Singers are invited to explore the joy of playful vocalizing Sunday evening, Jan. 31 with the skillful assist of ImproVox, a Maine vocal quintet that promises a musical cure for the spectator blues. ImproVox will lead a Vortex workshop 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Cider Barn of Carver Hill, 264 Meadow St.

ImproVox will gently leads singers into an engaging variety of vocal forms during the Vortex workshop, which offers delicious melodies, surprising harmonies and percussive polyrhythms. The following ImproVox concert will include prepared music, improvisational songs and even lyrics written on the spot by audience.

ImproVox explores vocal sound and harmony like a dancer explores space and rhythm, like a painter explores color and form, like a songbird explores the sunrise- with joyful anticipation of something wonderful on the horizon.
The a cappella quintet’s eclectic spirit reflects its membership. Dr. Fred White is a clinical psychologist who advocates singing as a healing activity. Deb Hensley is an early childhood consultant promoting the value of music and play in literacy development. Kathy Slack is a vocalist, humorist and teacher of communication, public speaking and voice, seeking to develop community with fellow musical souls. Martin Swinger is a music educator teaching songwriting to elementary and middle school students. Matt Loosigian is a children’s music teacher and family choir director.

ImproVox performs and presents workshops at festivals, conferences, private and corporate functions, colleges and universities throughout Maine and the Northeast. Highly spirited and versatile, this five-member ensemble liberates the voice and builds community through spontaneous vocal exploration – bringing singers of all levels together for uniquely freeing vocal experiences.

Spinning music on the spot, ImproVox creates an unparalleled context for connecting meaningfully with others in both performance and workshop settings.

Space is limited, so advance signup is recommended. Cost for both the workshop and concert is $15; call 236-0745 to reserve a spot. Light snacks and beverages will be available for a donation.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.