Find the power & joy of your voice through workshops and private sessions.
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About Voice DNA
Do you feel shy and have a fear of being judged when you try to sing ? Or perhaps you are a confident singer but feel like you could get freer and more creative with your voice ?
Voice DNA is an empowering and creative workshop series to help release your authentic voice.
In a safe and playful space, we go on a deep exploration of the voice and the sounds it can make. Powerful techniques are utilised such as deep breathing, toning, sound healing, conscious movement, vocal games, improvisation, circle singing and live looping.
Voice DNA helps dissolve blockages around your voice and its creative expression, which mostly stem from self-judgment, negative beliefs and the desire to sound perfect. We invite more joy, freedom and creativity to the voice.
The workshops culminate in a loop station jam where we create songs on the spot supported by looping technology.
Sessions are suitable for all levels - you don't need to be a singer to join. The workshop is actually more about sounding than singing - meaning that we let go of the pressure to perform and explore our voice as a vehicle of freedom, expression and wellbeing.
All sessions include a gentle sound bath where you’ll be invited to rest and relax in meditative soundscapes.
* Free your natural voice * Build confidence * Play, have fun and be creative * Express your emotions through the voice * Release tension, relax and breathe deeply * Tune up with the aid of sound healing instruments such as singing bowls, shruti box and shamanic drum * Experience the joy of sounding in a group * Learn to calm your mind and be more spontaneous * Tap into the healing potential of your own voice
For 1-2-1 sessions please get in touch via the contact form on this website.
9.1.20 I currently offer the Voice DNA workshop in two different formats: The first one is called Voice DNA LAB is a day session that takes place once every few months, mainly in London. The second format is a closed group that meets regularly for 6 weeks in London. These sessions are for those who've been to an least one Voice DNA LAB session or have some experience with vocal improvisation. The level is a bit more intermediate and the sessions culminate in an informal performance, usually at an open mic or public jam session. Please join the mailing list to hear about the latest events and updates.
17.5.18 Jody Paterson wrote a beautiful article titled: 'Voicing Our Freedom' about a Voice DNA session he attended recently. In Jody's words: "This week I participated in a totally beautiful, heart-opening, playful and joyful journey into the world of voice improvisation, led by the exquisitely creative Uran Apak, here are some words about it."
16.5.18 Voice DNA is every Tuesday 7 - 9pm in Hackney Downs / London. All sessions include a gentle sound bath where you’ll be invited to rest and relax in meditative soundscapes.
2.7.17 I am happy to announce that I will start holding Voice DNA sessions from my new home in Hackney Downs. I have a spacious room and a large floor seating area that is great for workshops and private sessions. The flat is above the Pembury Tavern which means there is no issue with making noise and being as wild as we like.
Voice DNA will be running in 6 weekly cycles as before with a different theme each week. I switched to Monday evenings 7 - 8:30 pm which I think is a more convenient time for most people. Here are the upcoming dates:
10th of July - The Playful Voice 17th of July - The Listening Voice 24th of July - The Rhythmical Voice 31st of July - The Circular Voice 7th of August - The Amplified Voice 14th of August - The Poetic Voice
3.3.17 VoiceDNA is continues its journey in a new space: The London Aikido Club. This space is very clean, accessible, cosy and has a positive energy cultivated by the peaceful martial art of Aikido. Come join us in Stoke Newington on Sunday afternoons to treat yourself to a fun, relaxing and releasing voice workshop in a safe space that will recharge you for the week ahead.
Time and Date: Every Sunday 4:00 - 5:30 pm Venue: The London Aikido Club. 60A Windus Rd, Cazenove, London N16 6UP (2 min walk from Stoke Newington Rail Station. The building is on Belfast Road off Windus Road)
20.11.16 I now also offer private lessons which allow more in depth / personal and technical exploration. These lessons can be adapted to your needs and interests, being mindful of where your voice is at the moment. Please get in touch for rates and availability.
28.5.16 This week's Voice DNA took place in the beautiful artists' town of Groznjan, which is a gorgeous medieval village in the Croatian mountains. The two sessions I led were part of the International Vocal Arts Workshop. There are a lot of classically trained singers here, my secret mission was to make them forget about their training for a while and take steps towards being free, playful and spontaneous with their voices. It was a surprising challenge for them but they all did really well !
24.4.16 Voice DNA takes place every Thursday between 8:15 and 10:15 pm at The Hive Dalston and the cost of the workshop is 10 pounds (Concessions: 5 pounds for low-waged). Sessions are run on a drop-in basis, however regular attendance is encouraged to achieve a level of confidence and creative freedom.
8.4.16 It's confirmed: Voice DNA will be at The Green Gathering this summer. TheGreen Gathering is the first and best off-grid family renewable community sustainable workshops arts festival celebration held in Chepstow / Wales every August. We will be singing surrounded by beautiful nature and close to a stone circle. Magic ! http://www.greengathering.org.uk/
18.2.16 Voice DNA was recently at Exeter University as part of a seminar titled: "Middle Eastern Music and Contemporary Performance". The theme of our session was sacred sounds and Sufi chanting.