10am - Singingwith Nathan Berg The vocal workshops is our most popular workshop in the Jazz Festival. The pleasure principle in vocal performance is the main focus of the vocal workshop. We will begin by going around the room sharing an unusual vocal sound that you want to incorporate into your singing. More than a mind trick, the pleasure principle can be seen in action by famous singers—using an unusual voice or a vocalized sound to give audiences a distinct feeling of having made an authentic connection with the singer.You are encouraged to bring an example of this on a recording or a well-known song. Is there a song where the singer's voice makes you feel like he or she understands some vitally important aspect of your life, speaking on your behalf or sharing something that relates to you very personally while singing to large audience? We will discuss the question of where such feelings of authentic connection come from and the role of the pleasure principle of vocal production. We will do an exercise focused on singing words or making sounds that express an authentic inner view about what is beautiful, a special emotion or state of mind. This workshop is meant to broaden the palate of sounds that your voice produces and help it fully reflect your musical desires. Please bring at least one word that you enjoy singing or speaking. This could be a word or phrase in a song you already like to sing. Or it could be a word chosen on the basis of its aesthetic merits when spoken aloud. We will sing together, improvise, and hopefully have lots of fun—the pleasure principle of voice production in action, once again! Nathan Berg toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. He is currently singer and bassist in the OALET (On A Long Enough Timeline) based in Dunedin. Nathan enjoys talking about unconventional singing and present examples from Frank Black (The Pixies), Billie Holiday, and Bob Dorough (Miles Davis, Schoolhouse Rock).