Vocal Music


VOCAL STUDIES:

  • Elizabeth Howard - Vocal Power Institute, Los Angeles.
  • Raymond Harrell - Magic Circle Opera Repetory Ensemble, New York City.
  • David Hykes - Harmonic Singing Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Sushil Mukherjee - East Indian Vocal Studies, Lenox, Massachusetts.
  • Donna Harler - Classical and Theatrical Music, Amherst College, Massachusetts.
  • Suzin Greene - “Opening the Voice”, Violet Ray Theatre, Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen - The School for Body-Mind Centering, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • Teenage Performing Arts Workshops (TAPAW), New York City.
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City.

VOCAL TEACHING:

Jim was a Vocal Director at the Los Angeles Theatre Center for a number of productions there in 1989 and 1990, including the acclaimed “Minamata”. He specialized in the teaching of “extended vocal techniques”. He also has given “Singing the Body Alive” workshops for the Los Angeles Network of Sound Healers, and in numerous other locations across North America. In the early 1990’s he gave private vocal lessons for students in Southern California, and as a composer he continues to explore new frontiers in the use of the human voice.

VOCAL CREDITS:

Jim’s singing voice has been heard in a number of feature films, including “Jacob’s Ladder”, “Geronimo” (TNT version), and “Journey to Spirit Island”. Using “extended vocal techniques” such as overtone singing, he has transformed his voice in these soundtracks to immitate the singing of whales and to suggest the crying of ancestral spirits.

WORLD MUSIC VOCALS:

Jim sings traditional songs in over twenty languages representing Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North, Central and South America. These languages include:

  • EUROPE - English, Spanish, French, Croatian and Macedonian
  • AFRICA - Arabic, Borana and Ancient Egyptian
  • ASIA - Hebrew, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali
  • OCEANIA - Hawaiian
  • NORTH AMERICA - Lakota, Hopi, Navajo, Kiowa, Seneca, Kwagiutl and Nahuatl
  • CENTRAL AMERICA - Mayan
  • SOUTH AMERICA - Quechua