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Presenter Profile I Silvia Nakkach

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Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, Grammy® Nominated Composer and Recording Artist. Named by Utne Reader magazine as one of 40 cutting-edge artists that will shake the art world in this new millennium. Silvia is a musician that has cultivated a voice that transports the listeners into the heart of devotion, an award-winning composer, former psychotherapist, and a leading authority in the field of sound and consciousness transformation.

She has been involved in clinical research in the areas of microtonal singing and uses of the voice to induce meditative states, and her albums are widely used in Hospices, Health Centers, and private practice. Her body of work has been integrated in a comprehensive curriculum of scientific vocal and sound and music healing applications known as The Yoga of the Voice, a training that offers national certification, and extended retreats worldwide. Nakkach interest in indigenous music cosmology and spirituality has led her to collaborate with renowned mystics and master teachers of Indian and South American shamanic traditions.

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Presenter Profile | Rhiannon

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SingingRhiannon’s story of passionate commitment to music—especially vocal improvisation—takes us through the twists and turns of her life, from a young girl discovering singing on her family’s Missouri River farm to internationally acclaimed artist and full circle as she combines farming and art on Hawaii Island. In Vocal River, Rhiannon reveals the skill and spirit of improvisation—both onstage and in daily life—for singers, musicians, artists and anyone interested in combining the creative aspects that touch all our lives. Continue reading Presenter Profile | Rhiannon

Ysaye Returns Summer 2015

We are thrilled to have Ysaye Barnwell returning to Hollyhock this summer!

Join her on July 31st thru August 5th for Building a Vocal Community™ on Cortes Island.

Left to right: Laurel Murphy, Rhiannon and Ysaye Barnwell in a moment of spontaneous vocal invention. Filmed during a week-long singing retreat at Hollyhock, Cortes Island in 2001.

Rhiannon is also returning to Hollyhock this summer, but only has a few spots left!

Join her July 12th thru 17th on Cortes Island in her program Vocal River.



Gina Sala|Presenter Profile

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Our voices can lead us into places where compassion, love, creativity, and connection to Love arise naturally. Life gets better. There is a pleasure and power in this kind of singing.

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Laurel Murphy and “The Spontaneous Voice”

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Learning to improvise can be a journey of self-discovery. As you learn to trust and follow your spontaneous impulses you will discover the path to your own, musical heart! Continue reading Laurel Murphy and “The Spontaneous Voice”