Spring 2019 Drop-In Sessions!


In this wonderful Spring series, we’ll move from discovery of unique rhythmic melodies to creating harmonic relationships and finally, to full-group improvisations. I hope you can join us, and bring a friend along too!

To register, click HERE.

Voice Raising Fun!

As promised, we had a spirited evening of play at the first Voice Raising of the season tonight at Cerimon House. Camaraderie, inner reaching and attuned listening pulled us into the circle of improvisational song. Thank You All! Here are several comments and pictures to mark the evening.

“Very enlightening – a universal way to communicate in group.”

“This was fun and creative and stimulating and energizing!”

“Great. Lots of fun with just enough challenge and content to keep us focused and creative…able to be spontaneous.”


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Learning Curves

Every so often my brother David and I get together to jam.  Both in our 60’s (and middle children), we simultaneously revived singing practices recently without knowing the other was doing so.  I love that kind of synchronicity!  David is incredibly fun to sing with; he’s playful, adventurous and he has the rhythm gene. He can pull a syncopated pattern out of thin air and tap dance his vocal cords through a series of complicated rhythms – no problem. Continue reading


Play is for everybody – not just kids.  It makes us bloom inside with ideas, enthusiasm, courage and wonder.  In play we cross boundaries that tame our everyday behavior and enter a realm of freedom and discovery.  Within the hum and the drum of life the current of imagination is flowing . . . always.  Right Here.  Right Now.  It tugs at dreary moments with an appealing warmth as if to say, “There is another way to be in this moment with this situation/feeling/experience. C’mon!  I’ll show you!” Continue reading

Everyday jammin’

Over the last few busy months I’ve been meeting one-to-one with friends (old and new) to jam.  These duets are casual, playful and unstructured. They flow from the personal energy/life zones we bring to our sessions.  Just as each friendship is unique, so are these musical relationships.

Journeying through rhythmic and melodic landscapes as they quicken and transform, we listen and respond in a circular way.  Some of the musical patterns that emerge become fertile ground for explorative song-making, others serve as transition zones that quiet the mind or help us reconnect. Continue reading


Welcome to Voiceweaving!  

Developed by Robin Chilstrom,Voiceweaving is a playful vocal improvisation form. Explore the site to learn about Voiceweaving and enjoy the posts on sound work.   

Voiceweaving Basics

In late 2000 I was very excited to receive a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to record Voiceweaving Basics (part 1). It was a busy year for me. I’m also a visual artist and during that year I worked with a team to create new exhibits for Portland’s Children’s Museum (which had relocated and was reopening in a huge new space). During construction artist studios were in the museum basement.

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