20 08

new hours + offerings for fall!

Posted Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 1:11pm | Comments Off

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Signs of Fall. Potrero Hill, SF.

As with the shift in seasons, I’m offering up some fresh options for you, Singers!

New Hours:

Monday thru Thursday between 11am + 6:30pm PST

Friday between 11am + 5pm PST

Saturday between 12pm + 4pm PST

And… It’s the return of the half-hour lesson! You now have the choice of both 30 and 60 minute voice sessions.

30-minute Sessions are great for getting a solid vocal workout in, or focusing intensely on a song, or doing a little bit of both.

60-minute Sessions are a deeper dive and important in preparing for shows, recordings, and really honing in on the inner workings of your instrument.

Get in touch with me directly at hpvoxic@gmail.com for current rates + to set up a Skype or in-person session!

Also, be sure to check out SONG SALON, a new performance workshop here at the studio!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7 to 9pm

Click HERE for all the details!

 

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21 07

dream bigger, stargazer

Posted Monday July 21st, 2014 at 9:00am | Comments Off

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“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”

–Francis Bacon, Sr.

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05 11

you are magic

Posted Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 6:18pm | Comments Off

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“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and (will) be lost.

The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with your other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. there is no satisfaction whatever at any time. there is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

–Martha Graham

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20 07

rejuvenating summer

Posted Saturday July 20th, 2013 at 6:37pm | Comments Off

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Homemade Green Iced Tea

Hope your summer is as relaxing and re-energizing as this glass of iced green sun tea I recently brewed.

I’ve definitely been enjoying the sunshiny San Francisco weather, indulging in books, film, seeing live music and getting my inspiration revved up to create new offerings for all of you!

COLLAB‘s Spring session was fabulous– Wonderful singers defying stage fright, getting creative and supporting one another as fellow artists. Check out photos HERE. COLLAB will be back in 2014.

In the meantime, a quote for you:

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” –Francis Bacon, Sr.

Let’s use these longer days to fuel up, find our flow and let our art rise to the surface!

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27 03

collab: a performance workshop is born

Posted Wednesday March 27th, 2013 at 12:05pm | Comments Off

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Scenes from COLLAB, Summer + Fall 2012.

Collaboration is a powerful force. It’s how I became a songwriter and it’s what got me onstage. I’m a singer first and foremost. While my instrument sounds good acappella, it does me best when paired with another musician. This is also the case for many of the talented singers I train every week.

Finding a creative cohort/performance partner is nerve wracking and time consuming. Upon my arrival in San Francisco, I dealt with an array of strange Craigslist encounters and had myself transiting all over town to meet up with prospects who never turned out to be the right fit. Funny enough, I met my bandmate in the most obvious place– My vocal coach’s studio.

It was a conversation I had about this very subject with my friend, musical colleague, and piano instructor, Ciara McAllister that led the two of us to create a performance workshop specifically for the clients in our respective studios. COLLAB is a “collaboration lab” and safe space where participants perform live, experiment and grow together as artists with hands-on guidance from Ciara and I. Singers are paired up with pianists to form duos, singer/songwriters share their original songs and singer/pianists work on inspired cover tunes. The finale happens in the form of “COLLAB: the performance”, a live showcase of each artist’s selected musical piece. Sessions ran this past summer and fall for four weeks each and were absolutely incredible!

Words to describe COLLAB: creative, intense, camaraderie, open, supportive, exciting, powerful, magic.

I am thrilled to offer this workshop and be part of such an inspiring group of artists!

See photos of both sessions: SUMMER 2012 + FALL 2012

The SPRING 2013 session of COLLAB runs April 18 – May 10.

Registration is now open!

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03 02

cool cucumber

Posted Sunday February 3rd, 2013 at 12:03pm | Comments Off


Hey, cool cucumber!

Yes, YOU CAN PICKLE THAT, but do you know how wonderfully good for you cucumbers really are? As an avid cucumber water drinker, I was happy to learn that:

#1 – Cucumbers are 95% water which means they are majorly hydrating (Hello, SINGERS!)

#2 – The phytochemcials in cucumbers will kill bacteria in your mouth (a.k.a. bad breath). Press a slice to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.

#3 – Full of B vitamins and electrolytes, cucumbers can help boost your energy and relieve a headache.

#4- Thanks to their naturally occurring fiber and high water content, cucumbers help the body flush itself of toxins.

#5 – Cucumbers are extremely alkalinizing. Consuming foods that are alkaline help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance.

Bottom line, I feel a difference when I add more cucumber to my diet. My thirst is quenched faster, my skin looks clearer (Yay for natural, non-toxic beauty!), and I definitely notice a healthy energy spike (Especially, if I run a few through my juicer making it a base for some tasty green juice). Slice some into your water glass (or julienne it into your water bottle) and see how you feel!

Sources which inspired this post:

Natural News

Energise Alkaline Diet Blog

 

 

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04 12

baby it’s cold outside!

Posted Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 1:25am | Comments Off

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! And it’s that time of year when my band, KARMACODA heads into the studio to get creative with a fave holiday cover tune. We chose the Frank Loesser classic, BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE because it’s a great duet and one that we thought would be fun to turn on it’s head and change up. We reversed the traditional vocal roles (I took over as “enticer”), went minor on the key, and gave it a downtempo feel. Hope this adds a little sparkle to your celebrations as 2012 comes to a close!

Download BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE for free HERE

SF WEEKLY writer, Ian S. Port got into the spirit with a thumbs-up review!  READ IT HERE

MERRY HOLIDAYS! xo

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30 04

new music video: epic

Posted Monday April 30th, 2012 at 9:42pm | Comments Off

Epic- Karmacoda (Official Music Video – HD)

I’m excited to present my band, Karmcoda’s new music video for our single, EPIC!

A major thank you to podcaster extraordinaire, Anji Bee for premiering it on her show, The Chillcast Video Edition!

The band and I had such a great time partnering up with director Luis Otavio Feldens, photographer Greg Slick, and makeup artist Krysti Lozinski to bring you this dark, dreamy ride through a moonlit forest and night garden. Check out stills from the making of the video on our Facebook page.

To view in HD quality, be sure to click “720p HD” on the bottom right of the video. Enjoy!

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09 01

repair + beauty (it’s a new year)

Posted Monday January 9th, 2012 at 3:35pm | Comments Off

Repair + Beauty- Karmacoda (Live Acoustic HD)

I love January simply because it’s a fresh start. The sun is beginning to stretch its light out a bit longer and I’m out from under the cover of winter’s darkest nights. Action plans for my music and studio are forming and taking their first sips of air. I feel alive in a 2012 kind of way.

It’s quiet space that brings me clarity– Getting away from external chaos and going inward. This sentiment is where the lyrics of Repair + Beauty stem from. The band and I stripped down the album version and added a new ending for our live, acoustic performance at The Dolby Theatre.

“I’ll leave a light on/I’ll leave a light on for you, babe”.

Happy New Year.

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22 12

fave holiday song + free download

Posted Thursday December 22nd, 2011 at 2:27am | Comments Off

It’s no secret that Joni Mitchell is a genius. She also wrote my favorite Christmas song. River is somber, aching and beautiful. It is a dose of reality amidst the hustle and bustle– A stock-taking moment as the year comes to a close. It gets me every time. In it’s reflective mood, I find memories, warmth and spirit.

My band, Karmacoda and I couldn’t help but cover this tune. Wishing you and yours a river to skate away on… Happy Holidays!

Download a free mp3 of River HERE

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