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Grady Cousins: Balinese Monkey Chant

Balinese Monkey Chant: The Rhythmic Interplay of Community Voice

This workshop is inspired by the interlocking vocal rhythms of Balinese Kecak (pronounced Ketjak), known to Westerners as Monkey Chant– Building Community Connection and Energy Through the Interlocking Vocal Rhythms of Monkey Chant. It is about Holding One’s Own Voice Strongly while Inter-Weaving with the Many Voices of Others in Community.  It is about releasing one’s Voice into greater freedom and expression.  There is laughter and improvisational voice exploration as well. Grady is passionate about the potential empowerment and joy that is born within a group of people focused upon interweaving their voices with monkey chant.

Grady Cousins, founding director of the One People Voice Company, is a Performing Artist who has done his work since 1982 on the street, in bars, in theaters, and in art galleries throughout the United States, Amsterdam, England, and Germany.  He received a BFA (2000) in Theater from California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, Grady studied under I Nyoman Wenten (of Sading, Bali), who taught and inspired him greatly in the realm of Balinese Kecak (Monkey Chant).  He has taught the fundamental rhythmic interplay of Kechak in Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, & San Francisco, CA, Ashland & Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, New York City, Amsterdam, and Berlin, among others.

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