RHIANNON is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over four decades.
From her stellar collaborations with the all-women jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin – Voicestra, and Gimme5, to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist. In recent years she has continued to refine her improvisation work by performing in two ensembles: a cappella trio WeBe3 with Joey Blake and David Worm, Spontaneous, featuring renowned instrumentalists Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuña, Otmaro Ruiz and Jetro daSilva.. These groups have toured internationally, giving completely improvised performances. In 2012 Rhiannon Music released Spontaneous, a live improvised recording. Rhiannon continues to enjoy touring and teaching with Bobby McFerrin in the US and Europe.
Rhiannon’s most recent collaborations include jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer, Yamaha® artist and Grammy® winner Laurence Hobgood. Rhiannon and Laurence perform a powerful combination of compositions and improvisations in a duo called The Two of Us. Award-winning choreographer Margie Gillis joins Rhiannon to collaborate in a workshop/performance: The Nature of Voice and Body. Rhiannon also creates performance pieces with dancer Shizuno Nasu of Volcano Village, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. Their performances are rich with the cultural mix of the ancient dances of the Shinto temples and the raucous blend of jazz, soundscape and world music. Bridging cultures, they meet in the universal world of improvisation. They perform in Hawaii and in Japan with other musicians and artists sharing an environmental message, The Ocean Regards Us All As One.
The powerful body-based vocal improvisation and sound healing process that Rhiannon teaches internationally in workshops and retreats is a result of living in these times as an artist on the cutting edge of music and theater. She offers an international year-long training called All The Way In with more than 125 graduates who continue to meet in annual reunions as well as collaborative projects resulting from their work in All The Way In.
Rhiannon’s long-awaited book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal River, The Skill and Spirit of Improvisation, was published in 2013. Read more about Vocal River.
When she is not touring, she lives and works at Leo Nani Farms on Hawai’i Island, growing food and “cultivating the arts through farming.” In 2016, Ha Lau Leo Nani, The Gathering Place at Leo Nani Farms, was built. This singing barn hosts Rhiannon’s workshops and teacher trainings, as well as gatherings with other selected teachers from Rhiannon’s extensive group of colleagues around the world.