Creative Songwriting, Arranging and Rhythm: Tell Your Story through Song with Katie Sawicki & Zanny Geffel

Sat, February 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Workshop Series at The Sou’wester

Creative Songwriting, Arranging and Rhythm: Tell Your Story through Song with Katie Sawicki & Zanny Geffel

Portland based, orchestral-rock band, The Cabin Project – Katie Sawicki and Zanny Geffel combine freewrite, lyric exploration, and song arrangement into a workshop offering.  Learn how to compose your own musical story in collaboration or independently.  Over the course of 7 years, this duo has built a methodology for songwriting, which will be discussed.  Specifically, the interplay of rhythm and lyric cadence, to compose melodies that are moving and dynamic.  Explore communicating timeless themes such as love, justice, loss, and other life journeys.  In addition, Zanny will introduce hand drumming and rhythm circle techniques, as a way to transcend one’s conscious practice, through contemplative improvisation.


Katie Sawicki provides individualized, strategic, support to organizations, coalitions, and community groups seeking to advance racial justice work. This includes policy, research and advocacy; and organizational development that centers on communities most impacted by economic and health inequities. She currently provides support to Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA), MRG Foundation, The Rebuilding Center, Unite Oregon, NAACP – Past clients also include ACLU of Oregon, Women’s Foundation of Oregon. She moonlights as The Cabin Project’s lead-singer, a project that was formed in 2009, after touring the country for 10 years as a solo artist.

Zanny Geffel has a B.A. in classical percussion from Biola University.  She plays drum set, classical percussion, marimba, cajon and various Latin and African percussion instruments; specializing in classical, rock, jazz, and musical theater.  She performs regularly with The Cabin Project, Skull Diver and various bands and theater companies throughout Portland, OR. Zanny is a sensitive and thoughtful performer, recording artist and instructor, utilizing the many different classical techniques and rhythms from around the world. Merging many styles and influences, her lessons emphasize rhythm theory, articulation, musical feels and contemplation through drumming.

COST:  $40

BRING: Pen/Notebook, guitar and/or hand drum/percussion instrument (if you have one or would like to bring).  No instruments are required, we will provide instruments to those who don’t have one.  Any lyrics/poem drafts you’d like to share. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack (hot tea and coffee provided).


All workshops are open to the public.

All Skill Levels Welcome.

This workshop is for students age 14 and up.

RSVP via or 360-642-2542


(All are invited to an evening of music with these instructors later in the day from 8pm-10pm in the Sou’wester Lodge. Free and open to the public. Visit for TBA details.)


The Sou’wester Lodge at 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA 98644




This class is part of the Fall & Winter 2017/2018 Workshop Series at The Sou’wester. Visit to see the entire schedule of more than 28 artist-led workshops.



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