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Freiburg March 2015



The fourth LEO Sings! session took place in Freiburg – Germany on March 5th-8th 2015. Entitled “Cooperation and Networks in European Vocal Music”, it focused on how singers, singing teachers, choir conductors and vocal music organizers can improve the framework for singing, teaching and marketing choir and a cappella music based on the infrastructure and the ideas that have already been out there.

Obviously, after three previous sessions of this European Union lifelong learning project, the participants could make use of the results of the Barcelona, Aalborg and Tours conferences. Also, the members of the project partners and other participants who joined several of the meetings benefited from the growing LEO Sings! team spirit.

The three main event days focused on the main questions and you can find some examples of lectures and activities that made these topics come alive :

What's already out there? Analyzing the European vocal music infrastructure by best practice examples, musical presentations, expert panels and the collective building of a European vocal music map :

  • The European Vocal Music Map: All participants collaboratively created a vocal music map, adding the events, workshops and associations they know from all over Europe
  • Contemporary Pop Choir (Christian Ronsfeld): The international audience practiced a German pop hit that became a FIFA World Cup anthem
  • Presentation of the Tri-National Choir Academy “Choeur3” (Denis Haberkorn)
  • Workshop “Gesture and Sound” (Cathérine Fender)
  • World Café introducing five movers and shakers from very different vocal music events
  • Beatbox Lab: Interactive introduction of contemporary vocal percussion (Indra Tedjasukmana, Tobias Hug, Julian Knörzer)

What's the challenge? What's in it for me? Discussing the trials and tribulations, the joy and the satisfaction of singers, conductors and organizers in their everyday business as well as presenting a toolbox for vocal music activists :

  • Debating: “Competitions – a force for good in the vocal music world?” (Moderator: Peter Martin Jacob)
  • Presentation of the European Union project “VOICE” / Survey “Singing in Europe” (Eva Greiner, Europa Cantat)
  • Lecture: “Why and how amateur music making must be supported by conservatories” (Jeremy Cox, European Music Council)
  • Group work: “The Vocal Music Organizer's Toolbox”
  • Live-Online-Learning Session with Niels Bosworth (in Freiburg), Peder Karlsson, Jim Daus Hjernoe and Jesper Holm (all live via web video from the Royal Academy of Aalborg and Aarhus)

Shaping the future of European vocal music. Introducing innovative ways of singing together. Reviewing LEOsings and taking networking to the next level :

  • Presentation: “Unconventional Choirs” (Tobias Hug, LEOsings Freiburg Artistic Director)
  • The European Vocal Music Map – Discussion and feedback by participants
  • Presentation: The Vocal Music Portal / The Vocal Music Open Data Exchange Format (Florian Städtler, EVA)
  • LEOsings – what's next? (Project partners' representative)
  • Video interviews with musical innovators about the future of European vocal music
  • Interactive Workshop: Instant Loop Station composing (Tobias Hug, Indra Tedjasukmana)
  • Gala concert: Jazzchor Freiburg (director: Bertrand Gröger) “Schwing”

On Sunday, before everybody left for his home country, the participants created a unique piece of documentary. Instead of the usual wrap-up and participant feedback, the group composed, rehearsed and live recorded a summary of the session. These “Musical Minutes” spontaneously ended with another question, that represents the spirit of innovation and curiosity that was so typical for the whole LEOsings project: “What's next?” (Watch the video here.).

Here is the complete report of what happened in Freiburg, the vocal capital of the Black Forest during 5 days :

Report LEO Sings! Freiburg

Resources of the session in Freiburg :