Sebastiana Black, VMTR, MBACP, MA
Sebastiana grew up in Czechoslovakia, where freedom of expression and speech wasn't granted. This impacted on family cultures too where feelings were often left unacknowledged and unspoken. As a child and teenanger she looked for other opportunities to express herself through singing, dancing, acting, writing poetry and studying foreign languages. Her upbringing created the perfect conditions to spark her life-long interest in expressive arts, psychotherapy and personal development.
Sebastiana is an integrative arts counsellor working with young people, a Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) practitioner, a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and a singer songwriter. Since 2009 she has been facilitating VMT workshops and retreats in Norwich, UK and in the Czech Republic (where she comes from). She works with drama and dance movement therapy students at University of East Anglia and University of Derby. In her private practice she offers guidance to anyone who wishes to explore any aspect of their voice, whether it is the acoustic, creative, inner or metaphorical voice, and its healing potential. She assists singers of different abilities and others in having a more open, flexible, expressive and embodied voice.
Sebastiana integrates mindfulness and self-compassion into her vocal work. She finds that vocal expression accompanied by an attentive, non-judgmental and kind attitude supports and encourages her clients to explore, express and transform trauma, vulnerability and inhibitions. In her vocal work the voice becomes a powerful resource for self-regulation, integration, wholeness, creativity and a source of wisdom. She also draws on Depth Psychology, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapies and Polyvagal Theory.
Recently she has been co-facilitating Mindfulness and Nature retreats with her partner in Norfolk which aim to nourish a deeper intimacy with the natural world and one's own nature.
Sebastiana sings in the award winning short film Malka. She enjoys singing and bringing to audiences world music in her ceilidh and concert band Zaramo. With her duet The Fire Doves she has recorded two albums which include her original songs.
“Zaramo provide an unforgettable experience of global folk music. When they performed their eclectic mix of melodic and catchy tunes for a Ceilidh I helped to organise, I was so glad we'd booked them. Each musician has their own special character but as a band they are harmonious and get the best out of each other. The songs transport you across continents and you'll wish the music never stops. Highly recommended.”
Joel, manager of Norwich FarmShare
Sebastiana sings in the band Zaramo, a Norfolk based world music and ceilidh band, with a repertoire of Balkan, French, European and other international songs. Zaramo is available for weddings, parties, festivals, etc and will insure to offer a fun and ecclectic ceilidh for your occasion.
For more information about Zaramo, to listen to their music and view videos visit: You can find us on Facebook: Zaramo World and Ceilidh band.
You can purchase a couple of tracks from our EP Playing With Fire here: https://zaramo.bandcamp.com/.
If you would like to purchase the full CD you can contact me and I will post it to you.
“Your music is wonderful, the flow, unexpected turns and excitement of the watery themes. I find the songs quite hypnotic. I am taken into other human realms and other parts of the world and it all unites too.”
Billy, artist and psychotherapist.
In 2011 Sebastiana and Birgitta Campbell created the duet The Fire Doves. With Sebastiana on vocals and the accordion and Birgitta on violion they performed widely Sebastiana's original material and traditional songs until 2018. Sebastiana's songs explore life's most poignant themes, such as relationships and intimacy, emotional landscapes, time, death, change and more. Many of Sebastiana's lyrics are inspired by the beauty, wisdom and imagery of the natural world that often reflects our inner world and answers the most pressing questions we face.
In 2013 The Fire Doves released their first EP Forgotten Life and in 2017 their first full CD called Falling.
Buy The Fire Doves' CD Falling here:
£10, plus £1.50 postage for UK or £3.50 postage for the rest of the world.
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Since 2014 The Fire Doves have been collaborating with Helen Wells, a Norwich-based artist and film maker. Together they have created artistic videos that echo and support the underlying messages of Sebastiana's songs.
Each video is filmed in a different season - Deep Song in winter, Falling in autumn and Forgotten Life in summer.
Sebastiana sings in Malka, a short film dedicated to refugee children everywhere, evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. Malka has been shown in numerous film festival such as in Greece, US, India and UK. Malka won 'Best Music' award at Kulcata Shorts (India) international festival.