On April 2, I gave a presentation/workshop/performance entitled Sound Somatics: Listening With The Body at COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors) in Wappingers Falls, NY. Hosted by artists Allyson and Alex Grey, it was a fantastic evening of art, sound, deep listening, and rich conversation.

I began with a presentation about the relationship of musicians to their instruments. I discussed my Musical Anatomy drawings with examples of the musicians and instruments represented.

Shawn Feeney discussing instruments at COSM

photo by Rahul Bader

The evening developed with listening exercises and an exploration of vocal overtones using real-time spectrograms.

Shawn Feeney vocal overtone exercises

photo by Rahul Bader

We then played with somatic instruments, including my Somatic Percussion Station and Overtone Crown.

Somatic Percussion Station at COSM

Somatic Percussion Station

Alex Grey tried the Overtone Crown in front of the Auracle, with a huge reproduction of Alex’s Oversoul in the background.

Shawn Feeney playing Overtone Crown on Alex Grey

Getting attuned last night with Shawn Feeney. Super awesome night at CoSM!

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To conclude, I performed a sound bath using Himalayan and quartz bowls, bells, chimes, and vocals. Afterwards the Greys guided a fascinating discussion with us about art and the role of sound in our lives.

Sound bath photo by John Harris

photo by Lauren Gale

Concluding discussion photo by Lauren Gale