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The Embodied Voice: An Exploration of Devotional Singing

  • Pure Land Farms 3265 Santa Maria Road Topanga, CA 90290 (map)



In this workshop, we will practice meeting our voice with intimacy, opening into the movement of breath inside our bodies and ultimately becoming one with our expression. We will learn how sacred words and chants are not interpretative devices but rather, living portals inviting us to merge into Presence.

Through the Sufi practice of Zikr as well as an embodied understanding of breath, vowels and resonance, we will dive into the heart center, discovering a deeper place from which we can sound with authenticity and full freedom. 

$150, $125 if registered before April 15th. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

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Bisan Toron is an experimental world music vocalist, composer and voice teacher. Born in Syria and raised in Paris and New York, Bisan studied classical voice performance at NYU and holds masters in Ethnomusicology from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She did further studies in voice and improvisation with the Roy Hart-based company, Pantheatre in France.

As an Ethnomusicologist, Bisan has focused on the subject of music and identity, and the “search for home” through music, particularly among refugee populations and displaced people. Her fieldwork projects include researching and documenting the fusion music of ethnic minorities in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and the music of the second and third Franco-Arab generations. Bisan has also co-designed and conducted conflict resolution music & movement Workshops in Haifa, Israel and Ramallah, Palestine.

Bisan’s compositions and improvisations are informed by a multitude of cultures and vocal traditions, which she threads with vocal articulations that arise from the moment. Bisan was voice professor at ESADIB, National College of Dramatic Arts in Mallorca, Spain from 2008-2010 and currently performs and teaches voice independently across Europe and the United States. She currently resides in New York.

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