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Neither teachers nor animators, we nevertheless like to transmit a certain know-how, built up over these fifteen years of existence of our orchestra: writing, arrangements, improvisations, organization. About ten “soundpainters”, members of the group, regularly take part in workshops intended for various audiences, musicians or not.

A universal language of directed collective improvisation, soundpainting is as exciting to practice for experienced musicians as it is for novice amateurs. Orality, and the fact that no notion of music theory is a compulsory preliminary, make it a playful tool, immediately usable, an Esperanto of improvised music…

Initiation is possible in many ways: with a constituted ensemble, an orchestra formed for the occasion, within existing structures (music school, school, conservatory, association, etc.), and/or before a concert of Supernatural Orchestra.

Strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, but also voices, bodily movements danced or not… all modes of expression lend themselves to it for those who want to grasp this rich language of nearly 700 signs, which allows all exchanges between speakers and participants. .

Two musicians usually run a workshop jointly. These modular rehearsals, in terms of numbers and frequency (from 6 to 60 participants, for from one to 10 sessions) follow performances indoors, outdoors, in concert, cinema-concert, in the wedding hall of a town hall , under marquees, in Medical Educational Institutes…

Banda Caracol, the Surnat workshop!

This 2023-2024 season, Surnatural Orchestra is (re-)setting up Banda Caracol, an amateur orchestra open to all: adults, teenagers and children who already play an instrument.

Reflecting the multi-cultural richness of the people of Bagnolet, the repertoire will cross all continents. Music with hair and bones. Vietnamese rumba, waltzes for centipedes, oceanic trance, battle songs against the Night, lullabies to whisper in the desert… and compositions by Surnatural Orchestra.

In three-hour sessions, we’ll be playing rhythmic games, improvising and learning songs, not forgetting (we’re playing, we’re playing, we’re playing!)… a bite to eat together. And as soon as the first notes are ready, we’ll play them on Sundays at the local café, for the neighbourhood fête, in the park, in a garden… until the whole of Bagnolet knows them by heart and sings them with us.

A fine handful of musicians from Collectif Surnatural: Laurent Géhant, Fabrice Theuillon, Camille Secheppet. Nicolas Stephan, Francois Roche-Juárez, Clea Torales and supernatural guests like Denis Charolles (Les Musiques à Ouïr), will take turns leading this ensemble, coordinated by Clea Torales, flutist/saxophonist and super-secret agent in the listening and cajoling department.

Rehearsals on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, starting in October 2023, at Studio Caracol, 59 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 93170 Bagnolet (M° Gallieni).
For registrations and further information, please send an email to Clea by clicking here.

La Palette, Collectif Surnatural’s Soundpainting workshop

A multidisciplinary Soundpainting workshop for amateur, student and professional artists. Soundpainting, a sign language for real-time composition, will serve as a tool for experimenting with transdisciplinary forms of artistic expression combining music, dance, theater and visual arts. Public presentations of the workshop’s work are planned throughout the year.
The workshop is coordinated by Claude Whipple, guitarist and certified multidisciplinary soundpainter.

Rehearsals on Fridays at 6.30pm in our Caracol studio, 59 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 93170 Bagnolet (M° Gallieni).
If you’d like to take part, please contact Claude by e-mail by clicking here.