Workshop with Elene DEE
Vocalist – Composer – Arranger
My approach: I’m not a regular Jazz Vocalist.
WORKSHOP /CONCERT 2013
Children of the city Jazz Festival Les Fontenelles Nanterre France
WHO AM I ?
I build my voice technic by imagining that I am a piano.
I worked with passion (not counting the hours of days and nights).
I could hear the music since I was child, I played guitar then piano in a self-taught way. I wanted to find myself alone. I worked 10 hours a day on my vision.
I wanted to understand everything with passion and build my own interpretation, my own technic, with true and without limit of key or to give a name to my style of voice. To be free, and to compose.
I decided to work on the music of one of the best pianist: Bill Evans ’s solo. with who I could build my voice, my range, my sound, my voice like his piano solo.
Even if it was a kind of impossible, to interpret his solo, I wanted to do it. Because when it’s difficult, you have to find the thing possible, a solution, a new style, a new breath, to build your charisma, your potential, your “me”.
I start this challenge . and I liked it. Even if I had to sing, to do again 400 times the same phrase because I was stuck, I continued until I found how to do it…and I did it.
WORKSHOP /CONCERTS 2005
Cotton Club (Residence 1 year with Diva Productions and Affinity) workshops + Concerts
Hello Mingus arrangement with voices on Charles Mingus ‘s music 2008
MY ANALISIS and THE WORK:
Now since years I’m Elene Dee with my own technic, I perform and I teach in Europe, in Paris and in NYC.
My teaching is based on all my questions I had to answer to me. I am a pedagogue.
I like to give a lot of confidence in themselves
Like: the obstacle doesn’t exist.
to appreciate their own potential of expression and learn how to develop it
to learn how to find oneself, and learn to be independent with their daily work.
to build their charisma, build their own armor
I teach in detail on how to:
find their own voice,
work their own column of air,
how to use their energy by perfectly controlling the dosages for this or that moment to interpret, how to be inside of them and to give outside of them,
how to protect themselves,
to subdue their sounds,, chase the fear, bring their voice or want as they want without doubting,
circulate it in themselves from head to toe, from the ground to the sky, they must be an emitter of energy, to give happiness for their audience who will receive them as a gift
finally get into their character and know how to get out and reintegrate when they want,
Also know that everything can be acquired with integrity and remain integrated to escape their ego so that the benefit is always perceived with truth,
open to their audience, communicate, work their potential, discover
learn to use their body and their muscles to help their voice to tell their story,
learn to listen and to listen themselves, to listen to others and communicate with their group,
and be themselves, do not try to imitate, or only if its the subject.
I discover something very precious on my students with their sound which is often the sound of the family cocoon. A girl will have the sound of her mother’s voice or a son of her father
As a teacher we have to keep this and evolve it
the result is very therapeutic so comforting for the student
I could notice that it was a reassuring method that could blow them up, go very far in their artistic expression
all these questions were mine for my own technic.
MUSICAL COMEDY “Take the A train”