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Lisa Sokolov

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 24, 1954    

Lisa Sokolov

Lisa Sokolov is a frontline New York jazz vocalist, improviser and composer. Her work embraces the best of new music, free and straight ahead jazz. Her recordings angel Rodeo, Lazy Afternoon and Presence have all received Best CD of the Year citations and press kudos. DownBeat magazine cites “Presence” as 5 stars, Best new Release of 2004 and their 2005 critics poll adds Sokolov onto their rising star vocalist list. Her new long awaited “A Quiet Thing” has once again made the CMJ Music charts and is being met with wide critical acclaim. Her own studies began as a classical pianist and singer with conservatory prep education and traditional musical training. Her intrigue with the music of John Coltrane led her to search out Coltrane's bassist Jimmy Garrison at Bennington College in Vermont. Choosing this school, she found herself able to study with trumpeter Bill Dixon, saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, and drummer Milford Graves, as well as composers Vivian Fine and Louis Calabro....
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Awards

Presence gets 5 star masterpiece from Downbeat and BEst of the Year Sokolov gets listed as Rising star vocalist Downbeat 2005
  • A Quiet Thing

    Laughing Horse Records
    2009
  • Presence


    2004
  • Presence

    Rhythm Zone
    2003

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Primary Instrument:
Vocalist

Location:
Nyack, NY

Clinic/Workshop Information:
A Workshop in Embodied VoiceWork with Lisa Sokolov "Voice through the Body to the Self" is a workshop exploring the resources and the power within the process of finding and freeing one's voice. Through free vocal improvisation each person connects with their own music, as well as the experience of improvising with others. The tools of this work are breath, tone, touch, imagery and vocal improvisation. Through a series of developmentally sequenced exercises we use these tools to connect to impulse and information in the body. We then move into a process of exploration, awareness, release, strengthening and integration of the body, the voice and the self. Individual work evolves into duet and group work. The goal of the work is to embody the voice, to come more fully into one’s body, one’s sound, one’s music and one’s expressiveness. What is it to bring one’s awareness and breath and sound from the entire body and being? What process ensues from this experience? Embodied VoiceWork is about deep listening. It is about connecting into and sensing our bodies. It is about giving voice to what is heard and felt. After a five-day session individuals can expect to be more grounded in their bodies and be able to improvise and sing more freely and expressively. They will be more fluent in the language of music. Their listening skills will be awakened both internally and externally. They will have come into a new relationship with their own process and expressiveness. This work can open individuals to a powerful experience of emotional, energetic and expressive aliveness. This work has been applied in the training of actors, dancers and musicians in workshops in Europe, the US, Canada and in long-term training at the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University. This work is also used for training of therapists, physicians, and has been applied in as widely divergent contexts as The Big Apple Circus and The Jewish Theological Seminary workshops. √ A Workshop in Embodied VoiceWork with Lisa Sokolov "Voice through the Body to the Self" is a workshop exploring the resources and the power within the process of finding and freeing one's voice. Through free vocal improvisation each person connects with their own music, as well as the experience of improvising with others. The tools of this work are breath, tone, touch, imagery and vocal improvisation. Through a series of developmentally sequenced exercises we use these tools to connect to impulse and information in the body. We then move into a process of exploration, awareness, release, strengthening and integration of the body, the voice and the self. Individual work evolves into duet and group work. The goal of the work is to embody the voice, to come more fully into one’s body, one’s sound, one’s music and one’s expressiveness. What is it to bring one’s awareness and breath and sound from the entire body and being? What process ensues from this experience? Embodied VoiceWork is about deep listening. It is about connecting into and sensing our bodies. It is about giving voice to what is heard and felt. After a five-day session individuals can expect to be more grounded in their bodies and be able to improvise and sing more freely and expressively. They will be more fluent in the language of music. Their listening skills will be awakened both internally and externally. They will have come into a new relationship with their own process and expressiveness. This work can open individuals to a powerful experience of emotional, energetic and expressive aliveness. This work has been applied in the training of actors, dancers and musicians in workshops in Europe, the US, Canada and in long-term training at the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University. This work is also used for training of therapists, physicians, and has been applied in as widely divergent contexts as The Big Apple Circus and The Jewish Theological Seminary workshops.

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A Quiet Thing
Laughing Horse Records (2009)

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