A day of singing with Brendan Taaffe
Singing is our birthright and something that we all can do. Whether you are a seasoned singer or a keen beginner, you are welcome to join us for a day of compelling rhythms and evocative harmonies. The more, the merrier! We will sing African, bluegrass, and gospel songs that speak to everyday life. They are songs that come from participatory, community-based traditions: songs that draw people together around the world. Music that sounds great and is easy to learn!
Singing in harmony with others is a uniquely powerful experience. If you have done it before, you know that already. If you have never done it, don’t miss this opportunity. Come sing with us!
Date: Saturday May 28, 2016, at 10:00-17:00
Venue: Club Alpin Suisse, Rue de Beau-Séjour 4, 1002 Lausanne (10 min. walk from the gare CFF)
Price: CHF 45 per person.
Special offer: Sign up with a friend and pay CHF 75 for two!
Register: Click here
Questions & info: E-mail or call 079 815 76 84
Brendan Taaffe – songleader, performer, and composer
Brendan has led workshops in many places around the world—Bulgaria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and throughout the U.S. In his teaching, he draws on songs from the ‘American Vernacular’ (gospel, bluegrass, Appalachian and shape note songs), his own compositions, and Zimbabwean makwayera songs.
A multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira, Brendan has toured with many different groups, including nationally acclaimed dance band Magic Foot and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. In addition to performing solo, he currently directs The Bright Wings Chorus, a vocal ensemble, and is the frontman of The New Line, a band that blends mbira with banjo, electric guitar, and percussion, creating a bridge between American and African traditions.
As a composer, Brendan thinks of his songs as hymns for the modern world, hymns that are not tethered to any one religious tradition but which still ask big questions: what does it mean to love and where can we find solace, what does it mean that we shall, someday, die, and how does that impact the way we live our lives now?
Originally from Minnesota, Brendan now lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe. More about Brendan here. To watch and hear Brendan in action, here is a video: