Dronechoir at Michelberger in Berlin, Germany. Oct 1st, 2016
I gathered 24 vocalists who were already participating in the (week-long) 2-day festival, bringing along mp3 players and having many of the vocalists download their parts onto their phones to use for the performance. Our performance was unannounced, and I was told that the audience members who stayed for the entire 33-minute piece left in tears. Many of the vocalists reported having extremely emotional, intimate experiences with complete strangers, and came back to me with enthusiastic, loving reviews.
First Dronechoir at 24hr Dronefest Basilica in Hudson, NY 2015 (Starting at Minute 14:20)
The first dronechoir was a loose piece which I attempted to keep straight despite being blindfolded. I asked 20 women to repeat my directions for one hour, creating a multi-leveled human loop machine. The only mass directions were given via a rope that each woman held onto with one hand, raising the rope paused the loop, lowering the rope back to waist level meant start where you left off, lowering the rope to the group meant stop entirely. This blindfolded experience added deeper intimacy between myself and the vocalists.