2019-2020 has been a time of deep soul reflection and reinvention for me. As I continue to re-member the truth of who I really am and connect with the deep inner calling of my soul, I’ve begun to resonate with, and therefore attract new, wonderful people to me, without even looking for them.
One such person is Bisan Toron, renowned, international vocal artist and voice teacher.
Like Alfred Wohlfson, Bisan sees the voice as a “muscle of the soul”. Through your voice you can feel your truth and ultimately express your authentic self whether you are a singer or not. Bisan says, “Providing there is the will and the listening required to do so, everyone can experience their voice as a portal into the eternal”.
Can we heal and discover our true self by experiencing our own voice? I had to find out by asking Bisan about her new method of soul expression.
Here is what she had to say…
Who founded Voice Creatures?
Bisan Toron – circa 2010
This pedagogy sort of gradually emerged over time (perhaps starting in Spain), but if I had to choose a place where I started to use it purposely, it would be NY, New York.
I was driven by a visceral need to find a deeper connection with my voice. I had felt a growing distance between my authentic feelings and my expression. This feeling of falseness created suffering, which compelled me to face old pain that had been calcified in my body. In turning toward my depth and releasing these trapped parts of myself (the rejected parts), I found that these emotions had a very particular location, a way they wanted to move, breathe and sound. Voice Creatures is the name I gave to these disowned parts of myself, which I invited to live through sound. I can’t really say I “created” Voice Creatures – it really revealed itself to me as a healing byproduct of my own process of turning within. I simply gave it a name.
What is it that makes this tool so amazingly transformational?
‘Voice Creatures’ explores the capacity of our voice to reflect our many dimensions. In bridging the chasm between our innermost feelings and what comes out of the mouth as expression, we free up our range of expression and our capacity to resonate our note in the world.
This work is transformational because it opens direct pathways to primal sounds through the support of classical techniques grounded in the map of the body. Participants are guided to lift and transmute the burden of their private, hidden voices. In allowing these silenced or forgotten parts of themselves into sound, they uncover greater depth, lucidity and freedom of expression.
What type of client/presenting problem is this perfect for?
How easy/hard has it been to create a business from Voice Creatures?
It has not been overnight: I bring together classical Western technique, further studies in Ethnomusicology, cross cultural and extended vocal techniques, as well as my studies in mysticism and Sufism in particular.
What type of person should seriously consider training in Voice Creatures?
Truly, the only prerequisite is curiosity and a willingness to re-imagine conventional ideas about singing.
The work is in the spirit of investigation – almost like an archeologist digging for spaces and connections in the body.
Working from this perspective, we learn a lot about our vocal habits and obstructive patterns: for example, how we withhold the breath from the voice, whether we tend to push (defending ourselves from feeling the subtle breath in our own bodies) or hold back (not trusting our sound/word in the world).