Sat, 29 Sept | Hope Studios


Two performance-filled days looking a lyric interpretation, emotion, communication, physicalisation and stagecraft for singers of all genres led by one of the world's most celebrated song interpreters, Barb Jungr and vocal rehabilitation and technique specialist, Dane Chalfin
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Time & Location

29 Sept 2018, 10:00 – 30 Sept 2018, 16:00
Hope Studios, 52 Newton St, Manchester M1 1ED, UK

About The Event

Interpretation and Performance with Barb Jungr and Dane Chalfin

29-30 September 2018


Hope Studios, Manchester

A unique opportunity for singers to spend two days exploring lyric and musical interpretation, emotion, communication, physicalisation and stagecraft. All singers welcome regardless of genre including those who do or don't write their own material. Whether we sing opera, musical theatre, pop, rock or jazz there are central themes in performance based around identity, emotional needs, and communication that are universal.

Group work will include the exploration of text, breath, body and communication.

All participants will bring at least two songs to perform and receive interactive coaching from Barb and Dane.

Singing teachers and vocal coaches who would prefer not to perform are also invited to attend. There will also be group exploration of lyric interpretation and all delegates will receive a copy of Dane's chapter about interpretation from Bloomsbury's "Singer-Songwriter Handbook."

Lunch will not be provided but tea/coffee/water will be available. The venue is in the heart of Manchester City Centre and there are local eateries within walking distance to suit every taste and budget.

Your Presenters

Barb Jungr - Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Director

“It’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a lovechild who was adopted by Carmen McCrae!” Glam Adelaide

“The brilliant jazz singer on world-beating form. Barb Jungr proves she’s a genuine jazz marvel….A true musical alchemist. She is truly a marvel, who should not be missed” **** 4 stars The Telegraph

In a widely admired career that has defied categorization, musician, writer, composer, lyricist, Barb Jungr, has been critically lauded for her insightful and passionate interpretive style, described as “revelatory” by the New York Times. Her deconstruction/reconstruction of popular songs and unusual and beautiful musical arrangements are characteristics that allow the listener new insights into familiar music. In recent years, Jungr has brought her singular talents to the songbooks of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, Jacques Brel and more, creating the genre of the New American Songbook. In her 45 year recording career alongside many collaborations she has released 18 solo albums, many for Linn Records, receiving outstanding reviews worldwide and winning many awards. Jungr and McDaniel’s collaboration has now produced two recordings. In 2011, Jungr received the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best International Artist, and Time Out New York's #1 Top Live Cabaret Act for 2011.

Her powerful singing style reaches across musical boundaries and defies easy categorization.

Jungr co-adapted and wrote songs and music for Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake with director Peter Glanville for Polka Children's Theatre. Liver Birds Flying Home, for which she co-wrote the book and the songs (with Mike Lindup of Level 42) had a 5 week run at Liverpool’s iconic Royal Court Theatre in spring 2018.

In 2016, Barb undertook a sellout Australian tour, playing Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, and the Adelaide and Brisbane Cabaret Festivals. She visited the US several times, appearing as a featured artist in the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in NYC, as part of James Gavin’s celebration of Peggy Lee. She also performed at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs, California as part of Michael Childer’s annual One Night Only gala, this one focusing on the work of Stephen Sondheim with John McDaniel MD. Meanwhile, on US television Barb was interviewed for her own episode of The Kate, a nationally broadcast six-part music and performance series on PBS, presenting ‘bold performers with something to say’. As well as the interview, Barb’s episode featured a filmed live performance of her collaboration with Grammy winning jazz virtuoso Lawrence Hobgood, Shelter from the Storm.

Alongside her solo work, 2016 saw Barb write music and lyrics for Peter Glanville’s new adaptation of Helen Stephens’ How to Hide a Lion, a show for ages 3-6 which ran at Polka Theatre for four months. It transferred to the Oxford Playhouse and the Little Angel Theatre in 2017 and tours the UK in autumn 2018.

“Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’s cabaret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’s consciousness.” The Guardian

With a devoted following in the UK, Barb has also built a major fan base in the USA and earned many awards there for her CDs and performances (Broadway World award for Hard Rain in 2014, the Time Out New York Cabaret Nightlife Award for Outstanding Vocalist and Backstage Award for Best International Artist, to name just a few). The Village Voice opined: “One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today.” Time Out New York called Barb “One of the best nightclub singers in the world.” The New York Times said Jungr “is a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor.” The Wall Street Journal considered her Bob Dylan album Every Grain of Sand, now regarded as a cult classic album, “the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far”.

Barb has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers of the UK. With Mark-Anthony Turnage, she wrote About Water, which she sang at the reopening of the Southbank with the London Sinfonietta. Recently she was a featured artist in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Corby musicians and singers in the Deep Roots Tall Trees project, of which she is artistic director and for which she continues to work.

Barb’s extensive radio and TV appearances in the UK include BBC Radio 4 Start The Week, A Good Read, Saturday Review, Front Row, and Saturday Live. On BBC4 TV she has appeared as an expert on Piaf and Nina Simone and on the singing voice. She was featured in the special Bob Dylan concert filmed at The Barbican Concert Hall for both BBC4 TV and BBC 2. In the USA she is currently featured in an hour-long performance for the nationally shown TV series, The Kate.

For the last 6 years Barb has been a Master Teacher at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre’s Cabaret Conference in Connecticut.

“Brings the same creativity for reinterpretation and re-examination that Ella Fitzgerald brought to Cole Porter.” Wall Street Journal


Dane Chalfin - Singing Teacher, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, Researcher, Author

Dane Chalfin a UK-based Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing Teacher with clients include charting bands/artists, West End productions of Rock of Ages, Wind and the Willows, Sunny Afternoon and Motown; national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Evita, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia; and record labels including Sony, Columbia, Universal, Polydor and many independents. TV work includes shows like The One Show, The Voice and Eurovision.

Dane's clinic-based research into the physiology of Primal Sound in contemporary singing styles, pedagogy, and endoscopic assessment of singing voice disorders are being used by singing teachers, speech therapists and choir directors across the UK. This work has been presented at many national and international voice conferences over the last twelve years.

Dane has been a Director of the British Voice Association for 10 years and was President from 2015-2016. He is also a member of the Medical Committee of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians Wellbeing Advisory Board of Help Musicians UK. He formerly held the positions of Associate Professor of Vocal Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Teaching Fellow at LIPA and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford.

Dane has written chapters for TC-Helicon's The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health; The Singer/Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury 2017); the second edition of Compton Publishing's The Voice Clinic Handbook; and his book Primal Voice in Pop, Rock and Theatre will be available soon.

Dane enjoys working with professional and developing singers from all genres, especially ones with difficult cases of voice trouble. If you are intersted in having a consultation please get in touch. Dane has studios in London and Manchester and sessions are available via Skype for clients worldwide.

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