By Rébecca Kleinberger, Diana Robinson, Alexandra Rieger, Sizi Chen.
We were thrilled to lead a workshop at Drexel University’s ExCITe Center as part of its Young Dragons summer camp hosted by Professor Youngmoo Kim and his students. It was an energizing and illuminating morning! Working with the kids, we learned about the sounds of Philadelphia that resonated the most with them. Our activities drew out stories and thoughts about their favorite parts of Philadelphia, the sounds they heard there, and together we explored how to recreate these using just voices. Following this prompt, the kids also transcribed these sounds with crayons onto large papen canvases - some using words, others creating visual scores. At the end of the workshop, each group gathered to perform their mini composition. Despite some initial shyness, our performers were all very impressive in their unique styles, embodying something precious and intangible about the sounds that animated them. Congratulations to all the Young Dragons and thank you for letting us see Philly through your eyes, voices, and energy!