Cleveland Watkiss Live, 19 May 2012

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Soulful, jazzy and spiritual – these one-off performances have been described as the highlight of the season in Jazz Festivals worldwide.

SOLO VOICE Cleveland Watkiss presents:
VocalSuite, an amazing vocal experience PLUS an interactive performance with the World Heart Beat Music Academy, led by Cleveland Watkiss.

VENUE: TESTBED 1
33 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP
19 May 2012, 8pm
Free entry, no booking necessary

He combines samplers, digital technology and the human voice to create mind blowing orchestral soundscapes. Blending harmonies, percussion and basslines – all made by his voice alone and switching effortlessly from lead/lyrics to bass lines, falsetto scats to human beat box, Watkiss’ breathtaking vocal range moves seamlessly between musical cultures.

VocalSuite is an exciting vocal improvisation concert that uses the atmosphere of the venue, the mood, and the interactivity of the audience to present a performance created in the moment. It makes seamless links between musical cultures from Africa to Europe, creating the sound-scapes of an orchestra, all through the human voice. It can only be described as an amazing vocal experience.

“confidently delicate, with carefully sculpted melodies, intriguing textures and real drive.”  – BBC

“An original work from a unique British talent”  – Blues & Soul

Cleveland Watkiss is Britain’s leading jazz vocalist. This concert presents his VocalSuite and an interactive performance that has been developed in workshop style with the students of the World Heart Beat Music Academy led by Cleveland Watkiss

This is an exciting vocal improvisation concert that uses the atmosphere of the venue, the mood, and the interactivity of the audience to present a performance created in the moment. It makes seamless links between musical cultures from Africa to Europe, creating the sound-scapes of an orchestra, all through the human voice. It can only be described as an amazing vocal experience.

Cleveland will combine samplers, digital technology and the human voice to create mind blowing orchestral soundscapes. Blending harmonies, percussion, basslines all made by the voice alone and Watkiss’ breathtaking vocal range –and switching effortlessly from lead/lyrics to bass lines, falsetto scats to human beat box.

Thank you to our partners for making this possible:
Testbed 1
Wandsworth Arts Festival
Peter Webber Hire
JJ3

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Comments:

  1. Justine Kenyon 11/06/2012 at 8:49 am #

    It really did have a lovely, easy uplifting vibe that was because of all the ‘give’ involved – open hearted generosity of spirit that made it.
    Justine Kenyon, Wandsworth Arts Development Officer

  2. Julian Joseph 11/06/2012 at 8:50 am #

    Yet another magnificent triumph at Testbed 1

  3. Lucinda Peyton-Jones 11/06/2012 at 8:50 am #

    Thank you all for such an entertaining and enjoyable evening, I was delighted that I was able to take part and be part of this new improvising choir ‘Star dust people’ I shall greatly look forward to hearing when the group will be able to start up again. Thank you so much to the World Heart Beat Music Academy for setting it all up.

  4. Maureen 11/06/2012 at 9:02 am #

    What a privilege to be part of this . Looking forward to the next stage. A great big thank you to Mr Watkiss for his time energy and to the World Heart Beat Music Academy for bringing these vocal workshops to live. Onwards and upwards Stardust People.

  5. Carlo 11/06/2012 at 9:03 am #

    Thank you The future looks bright.

  6. anonymous 11/06/2012 at 9:03 am #

    It was like being taken on a journey to all the most peaceful places in the world.

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