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The Generative Voice: A Sonic Birth and a Powerful Metaphor

Broadcast on June 29, 2022
With Silvia Nakkach
Hosted by Alec Sims

You don’t need to ask for permission to sing! Silvia Nakkach says you might just have to change your mindset, and re-focus on your voice as springing forth from the original, most intimate (and generative) space of co-existence — the placenta. The voice starts developing in the womb, and is the first instrument that connects to your emotional disposition and indescribable feelings. The voice is directed and connected to your umbilical cord, the mother, and the birth of creative expression. The voice is a medium for deep listening.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A unique approach to the voice as a point of entry that connects with primordial vital energy and prana (life force)
  • When the voice is free from the archetype of the singer, the voice is a resonant therapeutic medium for quantum listening
  • Multiplying connections and metaphors of inner-work and healing, cultivating familiarity with an original repertory of practices
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Silvia Nakkach

Founder, Artistic Director at The Vox Mundi School of Sound and the Voice

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy®-nominated musician, and has received numerous awards as a composer and performer. She is an author, a recording artist, a former clinical psychotherapist, and an internationally accredited specialist in cross-cultural sound and music therapies, including music in shamanic practices. She is founding director of the International Vox Mundi School of Sound and the Voice, devoted to the preservation of unusual vocal cultures through performance, education, and spiritual practice, with ongoing training programs across the U.S., Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Europe, and India. She was on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where she created the first certificate program in sound, voice, and music in the healing arts offered by a major academic institution.

She is academic consultant and core instructor at New York Open Center Sound Practitioner Institute. She's also a regular visiting professor of music and sound therapy at universities across the world. She is a mentor in the implementation of music at the Center of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Research at CIIS. In addition to her many academic credentials, Silvia has devoted 40 years to the study of classical North Indian music and the art of raga singing under the direction of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan and other great living masters of the Dhrupad tradition. As a voice culturist and composer, she has released sixteen CD albums, and is a contributing author of several scholarly books. Her latest books are Free Your Voice... and Proceedings of the Yoga & Psyche Conference. The Yoga of the Voice, her certified program, has graduated hundreds of students across the world.

Silvia Nakkach