Vinx SOUL KITCHEN RETREAT - FRANCE
Session ONE Saturday, Oct 29 - Saturday, Nov 5 2022!!!
Session TWO Monday, Nov 7 - Sunday, Nov 13 2022!!!
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We are so excited to announce that we have made special arrangements with our friends at Limusic Studio in Limoux, France to help us host our next SOUL KITCHEN CREATIVITY WORKSHOP! Located in the heart of the Languedoc wine country, steeped in the spiritual history of the Cathar region - where Medieval castle spires and the Pyrenees mountains seem to touch the heavens themselves - we can't imagine a more creative place to delve into your craft and explore your creativity!
This special Creativity Lab that we call Soul Kitchen is designed for musicians, artists and creative folk from all genres:
- to invigorate your creative spark
- to meet other musicians and creative folks from around the world in an open atmosphere that promotes collaboration and exploration
- to hone your performance skills
The creativity exchange will include ample time for rehearsals, new creations and collaborations and of course performances - The Suga Lip Lounge will be in full swing as well! This is a great opportunity for professionals to work on their craft and for the novice to learn from top notch international teachers, no matter your language skills! You will not be alone... all sessions will have translators available... we got you!
We are living in a very challenging, socially isolating time. One of the most important activities for creative thinking is the sharing of resources and mentorship. Together we can conquer any obstacle or nemesis. Our goal is to enhance and respectfully sustain the craft of songwriting. – Vinx
Each Soul Kitchen retreat is unique because every group of artists are unique and have different challenges individually and collaboratively. We tailor each experience based on the wonderful people that attend each retreat!
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SESSION ONE Oct 29-nov 5th 2022
What I do differently at a Soul Kitchen retreat
I put you in a position to build lasting relationships with artists that you may not meet on the streets - My career is built with my network of friends along the way and students that grew into great successful creative powers - My intention is to share and at times be a matchmaker with my hard earned personal resources for deserving new talents.
I teach in a different way, that is the only way to coach artists. I have to create an individual curriculum that brings out the Unique Artists Within. There is no formula that works for everybody because we are all equipped with a different skill-set & quality of tools and perceptions.
Here are examples of exercises that have been part of past Soul Kitchen retreats:
Meet your genius – introduction to yourself (critical listening) Expose your unique opinion and creativity (authentic self) / vocal stylings / what’s between the notes
Twinkle Twinkle – it’s not a song it’s just a bed or base for you to decorate with your own style
Appreciating Diversity – Learn to respect and listen to the creative process and truth of others (true diversity) gender switching, role playing – true diversity is appreciating the subtle differences in how we view shared experiences
Mic Mechanics - learn from the best how to work that mic ... do you know what mic is best for you and your range?
Lyric Lessons – don’t fear the corn! punch line set-up, just because it rhymes doesn’t make it a song. Word-smithing
See and hear beyond the obvious – inanimate objects can speak, so can photos, nature, history and the world around you
Master our melody challenge – (Create 5 melodies from 1 groove) Discover harmony as scat – explore your choices
Finding ways to be inspired – (triggering the artist within) a picture says a thousand words
Etiquette in the Studio - what to do and NOT to do or say to your live or recording sound engineers!!! Take charge of your sessions or live sound events
SESSION TWO Nov 7- Nov 13th 2022
Week 2 is all about The Sync Report (@tsr) - and the challenges of creating to a specific brief!
- We’ll dive into the world of METADATA and sidebars on licensing “how to make it easy for music supervisors”
- We learn from filmmakers how to translate what they are asking for - they don’t always “know” what they are looking for and so we must read between the lines. Sometimes we have to simply present what we feel because they may never have thought of this as a possibility..
- For Film we are a culinary/musical paradise … Like a 4 star chef, we gather a great pantry full of fresh ingredients/artists and spices/creatives, in a state of the art kitchen/studio. This is where we are sautéed together discovering our relationships with each other, and sometimes the bitter enhances the sweet.
- We will be creating in comfortable housing and with plenty of food to fuel our creative energy, in France there is no shortage of wine.
- The recording studios are connected to each other- our village is bursting with available talent and we want to make it easy to share.
- The Stage is waiting for improvised, magical discoveries plus rehearsal space for the hard work to complete a visionary quest!
- Episodes will be filmed, featuring interviews, jam session, conversations, the creative process, production, how often “the Art Outweighs the Pay”
- PAY over PASSION or PASSION over PAY? When does passion become PROPERTY?
COMPLETE REGISTRATION DETAILS TO FOLLOW SHORTLY - We have a maximum of 20 slots available per week so check back here often and please go ahead and send Jennifer an email at email@example.com
PRICE - $1500 which includes your food and lodging, the workshop fee and studio time (airfare to Toulouse airport is not included but at this time of year should be about $800 or less)
DEPOSIT - $300 due immediately to hold your spot (please note that this fee is non-refundable excepting in cases like COVID). We have a few spots left in each week, and it's filling up fast, so don't delay!!!
FINAL BALANCE - the remaining balance, $1200 will be due September 1, 2022 - we are planning a group ZOOM call for all attendees to answer questions and provide final details. Stay tuned...
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ACCOMMODATION week #1- check in, Saturday Oct 29 - check out, Saturday Nov 5: week #2 check in, Monday Nov 7 - check out Sunday nov 13: Limusic Studio, Domaine de Bourigeols, 11300, Limoux FRANCE, +33689379539
Limusic Studio is a gorgeous renovated wine domaine in the heart of the Languedoc wine country! This is NOT a hotel, please note! This is a beautifully renovated former private home, stables and vineyard ... the owners have created a series of bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate 20 people. Most bedrooms have 2 twin beds and share a bath on the same hall with one or two other rooms, but everything is top notch. Our affordable pricing reflects this situation AND is how we have always run Soul Kitchen ... it's a grown folks slumber party! If you wish private lodging or more luxurious lodging in the area, please send Jennifer an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she can recommend nearby hotels or rentals. In this situation, you would need a car and we would credit you with part of the registration fee as you would be making any other arrangements privately. LIMUSIC RESIDENTIAL RECORDING STUDIOS
We strongly encourage you to stay at Limusic Studios ... plan a few days before or after to have a little extra vacation nearby or in any European city as all of Europe is so easy to access!
Transportation will be available from Toulouse airport or Carcassonne train station on week #1 Saturday, Oct 29 & week #2 Monday Nov 7. Then returning on week #1 Saturday, November 5 & week #2 Sunday nov 13 at a minimum extra charge. Please inquire...
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"Thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities within my story. I am re-energized" - Libor H., CZ
"I am now using my voice in ways I never thought possible. Thank you, Vinx, for your inspiration!" - Florence J., Luxembourg
"I have studied voice for many years, but you have single handedly blown open a whole new way of thinking about my art" - Patti M., USA
"How do you know when you have mastered your craft?” I don’t think I can answer that for anyone, but I do believe that true Mastery like Excellence, arrives with an empty cup so that it can grow, evolve and continue to improve. I’m here for it and excited for my next session with Vinx!" ~ Hedda Kim, Las Vegas USA
What Is The Soul Kitchen Retreat?
The Songwriter Soul Kitchen is a Creativity Exchange, a meeting place for artists of all levels... singers, musicians, engineers, producers, painters, poets, sculptors, film-makers, story-tellers and just plain creative folk. For one full week or weekend, you will experience hands on recording studios, workshops, creativity sessions, writing sessions with groups and as an individual, multiple live performance opportunities and much more. Soul Kitchen is the brainchild of International world class performer, Vinx De'Jon Parrette. He is a former Berklee College of Music educator, songwriter, recording artist, ethnomusicologist, a mutiple award winning documentary film subject and a great coach.
During the week / weekend, each session is crafted to present and develop tools for critical listening to help you better understand the source of your inspiration. We all have a life filter that houses our library of experiences and memories. This filter allows us to color and embellish all information that is received through it. Yet we rarely recognize that our true genius walks within our own unique creative process.