Alternative Harmony Singing

Alternative Harmony Singing

  • A capella
  • Alt Folk
  • Progressive Folk
  • School of Music workshop
  • Singer/Songwriter

Join Isa Burke (of Lula Wiles) and Deni Hlavinka (of the Western Den) for an exploration of non-traditional harmony singing styles! Instead of our usual folk and country favorites, we’ll be taking a detour into some more modern and unconventional approaches to harmony singing. We’ll come up with our own creative harmonies using techniques like drones, dissonance, and vocalization without lyrics. For this class you should feel comfortable singing a melody and matching pitch with another singer, but no prior harmony singing experience is required! Get ready to get weird with us!

This workshop runs from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, August 8th.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.

Deni Hlavinka

  • Indie
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal

Isa Burke

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Isa Burke (pronounced like Lisa without the L) is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. She spends most of her time as one-third of the powerhouse indie-roots trio Lula Wiles, but she has also made a name for herself as a side musician, educator, writer, and occasional solo performer.

Her musical life has been a continuous process of finding new modes of expression, from studying Appalachian fiddle with Bruce Molsky to learning all of Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar parts for a Rumours tribute show to starting a group dedicated to writing a song every day for a month. In recent years her songwriting has moved to the forefront of her musical identity, and her songs contain a subtle power, blending the minimalism and grit of traditional folk and country with a modern indie sensibility and an eye for emotive detail. As an instrumentalist, she weaves textural, evocative lines and rhythms that support her assertive, soulful vocals. She is a collaborator at heart, drawing inspiration from the interlocking grooves of the fiddle and banjo or the alchemic harmony of a country duet.

In addition to her recording and touring with Lula Wiles, she has performed and recorded on fiddle, vocals, and acoustic and electric guitars with artists including Session Americana, Corporate Punk, Caitlin Canty, Stash Wyslouch, and many others.  Driven by a love of good songs above all else, Isa is “as versatile a musician as they come, and a true showwoman who commands the stage and the audience’s attention” (Red Line Roots).

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