Time to return to Bowen
Karla Mundy says that she loves playing on Bowen Island and has found that audiences here are “very warm, open, playful, receptive and attentive.” Islanders might remember her from her concerts with TriVo and The Shirleys. On Saturday, January 26, Mundy will return to the island with TriVo members Brian Tate and Dawn Pemberton to host a gospel, world music and rhythm workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel. A minimum of 12 people, ages 13 and up, can participate for a fee of $60 each. The registration includes free entry to the TriVo concert on Sunday, January 27, at 4 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel.
“Brian, Dawn and I know lots of people on the Island and we have all performed here before and loved it,” Mundy said. “ Dawn and I have performed on Bowen quite a few times with The Shirleys and I have played on the island with two other bands over the years - Cleia and Plough. Dawn and I gave a workshop on Bowen two years ago and we had a great turnout and a fabulous time - we figured it was time to come back.”
Mundy said that the workshop mostly focuses on gospel and African music. “We’ll be working on five or six songs and playing with style, technique, rhythm, vocal production and getting the groove. We will teach the music by ear so no prior singing/choral experience is necessary,” she explained.
In addition to being a new mother, Mundy is a vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. She leads harmony singing workshops and is an active performer. “I love teaching harmony singing because there is not much in this world that makes people happier than singing together,” she said. “TriVo makes a good team that loves teaching workshops together. We find that we learn so much from each other and we get to take turns singing within the group. I find teaching singing to groups of people is always very energizing and rewarding. Often people are shy to sing and don’t think that they will be able to and it’s beautiful to see people gaining confidence and starting to open up with their voices.”
Workshop participants will also be encouraged to take their new-found confidence to the stage and Mundy says, “We hope to get the workshop participants to sing a couple of songs with us at the concert on Sunday.”
This will not be the last time Mundy will come to Bowen - she has already planned a CD release concert for Saturday, February 16, for her first solo CD Way Back. “We will be sharing the night with my sister Keona Hammond’s fabulous Bowen-based band - Thereafter,” she says.
Workshop registration is at www.karlamundy.com or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.