Circlesinging
Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is an improvised community singing experience much like a "drum circle" for singers. Shireen Amini will guide you through several waves of music with parts being spontaneously created in the moment, generating a "buzz" of group energy. Become a better singer in this relaxed and fun environment and improve your overall health! That's right, singing is good for you: mind, body and spirit. We don't concern ourselves with perfection, we sing for the joy of it! All levels are welcome. 

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Sep
30
11:15am11:15am

Circlesinging at Bend Roots Revival Festival

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Music Makers Stage

Drop-in event, open to the public

Free (but donations accepted)!

Circlesinging is an improvised community singing experience much like a "drum circle" for singers. The song leader will guide you through several waves of music with parts being created in the moment, generating a "buzz" of group energy and all kinds of wellness benefits. Become a better singer, gain self-confidence, create meaningful connection with others, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection. We sing for the joy of it! That's it. All levels are welcome. 

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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House Concert and Circlesinging with Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini
Jul
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

House Concert and Circlesinging with Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini

6pm Circlesinging lead by Hannah and Shireen

7pm Performances

The Acorn (Gabriel and Greg’s House)

61155 Chuckanut Dr. Bend, Oregon 97702

$10 suggested donation
All ages welcome. 
Performance will be outdoors, in case of weather we will move indoors. 
Please bring blankets or chairs and something to share for the potluck. 

Join us for this combined Circlesinging and House Concert experience, a unique opportunity to take part in improvised vocal music and enjoy an intimate live performance in the same evening! Hannah Mayree and Shireen Amini trained together in Circlesinging facilitation under Dave Worm (protegé of Bobby McFerrin) in Oakland, California. Both believe in the power of community music-making and the magic of the unexpected to create a transformative experience for participants of Circlesinging. Our voices will combine to create melody, harmony, rhythm and a lot of spirit! Singers of all levels welcome. These singer-songwriters also channel their muse in the creation of beautifully layered original music which they will share following Circlesinging. 

Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento-born multi-instrumentalist and singer. Bringing experiences of many cultures, travel, friendship, nature, and the wonders of the universe, Mayree serenades on the banjo and reminds us that we are not alone. "Thoughts of the Night" (2017) is their first full length album release.

https://hannahmayree.bandcamp.com/releases

Shireen Amini is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Bend, Oregon. She carries with her a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Certificate in Sound, Voice and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Shireen is trained in piano, guitar, and drums, but specializes in Afro-Latin percussion, particularly the Afro-Peruvian cajon. She released her first EP entitled Turnaround in 2007 and, currently, is the lead singer and guitarist for the successful Bend-based Latin band ¡Chiringa!, which just released their first album in June 2017 called “Familia.” In her solo format, Shireen uses a looping pedal and percussion to create unique arrangements of original music and uplifting cover songs. She offers community music events including Circlesinging as well as sound healing journeys under Shireen Amini Music Medicine. 

https://www.facebook.com/shireenaminimusic/
https://soundcloud.com/shireen-amini

We look forward to sharing a rich evening of music with you!

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Circlesinging
Jun
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself vocally and become part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment. With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group goes on a playful and prayerful journey together. Gain self-confidence as a singer, connect with others in a fun and safe way, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the joy of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging CANCELLED until further notice...
Mar
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging CANCELLED until further notice...

...due to my recent medical diagnosis, vocal cords nodules. 2 week complete vocal rest is required for healing in addition to vocal rehabilitation. 

I am deeply saddened to have to cancel Circlesinging, but am hopeful that addressing this issue now will preserve the health and longevity of my voice as well as my capacity to bring Circlesinging back. In the meantime, keep a lookout for singing events replacing the every 2nd and 4th Thursday timeslots at Hawthorn Healing Arts Center! Just because I have to take a break from singing does not mean you have to!

Thank you for your understanding. Until soon. 

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Circlesinging
Feb
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself vocally and become part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment. With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group goes on a playful and prayerful journey together. Gain self-confidence as a singer, connect with others in a fun and safe way, and improve your overall health! We don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the joy of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video: https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Jan
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

Drop-in event, open to the public

$5-15 sliding scale

Circlesinging is a transformative community singing experience. Take the opportunity to express yourself through your voice and be part of music that is being created spontaneously in the moment! With a leader guiding the musical direction, the group will go on a playful and prayerful journey together that invites joy, connection, and wellness. Sing beautiful harmonies without sheet music, become a better singer without even trying, and delight in what we create together. But we don’t concern ourselves with perfection or performance. We sing for the fun of it! Singers of all levels are welcome.

For a sample, check out this video:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Jan
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

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Circlesinging
Dec
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out these videos:

https://youtu.be/aRrKmYAOCDA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8avzO2mF8&feature=youtu.be

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Making Medicine Songs
Dec
3
9:00am 9:00am

Making Medicine Songs

Healing and Empowerment Through Music

with Shireen Amini

$50/person

Sound ~ Music ~ Song

Healing ~ Creativity ~ Purpose

No prior musical experience necessary and experienced musicians welcome

Please email jill@hawthorncenter.com or call 541-330-0334 to register! 

What is a medicine song? A loose definition may be “a song carrying the energy and message in support of healing.” We all know the qualities of a medicine song, one that hooks us in and carries us to the other side of a struggle or fills us with a much-needed feeling we cannot seem to summon on our own. We may already be familiar with medicine songs as they exist in our sacred communities, but they are not limited to such venues. Medicine songs have just as much come about during social movements as they have through legendary artists like Bob Marley or the Beatles. Today, I am proposing that they can come through any of us, to serve us on our paths and strengthen our communities. 

In the process presented in this workshop, we will learn how to produce songs infused with magic and meaning using ancient tools and principles of the modern songwriting craft. What brings the “medicine” into these songs is the intention we put into their making and the mysterious way in which we invite melody and rhythm to emerge as though through a conversation with the cosmos. We will use the most inherently-human points of entry into music-making, the voice and the drum, to tune into our greater support network and to awaken our wild and soulful musical nature as well as our playful, childlike spirits. The medicine melody or groove that shows up in our process is a gift and an energetic blueprint for our song (our healing), carrying the feeling essence that will guide the song’s development. We will then utilize our creativity to come up with lyrics and orchestration for our song. Along the way, we will explore important musical concepts and techniques that help a song to be strong and effective. Once our medicine song is complete, we can then take it home with us and integrate it into our lives and communities. Both the songwriting process and the final song itself become powerful tools for our transformation and well-being.

In addition to being a wonderful practice for holistic health, making medicine songs is also an act of cultural revolution. Uniting through music is one of the most powerful catalysts for change our human history has ever demonstrated. And yet the mainstream songs of our modern era often lack relevance to the needs of our world, so bringing the “medicine” back into it is key. It is my mission to remove the obstacles to self-expression, including negative self-beliefs and constraining cultural notions, so that we can each reclaim music as a force of heart and empowerment for ourselves and our world. Please join me for this endlessly fun, hip, and poignant process and take part in the hope and joy of creating medicine music together.

 

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Sound Trek
Nov
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sound Trek

with Shireen Amini and Matt Lauziere

An Exotic and Elemental Journey Through Sound

(a.k.a. Shireen and Matt's Magical Musical Mystery Tour)

Hawthorn Healing Arts Center (39 NW Louisiana Ave.) 

$10-20 sliding scale

 

Indulge in this distinct concert experience that you enjoy laying down with your eyes closed! The music will travel up, down, and all around you while you are taken through a sonic wilderness, a wordless story rendered through metal, flesh, and wood to induce ever-changing inner landscapes and ultimately drop you off at your home...a refreshed body, mind, and spirit.

Matt and Shireen are both Bend-based musicians (Ubuntu and ¡Chiringa!) as well as long-time friends who are coming together with their musical talents and backgrounds in healing work to present a thoughtfully-crafted journey through sound and music. With use of singing bowls, drums, didjeridu, guitar, voice, keyboard and more, they intend to cultivate an experience that is meditative and moving, loosely guided by the elements of earth, fire, water, metal, air, and ether. Please join them in this colorful, visceral, and vibratory experience!

Please email jill@hawthorncenter.com or call 541-330-0334 in advance to reserve your spot! Limited spaces available. 

Bring a blanket and pillow. Floor pads will be provided but are limited. We recommend arriving early to set up your spot. 

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Circlesinging
Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public, geared toward adults and teens. 

$5-15 sliding scale


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8avzO2mF8&feature=youtu.be

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Sound and Song Medicine Immersion
Oct
22
9:00am 9:00am

Sound and Song Medicine Immersion

A Day of Meaningful Music-Making

with Shireen Amini

$50/person

 

Pre-registration required and limited spaces available. Call 541-330-0334 or email jill@hawthorncenter.com to reserve your spot today!

 

• Experience group toning, drumming, and singing with a sense of playfulness and purpose

• Learn ancient and modern techniques for empowered musical expression

• Create your own simple medicine songs for healing and change

• Deepen your understanding of the human relationship to music, nature, and community

 

“If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance” 

- African Proverb

 

Singing and participation in music is your birthright and is essential for your well-being. This workshop is about reviving your relationship to music as it may better serve your life and the highest good. This is not about performance, but rather feeding your spirit in the moment and experiencing a deep sense of unity. Gift yourself with a more empowered relationship to your voice and musical expression and open yourself up to limitless potential for health and joy!

 

No prior musical experience necessary to participate in this workshop. For those who may have inhibitions about their sense of pitch or rhythm, this is a perfect environment to step out of your shell due to a principle of “entrainment,” which basically states that we cannot help but move toward being ‘in tune’ and ‘in time’ when we are surrounded by others who are. Experienced musicians will also find great benefit as they have an opportunity to expand their understanding of the nature of music, sense of playfulness, and discover a deeper sense of purpose in what they do. 

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Circlesinging
Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Circlesinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public.

$5/person


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1lgiNSPOAM

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Circlesinging at Bend Roots Revival Festival FREE!
Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

Circlesinging at Bend Roots Revival Festival FREE!

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This is a drop-in event FREE and open to the public. This offering is geared toward adults and teens. 

We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging! 

For a sample, check out this video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1lgiNSPOAM

For more information about the Bend Roots Revival Festival 2016, check out this link:

http://riseupinternational.com/roots-festival

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Sound and Song Medicine Immersion
May
21
9:00am 9:00am

Sound and Song Medicine Immersion

A Day of Creating Personally and Communally Meaningful Music
with Shireen Amini
Date to be announced

Call 541-330-0334 or email jill@hawthorncenter.com to be put on our email list to stay informed!

• Experience toning, drumming, and singing with a sense of playfulness and purpose
• Learn ancient and modern techniques for empowered musical expression
• Create your own simple medicine songs for healing and change
• Deepen your understanding of the human relationship to music, nature, and community

Music is medicine for the soul, we all know this. However, many of us find our relationship to music-making and our own singing voices to be far from joyful. It’s time to change that. Following the old African proverb, “If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance,” we will liberate the musical expression that we all inherently carry. You will be offered concepts and practices to empower your musical creativity and anchor in soulful feeling, intuition, and sacred connections with nature. You will be introduced to exciting new understandings of how to bring together the ancient and modern worlds of music for your own personal healing. We will cultivate a sense of safety and freedom as we expand our experience of sound, music, and song in a group setting. These experiences will include group toning, drumming, singing, and movement, all with a sense of purpose and a playful spirit.

You do not need any prior musical experience to participate in this workshop, only a longing to cultivate a more personal and empowered connection with music. For those who may have inhibitions about their sense of pitch or rhythm, this is a perfect environment to step out of your shell due to a principle we call “entrainment,” which basically states that we cannot help but move toward being ‘in tune’ and ‘in time’ when we are surrounded by others who are. Experienced musicians will also find great benefit as they have an opportunity to expand their understanding of the nature of music, sense of playfulness, and discover a deeper sense of purpose in what they do.

The prize takeaway of our time together will be the beginnings of your own personal medicine songs and an experience of group composition, by which we will come up with an original medicine song for our community through a dynamic and inclusive process. A “medicine song” can be described as an energy formula in the form of melody and rhythm (and often times a lyrical message) that comes from outside of us to provide us something that our being needs. This applies to needs on the community level as well. We are all capable of listening to and singing along with songs we love, but in this workshop, we will take it to the next level and have a creative dialogue with the mystical as we bring forward music that moves us and has come for us.

Singing and participation in music is your birthright and it is essential for your well-being. This workshop is about reviving this understanding of music as it may serve life and the highest good. This is not about performance, but rather feeding your spirit in the moment and experiencing a deep sense of unity. Gift yourself with a more empowered relationship to your voice and musical expression and open yourself up to limitless potential for health and joy!

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CircleSinging
May
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

CircleSinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public.

$10/person


We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1lgiNSPOAM

 

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Sound Bath
Apr
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sound Bath

This is a drop-in event open to the public.

$15/person

Let sound usher you into a nurturing space of deep relaxation, vision, and healing. Shireen will lead with a prayerful heart and offer a shower, swirl, and massage of sound for your own personal tuning and rejuvenation using a fusion of ancient and modern technologies. The sounds of the crystal bowl, tongue drum, buffalo drum, voice, sanctified keyboard, nature and more will surround you and produce a healing effect only enhanced by the communal setting.

Bring a blanket and pillow and please arrive a few minutes early to set up your spot. Floor pads will be provided but are limited.

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CircleSinging
Apr
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

CircleSinging

This is a drop-in event open to the public.

$10/person

We will raise the spirit using improvised, mantra-like melody lines and become a spontaneous choir rooted in a sense of purpose and limitless creative possibilities. Your own voice will strengthen you and your fellows. Come experience the magic and transformative power of CircleSinging!

For a sample, check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1lgiNSPOAM

 

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Sound and Song Medicine Series
Jan
31
to Mar 6

Sound and Song Medicine Series

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Sound and Song Medicine Series: Creating Our Own Revival Music as Medicine for the Soul
Facilitated by Shireen Amini

Sundays, January 31-March 6
4-6pm
Hawthorn Healing Arts Center, Community Room
$195/person

• Immerse in sound, voice, and free expression while held in a sacred healing process
• Experience circle singing and the study of medicine songs
• Co-create soulful community songs to sing with shared purpose
• Connect with a rich tradition of singing together as an expression of unity, strength, and joy

No prior musical experience needed, only your voices in this safe and inclusive environment.

Pre-registration required and limited spaces available. Call 541-330-0330 or email jill@hawthorncenter.com to reserve your spot today!

Imagine being part of a movement that has arisen from your own heart and has the music and shared community to give it voice. Imagine an immersive sound healing experience combined with playful and creative group singing.

This is what the Sound and Song Medicine Series is all about. During these six weeks, we will journey through the healing experience of sound and the spiritual power of song, reaping deep benefits from both, and come away with our own repertoire of soul songs we have created as a community.

As a lifelong musician and recently-certified sound healing practitioner, Shireen Amini is most compelled by the mysterious relationship between sound and song as they serve the human experience. During her studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (http://www.ciis.edu/public-programs-and-performances/certificate-programs/certificate-in-sound-voice-and-music-in-the-healing-arts), she began to intuit a method in which melodies, grooves, and eventually songs arose from meditative states and raw expressions of sound, such as free vocalizing. Together with fellow cohort Tasya Herskovitz, Shireen devised a process with four distinct phases that, in themselves, are therapeutic but also can result in musical material that serves as the basis for creating meaningful songs. This process invites participants 1) into an authentic space together, segues into 2) sounding with the voice and a drone, 3) pauses in silence, then 4) brings forward the melodies and grooves that have come as medicine for us, as a response to our soul-felt longings, whether they be for healing, release, joy, or empowerment.

In this series, Shireen will take this process one step further by including the study, both through singing and analysis, of established songs with medicinal characteristics. We all know songs of this nature. They have a way of hooking us into their healing potential. Many are called spirituals or mantras or folk songs. These songs have historically been sung in a group. Shireen believes this type of group singing with aligned purpose is gravely lacking in our culture today. Therefore, in addition to our experiential study, Shireen will direct a playful and intentional group vocal jam in the style of CircleSinging (http://www.circlesing.org/), which she learned from Bobby McFerrin’s protege, Dave Worm. This jam will juice us up for the final, most magical part of our sessions together: the group songwriting process. With use of both intuitive and musical skills, Shireen will hold the group strong to the musical sensibility and messages that will best serve the group as we write. The atmosphere will be inclusive and dynamic. All ideas will be welcome and all voices part of creating these group songs.

By the end of our time together, we will have up to 4 self-written communal songs that tie us to a rich tradition of singing together with shared purpose soulful transcendence and. We will have a renewed relationship to song as an ally in wellness, sustenance, and change for ourselves and the world around us. We will have our own revival music with messages most relevant to us and our times!

No prior musical experience is required and all you will need is your voice and possibly a recording device. If you feel shy about your singing voice, please remember that you will be strengthened and held by many other voices in a safe environment.

Come be part of this first offering of its kind to feed your spirit, deepen your connection to your own voice and community, and bring about positive change in your life and in the world!

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