Polyphonies of Georgia and the Balkans

Sylvie Zahnd

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Les Aoédé is a small group of women brought together by the desire to explore and blend their voices in a friendly and benevolent atmosphere.
The repertoire is based on the polyphonies of Georgia but also of the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Northern Europe.
An important part of the work is dedicated to the exploration and experimentation of the involvement of the body in the production of sound and in particular to its vibration. This work is based on the method that Frank Kane has developed from his observation of traditional Georgian singing practices.
The listening and the link within the group is another important point of this approach. It is also worked in the form of "Circle Song" and improvisations.
Singing in choir is to unite one's voice with others, to tune in to vibrate together with the same sound, the same rhythm, the same breath.


From a very young age, Sylvie Zahnd was fascinated by singing and harmony and learned music in a self-taught way. From 1981 to 1990, she made a living from her music and played as an accordionist and singer in various music groups in Spain and Switzerland.
She then trained as a singer by attending courses and workshops for many years, notably with Rachèle Bersier, Audrey Michael, the Roy Hart Theatre, Michèle Hendrix, Bob Stoloff etc.
In 1990, she attended the Serge Martin Theatre School in Geneva and then, from 2005 to 2008, the Master of Music course at the Geneva Conservatory.
Since 1993, she has worked as a musician and actress in various productions: storytelling and music shows, improvisation shows, clown cabarets, singing tours.
At the same time, she has directed many vocal groups: the UOG choir (for non-French speaking people), the CEFCA group (for mentally handicapped people), the mixed choir of the Abbey (40 singers in the Vallée de Joux) and, for 20 years, the Chorale des Bains for which she will also do a large part of the arrangements and will put on four major shows, in which she will be the director, and at times, the actress. Today she continues with enthusiasm this directing activity with different choirs: Les Voix de la Gare (30 choristers, Geneva), Un Chat dans la Gorge (8 choristers, Vallée de Joux) and a Voice Exploration Workshop (Geneva).
Through voice work, she likes to awaken in each person the discovery of his or her vocal potential through listening, exploring and playing.
She has practiced different styles with happiness and particularly likes traditional polyphonic songs of the world.
Since 2017, she has been in continuing education with Frank Kane on the Georgian singing technique, which emphasizes vibration in the body in a very precise way. She uses this technique with great happiness in her various teachings around singing.

PLACE : Ateliers d'ethnomusicologie - 10, rue Montbrillant - 1201 Genève

TIMETABLE & DATES : les mercredis de 9h30 à11h30

FEE : 120.- CHF month/ 100.- CHF Adem members
(to be paid at the beginning of the quarter)

JAUGE : 12 participants

CONTACT : T : 076 384 77 73

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