EMBODY Lab: A Catalyst of the Vocal Arts
Shodekeh is one of my fellow Baltimore based beatboxers. One of the many sub-projects related to his EMBODY master plan (you’ll have to talk to him directly for more on this!) is the EMBODY Lab series, taking place at the Metro Gallery in beautiful Station North, Bmore.
Last night was the second gathering for the EMBODY Lab. Hosted by Jamaal Black Root Collier, it was an evening of celebration of the human vocal capacity. What I enjoy most about this series is its emphasis on tearing down the wall between performer and audience. Black Root lead a variety of vocal activities which required direct audience participation, and in some cases audience members getting on stage to perform. As in the first EMBODY Lab, last night’s list of performers was varied: beatboxers, chanters, classical opera singers, all improvising together with direction provided by Shodekeh and Black Root.
I left Metro Gallery feeling inspired and enchanted, and more than anything, lucky to be a vocal artist.
Here’s a video of the beatboxing set from EMBODY Lab 1: