Zpěvomat (Sing o mat) is a “musical instrument of the streets playing to the wishes of passers-by”, i.e., a combination of a workshop and a public site specific performance.
The first stage is a morning workshop with a group of people interested in singing. Under the guidance of an instructor they meet in the morning and sing and prepare.
After a break for lunch they set off for a busy part of town and invite random passers-by to sit on the chair inside the circle.
It is quite clear from listening that the Zpěvomat choir is composed of amateurs, sometimes something grates, is out of tune, falls apart rhythmically and then it gets back to running with greater harmony. That’s just fine. There are so many people around us who do not sing because someone once told them that they don’t know how, we are overwhelmed with music from the media, professionally recorded and edited, finely tuned, perfect. There are many blocks that prevent singing. It is time to hear real people singing, people who, despite their imperfections, obviously enjoy it and can bring delight to others. It is healing.
Similarly, for the Zpěvomat members, judging by the reaction, it is an interesting experience that even their imperfect vocals could create a powerful experience that touches, enchants and pleases.
There have been several Zpěvomats in Prague and several cities in the Czech republic.
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