to Sarah Vaughan or Adele, Rodgers & Hammerstein or “Hamilton,” Miles Davis or Marvin Gaye, through a tribute project you can pay homage, find inspiration, stretch your musical vision and abilities, and create a frame for new work. You don’t have to commit to actually carrying out the project, whether a recital or even a recording — just get your feet wet and play with this concept through this fun workshop. First Lisa B will present some seminal tribute projects. Then she will help you start to shape a project of your own. We’ll explore your attraction to a particular artist or performer; sketch out aspects of your unique project vision in terms of mood, era, and songs; start to define elements such as instrumentation and arrangements; and use worksheets, provided in the workshop, to outline project tasks and create a budget. Come play within this framework for musical inspiration and growth! (If you're an instrumentalist, let me know and I'll include material that tilts your way.)
Borders Books and Music, many stores, Northern Calif.
Beyond Baroque, Venice, Calif.
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, Port Townsend, Washington
Cafe Gianlucca, New York City
Cafe Pink House, Saratoga, Calif.
California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the JazzSchool), Berkeley, Calif.
Cava 555, San Francisco
The Clarion Cafe, San Francisco
Club Muse, Albany, Calif.
Coco Club, San Francisco
The Coffee Mill, Oakland
The Coffee Society, Cupertino, Calif.
Das Klub/1055 Howard, San Francisco
The Donnell Library, New York City
E3 Playhouse, Santa Cruz, Calif.
East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey, Calif.
The Elbo Room, San Francisco
Expressions Gallery, Berkeley
First St. Cafe, Benicia, Calif.
Folcrom, San Francisco
Foothill Community College, Los Altos, Calif.
Hanno's in the Alley, San Francisco
Harmony Festival, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif.
The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito
HEAR Music Store, Berkeley
The Hotel Utah, San Francisco
Hyatt on Union Square, San Francisco, and Hyatt Regency, Oakland
Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco
Jazz & Blues Company, Carmel, Calif.
The Jazz House, Berkeley
Jewish Community Center, Marin County, Calif.
Kelly’s, Alameda, Calif.
Kimball's Carnival, Oakland (Commissioned Poem and Performance, Memorial for Jazz Activist/KPFA-DJ Doug Edwards)
The Lab Theatre, San Francisco
La Mama Theatre (La Galleria), New York City
La Pena, Berkeley
Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt, Oakland, Calif.
The Lobby, Oakland, Calif.
The Luggage Store, San Francisco
Mason Street Wine Bar, San Francisco
Max's Diner & Bar, Downtown Oakland, Calif.
MIck's, San Francisco
Montclair Jazz Festival, Oakland, Calif.
Musically Minded Academy, Oakland, Calif.
New College of California, San Francisco
New Delhi Restaurant, San Francisco
New George’s, San Rafael, Calif.
New Performance Gallery (ODC), San Francisco
Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga, Calif.
Paradise Lounge, San Francisco
Pasand, San Francisco
Pearl’s, North Beach, San Francisco
Piaf’s, San Francisco
The Poetry Center, San Francisco
Quiet Storm, San Francisco
Rasputin’s Records, Berkeley
Rasselas, San Francisco
Redwood City Summer Concert Series, Calif.
Rising Spirits Cafe, San Francisco
Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
San Francisco Socialist School
San Francisco State University
Santa Cruz Poetry Festival
Savanna Jazz Club, San Francisco
Shanghai 1930, San Francisco
Short on Attitude, San Francisco
Skyline Community College, Pacifica, Calif.
Small Press Traffic, San Francisco
The Sound Room, Oakland, Calif.
Spike's Speak, San Francisco
Tattoo Rose Cafe, San Francisco
Tropical Haight, San Francisco
Union Hotel, Benicia
University of California, Santa Cruz
Voulez-Vous, Berkeley, Calif.
WomenROCK 5th Anniverary Concert, The Box Factory, San Francisco
The WOW Cafe Theatre, New York City
The Writer’s Center, Washington, D.C.
Zebulon’s, Petaluma, Calif.
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Past participants had this to say:
"The information presented helped me to connect with my spirit and improved my confidence. I would recommend this workshop to all singers." - M.G.
"The workshop covered a wide range of topics and techniques that I can apply to my singing. The information was understandable from every level, beginning to advanced, and adaptable." - J.B.
"I really enjoyed the combination of energy and vocal work." - C.R.
"What a wonderful workshop today! What I appreciated most was that it was not your typical workshop — exercises, sing a song. It truly was a complete overview — mind, body, and spirit." - O.J.
"The workshop was amazing. I really enjoyed the guided meditations and learning about the chakras. Still thinking about it all!" - J.T.
"Great start to discovering the artist in myself." - T.H.
"Thanks for reconnecting me to my spirit self. I forgot the little girl who just loves to sing."
"I thoroughly enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the marrying of technique and spiritual/emotional awareness." - L.W.
Workshops and Classes - Previous
"The Complete Singer: Spiritual, Practical, and Technical Tools to Help You Realize Your Musical Dreams (aka Mind-Body-Spirit Tools for Singers)": co-taught with Daria: Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Feb. 2015; GuitarWorks, Novato, Calif.,August 2014; and Lisa's Home, Oakland, Calif., May 2014
"The Singer's Life: Where to Start (and How to Keep Going)": The Jazzschool, Berkeley, Calif., October 2011
Poetry Writing Teacher:Anna Yates Elementary School, Emeryville, Calif., 2nd/3rd/4th Grades, Fall 2007 - Spring 2012, Fall 2014 - present
Poetry Writing Workshop Leader:Mercy Housing After-School Program, Peanut Butter and Jamm Music Session for Kids, Spring 2010
Poetry Writing & Performance with Musicians, Workshop Leader:Allendale Recreation Center, Oakland, Calif., Kids Ages 6 - 12 (including Final Performance w/ Paul van Wageningen, drums, and Aaron Shaul, bass), Summer 2008
"Vocal & Energetic Techniques for Self-Healing & Finding Your Creative Path," Workshop Leader: Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Workshop for Adults, co-taught w/ Vicki Burns, January 2008
Program and Outreach Coordinator:Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, 2003-2004
Guest Poet:Skyline Community College, San Francisco State University, Galileo High School (San Francisco), Soquel High School (Santa Cruz County)
Workshop Leader/Poet & Performer:Foothill College Writers Conference, Summer 1995 and 1990
Associate Director of The Poetry Center and Lecturer in Creative Writing:San Francisco State University - Two-year term, Fall 1989 - Spring 1991
Friday, August 8th, 2008 11:29 PM PDT
Bookstore Performances and Radio Station Interviews
Bonanza Books, Walnut Creek, California
Bound Together Bookstore, San Francisco
Cody’s Books, Berkeley
Diesel Books, Emeryville, California
Different Light Bookstore, San Francisco
Grand Piano Bookstore, San Francisco
Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco
Talking Leaves Bookstore, San Francisco
Voice of America, International Broadcast
KCSM-FM, San Mateo KPFA-FM, Berkeley KKUP-FM, Cupertino KSCO-AM, Santa Cruz KZSU-FM, Stanford University KALX-FM, Berkeley KPOO-FM, San Francisco KUSF-FM, San Francisco KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz KZSC-FM, Santa Cruz WLHC-FM, Raleigh, North Carolina
Friday, August 8th, 2008 3:24 PM PDT
Grants and/or residencies from the Puffin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Master's and bachelor's degrees in creative writing/English literature
6 CDS with airplay and charting on trade-reporter radio and web stations
Author of The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry)
Poems published in more than 60 literary magazines