Sarah Hopkins : Represented Artist

Sarah Hopkins : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Past life melodies : SATB choir by Sarah Hopkins, from the CD This our land

Photo of Sarah Hopkins

Photo: Wayne Petty

Sarah Hopkins is a unique Australian composer-performer, highly acclaimed for her visionary music and inspiring performances for cello, harmonic overtone singing, handbells, choir and the celestial Harmonic Whirlies of her own creation.

With a strong background and training in classical music, over the years she has moved into the realm of holistic music and developed a very distinctive compositional voice. Her solo, ensemble, choral and orchestral compositions demonstrate an expansive and pure musical style which resonates with the space and energy of the Australian landscape as well as the inner landscape of the human psyche.

Hopkins’ most well known works are Past Life Melodies for a cappella choir, Honour the Earth as your Mother for choir, orchestra & didgeridoo, & Reclaiming the Spirit for ensemble with harmonic whirly. Past Life Melodies is currently the most performed Australian choral piece in the USA & has become a standard repertoire piece for many choirs around the world. Past Life Melodies & Honour the Earth as your Mother were performed at the Woodford Folk Festivals (Qld) in 2004 & 2006 to audiences of over 30,000 people.

In 2003 & 2005 Hopkins was commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival to compose two 30 minute works for choir & orchestra: Childers Shining (2003) & Childers Shining: One World (2005). Both productions received standing ovations from the entire audience. Hopkins has since been honoured by having a new rural housing estate near Childers named after her composition Childers Shining.

Hopkins lives in Brisbane and tours both nationally and internationally, performing her own music, running workshops in Harmonic Overtone Singing and Music for the Heart & Soul, and working as an artist-in-residence. Since 1981 she has represented Australia at prestigious events in America, Europe and South East Asia and has toured extensively as a cultural ambassador for the Australian Government. Highlights include: World Expo 2000, Germany; Opening Ceremony of the 4th World Athletic Championships, Germany; Millennium Concert, New Zealand; & Singapore Arts Festival (2006).

Hopkins’ Sky Song music, co-composed with Alan Lamb, was featured on Australia’s Olympic 2000 bid CD.

Sarah’s Harmonic Whirlies – beautiful musical instruments and powerful vibrational healing tools – are available worldwide along with her CD recordings Honour the Earth, Reclaiming the Spirit, Shining, Sky Song (with Alan Lamb): Australia: Sound of the Earth (with Steve Roach and David Hudson); and Sounds of Global Harmony (a unique collaboration with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Anne Norman and Chris Neville).

Hopkins’ music is published by Morton Music & Music for the Soul.


Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2007

Studied with

Richard David Hames

 

Selected Commissions

Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Ancient forests once stood here : for orchestra, harmonic whirlies and optional didjeridu, plus optional SATB or male voice choir (2009) Originally commissioned by the Birralee Blokes for Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival, Brisbane 2008.
Many lives, many songs : for treble voice choir and harmonic whirlies (2007) Commissioned by Vox Femina Los Angeles
Infinite calm : for SATB divisi choir a cappella or accompanied (2005) Composed as part of the Childers Shining: One World commission from the Queensland Music Festival
Infinite calm (satb choir with chamber orchestra) (2005) Composed as part of the Childers Shining: One World commission from the Queensland Music Festival
Digital sheet music sample Five pieces for wind quintet, from Childers shining : wind quintet (2003) ‘Childers shining’ was commissioned by the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music
Aura swirl : percussion ensemble (1986) Composed for the Nightcliff High School Handbell Choir (an Artists-in-Schools project)

SARAH HOPKINS : BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Sarah Hopkins (b. 1958) is a unique Australian composer-performer, highly acclaimed for her visionary music and inspiring performances for cello, harmonic overtone singing, handbells, choir and the celestial Harmonic Whirlies of her own creation.

With a strong background and training in classical music, over the years she has moved into the realm of holistic music and developed a very distinctive compositional voice. Her solo, ensemble, choral and orchestral compositions demonstrate an expansive and pure musical style which resonates with the space and energy of the Australian landscape as well as the inner landscape of the human psyche.

Her unique style of cello playing embraces many new and ancient sounds including musical bird calls, deep earthy drones, lush heartfelt melodies and the haunting rhythms of the didgeridoo which Sarah emulates on her cello

Vocally she specialises in harmonic overtone singing – a magical, other-worldly sound which has its roots in Mongolia and Tibet. Sarah also produces celestial music playing her Harmonic Whirlies weaving together intricate patterns of movement and sound, music and dance.

Sarah lives in Brisbane and tours nationally and internationally, performing her own original music, running workshops in Holistic Music and Harmonic Overtone Singing and working as an artist-in-residence.Since 1981 she has represented Australia at many prestigious events in America, Europe and South East Asia. She has toured as a cultural ambassador for the Australian Government since 1992 to Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Germany, The Philippines, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Highlights include performing for the opening ceremony of the 4th World Athletics championships in Stuttgart, to an audience of over 50,000 people; having her highly acclaimed choral work Past Life Melodies performed by a choir of over 7,000 High School students with orchestra, didgeridoo and harmonic whirlies in the Sydney Olympic Stadium as part of the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Pacific School Games (2000); having her Sky Song music, co-composed with Alan Lamb, featured on Australia’s Olympic 2000 bid CD; plus performing at the World Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.Sarah has performed her solo and ensemble Music for the Soul programs at the prestigious Festival de Musica Visual, Lanzarote, Canary Islands (1996); the Woodford Folk/World Music Festivals Qld (1995-1998); the Brisbane Biennial International Festival of Music (1997); the First National Reconciliation Festival (1998); the Universal Lightworkers Conference Qld (1998); World Expo 2000, Hannover, Germany; Millennium Concert, Christchurch NZ (2000); Singapore Arts Festival (2006); Music by the Sea Festivals (2002 – 2012); Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival (2010) and Mackay Festival of Arts (2010).

Recent projects : Artist-in-Residence during Indigenous Studies Week at Camberwell Grammar, Melbourne (2012, 2013 & 2014); & ‘Voices Across the Pacific Choral Festival’ Sydney & Brisbane (2014).

Sarah combines an open-hearted spirituality with the steely rigour demanded of her craft and makes wonderful music. Her choral, ensemble and orchestral compositions are regularly performed around the globe and her music is studied and performed in Australian schools and universities. Sarah’s creation, the Harmonic Whirlies – beautiful musical instruments and powerful vibrational healing tools – are available worldwide along with her CD recordings Honour the Earth, Reclaiming the Spirit, Sky Song (in collaboration with Alan Lamb) Australia: Sound of the Earth (with Steve Roach and David Hudson) and Sounds of Global Harmony (in collaboration with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Anne Norman and Chris Neville).

Sarah’s versatile and portable style of performance enables her to participate within a wide variety of settings including International Arts and Music Festivals, Corporate Events, Folk and World Music Festivals, Community Arts Centres, Universities and Schools.

She also provides uplifting music for Exhibition Openings, blessing ceremonies, self-development and music therapy groups, earth healing gatherings, weddings, funerals and birthdays.

Sarah’s performances often include unique audience participation events using her sonorous and accessible handbells and Harmonic Whirlies. Playing music like this together can be such a unifying experience where all cultural differences disappear.

Sarah is available for performances, workshops, musician-in-residence projects and composer commissions worldwide.

http://www.sarahhopkins.com/bio.html

DEAN FRENKEL , Australia throat singer

dean frenkel

Dean Frenkel

Dean Frenkel combines the ancient Tibetan technique with modern compositions, creating a unique hybrid musical form. He used his throat singing technique to smash the world record for singing a continuous note.

Dean Frenkel is one of the world’s leading overtone singers and has performed and recorded his vocal harmonics with some of the finest musicians and composers across many genres of music.

These include with Peter Sculthorpe, George Dreyfus, The Nicholas Ensemble, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, Slava Grigoryan, Anne Norman, Jenny Thomas, Mark Clement Pollard, David Jones and Aajinta. He is also formerly a member of music ensembles: Aajinta, Soteria Bell, Mantramancy and the Eternal Choir.

He has created music for soundtracks including multi-award winning ‘Salt’, ‘A Little Bit Mongolian’ and ‘Meta-3,1/Km²’ – a documentary about Iceland.

His throat singing has also been featured on television including for Channel 9’s SUNDAY, ABC STATEWIDE, Guinness World Records Italy, and is regularly appears on radio.

In 2005 he acquired the world record for singing the longest continuous vocal note on “Enough Rope with Andrew Denton”.

Aussie singer smashes world record

Melbourne’s Dean Frenkel has smashed the world record for singing a continuous note, almost doubling the previous record time. Dean not only held his note for 56.92 seconds but he also sang two notes at the same time, playing out harmonic melodies with the higher voice. The previous record for holding one continuous note at a constant volume without wavering in pitch, set by Irishman David McFetridge, was 29.03 seconds. Dean Frenkel describes himself as a “left-field person”, used the ancient technique of throat singing to break the record on the ABC show Enough Rope broadcast on Australia’s ABC TV on 28 March 2005.

Mr Frenkel began teaching himself harmonic singing in the early nineties. He creates a base note in his throat and then shapes his mouth to play melodies with high-pitched harmonic notes. “It is something like having a mosquito in your throat – it is literally a buzz,” he said. “What you have got to do is turn that buzz into a piccolo-like sound.”

Mr Frenkel has researched the ancient art of throat singing practiced around the world from Mongolia to Canada, Congo Sardinia and beyond and is passionate about the history and folklore that surrounds the singing.

He says: “My passion for vocal harmonics began on the banks of the Goulburn River on new year’s dawn, 1993 when I heard a peaceful chap Randall project his high harmonics across the river to my utter disbelief and fascination. To me it was wondrous a human being could make such angelic sounds. I later discovered that any person can make these sounds and rapidly learn the basics. I approached Randall, attempted to mimic his sounds and found a very slight harmonic in accompaniment to my voice. One minute I didn’t know it was possible and the next moment I could sing two notes at the one time. I was utterly delighted! Then fortuitously my car radio broke down. At the time I was taking many long driving trips, and rather than repair it, I devoted my considerable time on the road exploring harmonic sounds and developing my harmonic vocal techniques. The objective was to make my harmonic voice more prominent than my drone voice and hopefully eliminate it to leave the harmonic voice standing out on its own. Eventually I succeeded by hiding my fundamental voice behind the drone of the car and I learnt to listen to the harmonics on their own. Working with sound at every opportunity I jammed with the fantastic Peter Gleeson and met my eventual wife, Linda Laasi, at an audition with a vocal harmonics group. This represents the beginning of a stunning series of journeys which continue to this day.”

Dean Frenkel’s book the 8th Natural Wonder: This is available from Move Records for $25 plus postage and handling. Email us to place your order or make enquiries regarding this book.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Womadelaide Festival 97, Darwin Festival, Soloist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Soloist with Nicholas Chamber Orchestra, Performer with the Patma Family Symphony Orchestra (Nehama Patkin and Pat Miller) ANATS National Conference, the International Voice Symposium, ‘Physics of the Didgeridoo’ (1998-2007) and Creative Innovations 2010, ‘Music for Art’ at Gallery at the Wentworth NSW, Music After Dark – The National Art Gallery, ‘Polyphony at Montsalvat’.

Dean Frenkel is featured on the following titles

Cosmosis

Performer: Vocals, didgeridoo, Composer

The album explores the many combinations throat singing can be presented with. Dean Frenkel has combined his throat singing with a 27 piece childrens choir, guitar and mandolin, with Australian birds, with contemporary piano, in duet with vibraphone, and with a female vocal duo in song format.

Ambient Voice

Performer: Vocals, Composer

Ambient Voice features Dean Frenkel’s haunting harmonic vocals strategically placed over and within the music of outstanding Australian composers, including Mark Clement Pollard, George Dreyfus, Andrew MacGregor and the group Invention in Time.

http://www.move.com.au/artist/dean-frenkel

Performer

Barefoot in the Sky is a fusion of ancient and contemporary; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic, organic and electronic, choral and tribal and more. It traverses many moods that could embody five albums rather than just this one. Its genre title could be ‘ambient space-world jazz’.

Magic Sounds

Performer: Vocals, Composer

Magic Sounds traverses through many music genres – meditation, ambient, chill-out, fine world, soundtrack, spiritual (non-religious) and contemporary choral music.

 

Compositions by Dean Frenkel also appear on

Peter Sculthorpe

Performer, Arranger

A retrospective compilation of some of the highlights of the music of the late Peter Sculthorpe. Many favourites are included.

Learn how to do overtone singing with Susana Calvo

Learn how to do overtone singing with Susana Calvo

Ajoutée le 6 nov. 2014

A basic how to demo on how to create an overtone sound / this is where you sing two notes at once. While sustaining one fundamental note and then controlling your overtones to come through to create a second note and with practice sing scales with your overtones. This is my way of demonstrating this technique without any formal training. I have been practising every day as a way of meditation and sound healing and it has worked wonders for me so far. If you enjoy please like and feel free to subscribe to my channel where it will inspire me to post more videos. Inspiration this far have been people like Anna-Maria Hefele and Nestor Kornblum and miroslav grosser … Check them out 🙂 I hope you all enjoy and slow and steady wins the race lol enjoy :). If you want to hear me sing the song from the titanic movie my heart will go on by Celine Dion , half singing and half overtone singing click here: https://soundcloud.com/susana-calvo-1… on #SoundCloud like my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/Soundcrinicity