The Body’s Score

Food for Body Thinking (Bessel van der Kolk’s groundbreaking book) Anyone who knows me knows about my respect for the body’s wisdom. It’s the cornerstone of my pedagogy in the studio and a passionate research interest, and of course there’s a...

The weight of oneself

The Weight of Oneself (Elmgreen and Dragset), Lyon, France, August 2019. (photo: Kimberly Barber) For the last 3 summers, I’ve taught voice at the Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France. It’s a summer program offered through the Conservatoire de Lyon where I teach an...

The Language of the Heart

Hearts tied on the pedestrian bridge across the Saone River in Lyon France, August 2019 (Photo: Kimberly Barber) In the aftermath of my participation in the cross-Canada Mysterious Barricades concerts (www.mysteriousbarricades.org), I’ve been thinking a lot about the...

The Kleenex Box

THE KLEENEX BOX ON MY PIANO, COMPLETE WITH A HEART-CENTRED SCULPTURE (PHOTO: KIMBERLY BARBER; SCULPTURE BY JANA PHILIPP) So there’s an elephant in the room. Relationships. That behemoth that, in our world as social creatures, dependent on one another for nurturing,...

The Emotional Landscape

I have guided many singers over the years in my work as a vocal pedagogue and clinician, taking them through a process of establishing their vocal technique and all the while—initially without realizing it—I was also guiding them through an emotional and spiritual...