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Autumn Workshops Taiwan

Check out all the workshops for the coming months and scroll down for details.

Shruti Nights XII/XIII/XIV: Starts again every month with a new theme

Kaohsiung Catch the Spirit of the Moment (4 full days)
Saturday/Sunday 17-20 October / 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Dulan Voice Yoga Retreat
Saturday December 19  / 10AM – Tuesday December 22 / 1 PM

Shruti Days (2 full days) in Taipei, t.b.a. soon

As always, there are ongoing weekly Voice Yoga classes you can always join. Please check with us first as some weeks are cancelled or in another location.

 

THE DETAILS PER EVENT

 

 

Shruti Nights XII

Starts again soon with a new theme

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SHRUTI NIGHTS (# XII)
Singing and shaping techniques for melodic improvisations

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Learn to free your voice using a simple drone instrument.
A series of four classes, starting the first or second Tuesday of the month.

The aim of these four sessions is to learn to improvise melodies with the shruti box. Every month we will take a close look at something else. In most classes there will be all kinds of structural vocal exercises to build up your skills, some structural improvising and some free explorations of your very own musicality.

This month we go back once more to all the basic tools to shape your sound: making your voice more ‘yours’ and more expressive; and looking at how to shape phrases (starting them, ending them, rhythmic variation etc.).

Watch a video of Mark playing shruti box here:
https://youtu.be/BhiMamcPuMw?t=1519

FOR WHOM:
– people who recently bought a shruti box from Mark
– others who already have a shruti box and want to learn more
– others who want to learn to sing better with a drone instrument
– since the aim is to sing melodies, it is preferable if you can keep a tone. If you cannot hold tones (or you are ‘tone-deaf’, to use a terrible expression), you can still join in most of the program, but for some exercises as a passive participant.

WHAT YOU NEED
You can bring your own shruti box but it is not absolutely necessary, we always have several pieces on hand.
If you consider to buy an instrument but not sure what you need, and you join four classes, you can try one out at home between two consecutive classes.

DATES & TIMES
Four Tuesday evenings from 19:00 – 21:15.

REGISTER & INFO
In English: mark@fusica.nl / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49

 

 

 

2020 聲音旅程: 唱入當下

(4天的歌唱靈感工作坊)

在這個週末,你可以讓自己沉浸在音樂即興的藝術和遊戲之中—玩耍、創造、發展創意。你會(重新)發現在自己之內的詩人、舞者、編曲家,以及音樂家:時而優雅,時而瘋狂。除此之外,我們也會在活動空檔時檢視即興作為一個開放心態以及無所畏懼生活的隱喻。我們也會喚醒活在我們之內的內在小孩,但喚醒內在小孩的同時,我們也會更向前跨出一步,成為更成熟、有覺知的存在。

「唱入當下」/ 捕捉當下精神(catching the spirit of the moment)的意思是你回到「當下」以及「此地」: 你會做出當下感覺最自然,最適當的回應。這個時候「你」會比一般行動中的「自己」更敏銳、不一樣,因為你會感到「自己」不是那個執行動作的人,而動作(想法、創意、音樂、動作、行動)好像在未經「自己」意識之下就發生了。藝術家、發明家,跟科學家都很珍惜這樣的時刻。它可能在我們用從未試過的方式組合剩菜做晚餐時發生。又或是我們熱情的跳舞、歌唱、繪畫,或是說故事的時候發生。

這個工作坊是關於突破慣性並與自己內在的創造力及想像力展開連結,通常工作坊會提供結構跟氣氛讓靈感能夠湧現。靈感可能以聲音、音樂、動作或舞蹈、詩句或亂語的形式顯現。同時,會有很多冒險的機會及不確定性。會有很多失敗或是不討喜的聲音(還有尷尬的沉默)。不過,或許也會有滌淨人心的時刻/真實又富創造性的時刻─共同的或單獨的─體驗未曾體驗過的情感交流。

我們的目標是嚴肅的玩樂: 打破我們的焦慮以及(通常為內心的)限制來找到創意和表達的自由。你可能會有所猶豫、經歷掙扎,然後完全迷失,不知道要做什麼。但在某個時刻你會完全沉浸在創意的河流中,經歷一連串富張力的時刻,而你將會開啟與內在創作泉源的連結;又或是說你會走出「自我」表向之外。

帶著你的樂器,或是可以發出很大聲響的物品: 可以先試試廚房用品的聲量!不要只帶一隻筆跟一個杯子來喔,除非你很確定它發出的聲音在團體中可以被聽的很清楚。上課前要好好實驗/準備一番喔: 在家裡試音的時候,忽略其他家人,試試鍋、瓢、盆、鐵鎚等其他物品。

受課語言為英文,並有中文翻譯。

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【報名表】
https://forms.gle/pf3LuMj4grqJCXAt6

【日期】: 10/ 17(六)~10/20 (二)
【時間】: 9:30-17:00 (午休12:00-13:30)
【人數】:最少10人,最多20人。

【學費】
1. 原價: 15,600 NT$
2. 舊生價: 請聯繫Sunny.

【地點】: 普那生活空間
800高雄市新興區民生一路201號
https://goo.gl/maps/6xkyKRxu4vuFArAS8

【關於Mark】
Mark van Tongeren,來自荷蘭的聲音探索者,對藝術、科學及冥想傳統的融合有著深厚的興趣與經驗。Mark在劇場、音樂、舞蹈製作等領域有30年的資歷,並自荷蘭萊登大學的創意與表演藝術學院取得博士學位。

【好奇嗎?請來電或來信了解詳情】
中文: m10531001@gmcc.tnua.edu.tw /
lineID: soleilc77 陳亮伃
英文: info@fusica.nl Mark van Tongeren

【匯款帳號 】
請完成匯款後填寫報名表,
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銀行: 中國信託敦南分行(代號:822)
帳號: 163540306745
戶名:MARK CHRISTIAAN VAN TONGEREN

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Sound Journey: Catch the spirit of the moment

(4 day workshop, Kaoshiung)

During this weekend, you immerse yourself in improvisational performance as a way to play, to invent and to be creative. You will (re)discover the poet, the dancer, the composer and the musician in you: sometimes refined, sometimes crazy. In between, we will look at improvising as a metaphor for open-minded and fearless living. We will bring back to life the child in us, but also move ahead to the more mature, self-conscious person that we want to be.

Catching the spirit of the moment means you get in the ‘now’ and also in the ‘here’: you do something that feels completely natural and appropriate for that moment or occasion. In this case ’you’ is often more than (or different from) the ‘I’ that usually acts: there is a sense that it is not ‘I’ who acts, but that the actions (thoughts, creative processes, music-making, moving, acting) are happening almost without the ‘I’ being present. Artists, inventors and scientists all cherish these moments. It can also happen when we create a lovely diner with some left-over ingredients that we never combined in this way before, or when we passionately tell a story.

This workshop is about getting in touch with your creative imagination in unplanned ways, often with the help of little structured ideas to create a setting. The outcome may be new sounds or music, movements or dance, talk or jibberish. There will be some risk-taking and many uncertanties. There will be some failure or undesired sounds (and awkard silences, too). Maybe there will be a great moment of catharsis and truth, of creating things – together or alone – that you have never experienced before.

We aim for some serious fun: to break through our anxieties and (often mental) limitations and find creative, expressive freedom. You may hesitate, struggle, and feel absolutely uncertain where to go or what to do. But at some point you will get immersed in a creative flow, a series of dynamic moments in which you connect with creative sources residing deep within you – or rather outside the ego-bound ‘I’.

You must bring an instrument or some object that makes a lot of noise: try out your kitchen to start with . Do not show up with only a pen and a cup, unless you are certain they are so clear and sharp that they still stand out when everyboyd makes sounds. . Take this seriously and be prepared, already at home: ignore others in your household when you try out utensils, hammers, or whatever.

DATE/TIME:
17-20 October ,9:30-17:00 (lunch: 1.5 hour)

PLACE:
OSHO CENTER KAOHSIUNG
https://goo.gl/maps/6xkyKRxu4vuFArAS8

PRICE:
Regular: 15600 NT$
RES student: contact sunny (m10531001@gmcc.tnua.edu.tw)

YOUR TEACHER
Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has 30 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts.
More info: www.fusica.nl

REGISTER & INFO
In English: mark@fusica.nl / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49

【PAYMENT】
Payment upon registration by bank.
Make sure to provide the payment details in registration form. We will confirm reception in a few days time.

Bank code: 822.
Name of bank: China Trust
Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren
Account number: 163540306745

REGISTRATION LINK
https://forms.gle/eStue2RyA2jPDwHP6

CANCELLATION:
If for some reason you cannot join after registration, we urge you to try to find a replacement. The administration cost is 10%. With 30 days or less before the workshop, we keep the right to return only 60% of your fee. Within 14 days to the starting date, we keep the right to return only 30% of your fee, within 7 days no refund.

 

 

 

Dulan: Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat
Saturday December 19 – Tuesday December 22

Once again the succesful Voice Yoga Retreat. Read more about it by clicking on the link below:

First Voice Yoga Retreat (full report)

 

In Voice Yoga’s dynamic group process, students go beyond their own habits and expectations. Often, something larger than ourselves emerges: a flow of hidden creative potential. We work with all kinds of sounds without meaning, without emphasizing a beautiful voice. They help us to get beyond common subject-object and mind-body dualities, and bring our unconscious selves and irrational emotions to the surface. The group process becomes a mirror for the self and allows us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside.

“this is better than sex” (comment by one student)

Designed and taught by Mark van Tongeren, a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts.

 

 

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VOICE YOGA WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT
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Three and a half days of intense explorations of voice and movement for body-mind balance and creative, vibrant well-being.

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In Voice Yoga’s dynamic group process, you go beyond your habits and expectations. Something larger than yourself emerges: a flow of hidden creative potential.

Grounded in physical exercise such as yoga, we work with all kinds of sounds without meaning, without emphasizing a beautiful voice. They help us to get beyond common subject-object and mind-body dualities, and bring our unconscious selves and irrational emotions to the surface. The group process becomes a mirror for the self and allows us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside.

BACKGROUNDS
Mark’s Voice Yoga runs for over 8 years and brings together three decades of creative, vocal expression, yogic discipline and contemplative traditions.
Voice Yoga is neither yoga as you see all around you, or music as you hear it every day. It is a personal, artistic synthesis of a wide range of musical, resonant, theatrical, contemplative and physical arts. What binds them together is Mark’s unique synthesis and his vision to create a strong sense of flow, no matter what the activity is. Serious workouts smoothly blend with unforgettable (and unrepeatable!) musical creations, deep breath work morphs into contact improv and vocal exercises into absurdistic theatre.

This retreat will give you a big boost, whether you are a musician, dancer, yoga teacher, actor, or just interested in working on your personal growth through the connections between sound, body and mind. No problem if you’ve never done yoga before!

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**** WEEKLY VOICE YOGA
**** For a taste of this retreat,
**** come to one of the weekly Voice Yoga
**** classes in Taipei for a 2-hour session.
**** Thursdays 10:15-12:15 AM
**** https://www.facebook.com/events/2197109717082246/
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GUEST TEACHERS: SHAUN AND HUI-HUNG

We will have one or more sessions with two great Contact Improvisation guest teachers. Shaun and Hui-Hung are the creators of an art and dance education center called Teal Studios. The center was founded in 2015 in Taipei, but has since moved to the east coast of Taiwan. Through out the year, they hold a variety of workshops based on the traditions of Thai Yoga Massage and Contact Improvisation. Their teachings are also influenced by the practices of Tai Chi, Yoga and Mindfulness Mediation. When leading a class, they bring over 15 years of experience in training, developing and teaching in the arts of C.I. and T.Y.M.

VOICE YOGA RETREAT: FOR WHOM?
Anyone can attend, no experience with yoga or music is necessary. Making sounds and learning about the connections between sound and movement, tones and physical vibrations, and not yoga per se, are the main purpose of this retreat. We are working to create an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance. We make sure people of different levels of physical, mental, musical and other development feel supported and encouraged to grow and explore. We do our best to accommodate the program to the different levels of the participants and let you decide to skip or tone down certain exercises when you feel they are too demanding.

DATES & TIMES
We start Saturday December 19 at 9 AM and suggest you arrive the evening before.
We finish after lunch on Tuesday 22th, around 1:30 PM.

The schedule is an early version, still open to changes at the moment.

Day 1:
9:00-12:00 introduction to the program. Light exercising, breathing exercises start moving toning, improvising. Deep sleep session included!
12:00-15:30 lunch & siësta
15:30-18:30 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations and more.
18:30-20:00 diner & rest
20:00-21:30 evening program: active sound meditation.

Day 2, 3, 4 (half day):
9:00-12:00 Slow meditative warm up, mild to vigorous exercising, toning, noise making. Once again: restorative (half-)sleep/dream.
12:00-15:30 lunch & siësta
15:30-18:30 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations and more.
18:30-20:00 diner & rest
20:00-21:30 Moongazing. Sound searching. Mark’s concert. Yours?! Ours!

On the 21st we will hold a somewhat longer evening session to observe the Winter Solstice with appropriate rituals.

PLACE
We hold our sessions in Shufang’s Energy Healing, a gorgeous new yoga studio in Dulan, Taidong, isolated from nearby properties. The studio has all utilities we need. There is a big lawn outside for musical workouts in fresh air, giant rocks to repose, and a few shady places.
Have a look here!:
https://www.facebook.com/shufang.energyhealing/

LODGING
Several comfortable options nearby in Dulan, different prices, some at walking distance.

OUR TEAM
This workshop is brought to you by Mark van Tongeren, Sunny Chen (translator) and Jackal Mei (general manager), and hosted by Shufang Wang.

For any questions about the contents in English ask Mark, in Chinese, ask Sunny or Jackal.
For registration, lodging and food details ask Jackal.
(contact info below)

YOUR TEACHER
Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has over 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts. He practices yoga for some twenty years and all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 30 years. Read more details below or check out www.fusica.nl.

PRICES

T.B.A. soon

CONTACT INFO:

JACKAL MEI:
Phone: 0936596910
Mail jackallala@gmail.com
LINE: Jackallala

SUNNY CHEN
Phone: 0912024285
Mail ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com
LINE: soleilc77

Or contact Mark directly in English:
mark@fusica.nl
Phone 0910382749
LINE: 0910382749

REGISTRATION
https://forms.gle/Zn1bwfNVFWDDPn6u8

TESTIMONIALS
“I felt many sounds inside me first time and I felt there is an inner space inside my body. That was an very powerful experience for me. The body wasn’t what I knew before. I felt peace when you sang… I do have a lot of fun when you want us imitate your voice… Every time when we make sounds together I feel I am decomposing and putting every part of me in one again. ”
– Judith

” Your class shows me the magic of breath and voice. This makes my inner child very happy. ”
– Nancy

” I enjoyed the class very much today. You had everyone engaged and creatively expressed as well as discharging and recharging well. ”
– Tina

” More than ever, it brings back my childhood so I can play again. ”
– Kovida

” Your class shows me the magic of breath and voice. This makes my inner child very happy. ”
– Nancy

” Voice Yoga helps me feel lighter. ”
– Jennifer

” I enjoy a lot and feel relaxed, this is a special course for me. ”
– Judy

” This is better than sex! ”
– Tammy

 

 

 

 

2019 in pix, videos and some stories

NEW WORKSHOP: RHYTHMS & CYCLES

 

Video impresssion: Colours Rhythms & Cycles

 

NEW CLASS: SHRUTI NIGHTS

I began a new class: Shruti Nights, and ran No. I-VIII throughout the year, each with a different theme.

Listen to a nice duet I did with Sunny, translator, co-producer of many of my events, and talented singing student.

 

 

 

RADIOGARDEN BROADCAST

MUSHIMARU’s PHYSICAL POETS

I joined a Butoh workshop and performance by the huge family of Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and his regular students and collaborators, twenty in total. They came flying in to Taiwan from Japan, Hong Kong and other places, paying from their own pockets. Very dedicated and truly inspiring!

With Hiroyuki Matsuhisa (moham-veena), Shree Katsura (voice and suwarmandar), Mikio Kawasaki (photographer); Sogyu Fukumura, a very famous monk who quit Buddhism decades ago and became activist; Himeko Narumi, whom I visited in her bar in Kyoto a few weeks later; Vinci Mok from Hong Kong, not to mention lots of interesting old and new friends from Taiwan. Our performance UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE  is on Youtube, beginning here with the entry of Mushimaru himself.

Recently many Taiwanese repaid the visit to Japan to collaborate with the same people, and one commented that the same performance turned into a rather hard-edged, noisy, radical performance, completely different from the soft version here in Taiwan. More true to the Butoh spirit, for sure, but I was still impressed with Mushimaru and all the kids who joined the event in Taiwan as very narural, innocent performers.

SANGPUY live IN TAIPEI

LUGANG and its AUTOMATED SONIC SURPRISES

Trip to Lugang, where we were deeply impressed by the Longshan Temple. It is not as famous as some other old temples in Lugang, which are more centra. But by far our favorite. Major reasons: little modernization, no entertainment, quite silent (no tourgroups with amplified guides). However, in both temples I encountered automated percussion devices. There was a procession leading to the very noisy and central Mazu Temple or Tian Hou Temple. I had to get away at some point because of the incredibly loud firecrackers, which I found unbearable, and our dog really got shocked from it.

There was no smoke anywhere, and it turned out the noise was produced by a firecracker machine, which you see at the end of this video.

A little later, in Lungshan Temple, I noticed a drum was playing all the time but I saw no one beating it. It turned out to be another automatic device producing percussive sounds, just like the firecracking machine.

 

PULI, CENTRAL TAIWAN: WORKSHOP

In April I was off to Puli, central Taiwan, for a workshop and another one with Canjune, exploring herbs and plants in the forests. From the roof of a cinnamon producer, a panorama of Puli’s iconic Chung Tai Chan (= Zen) Temple.

 

 

 

After the workshop, re-connect with a nun I got to know in 2004, with a fantastic voice: Guanzu Shi. For all these years she is studying the performance of a specific song in the Huayen Buddhist tradition, for which the way to pronounce many syllables is not exactly known.

SAINKHO and KAZHUHISA ICHIHASHI in JAPAN

First trip to Japan. Too many impression so share, but here’s a few. Basically a family tour but, lucky me, I ran into Sainkho one or two days before she launched her new CD with Kazuhisa Uchihashi in Beijing. Great show together!

 

 

SANGPUY TURNING the NATIONAL THEATRE UPSIDE DOWN

https://tifa.npac-ntch.org/2019/en/music/sangpuy-in-concert/

What a lovely guy, and what a great show he pulled off. The most astounding thing was that after the ‘normal’ stage show, which already featured lots of people from his village Jrben, some girls began singing and dancing in the lobby. The men joined and sure enough hundreds of people began to join the line after a while. The whole thing lasted at least another 45 minutes, with the last part (not in this video) some very high-energy indigenous male dancers/singers promoting their upcoming hot dance show.

 

TAIWAN EASTCOAST TOUR

To Mud Studio in Yilan, Zhishan for workshop in Poco a Poco, my first houseconcert in Taiwan, near Hualien, and another concert in Hualien. See my special blogpost.

WATERPERFORMANCE WITH YEH MING-HWA

Or: how not to breath.

DUTCH CANJUNE STORE IN AMSTERDAM

VISIT to BERNARD KLEIKAMP of PAN RECORDS

Bernard produced a dozen or so throat singing CDS and many other interesting titles from around the world. All from this modest office.

EXCHANGE OF NEW TIBTEAN MUSIC PUBLICATIONS

I bring Pan Records’ new CD Phursang Kelak Lama to Ricardo Canzio on behalf of Bernard Kleikamp. Ricardo gave me his precious new book Sakya Pandita’s Treatise on Music.

WITH TRAN QUANG and BACH YEN in PARIS

See the blogpost.

IN ROME FOR THE CAVE OPERA

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL TAIPEI

AROMAJOINT PERFUMANCE

 

 

 

 

VOICE YOGA WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT

 

THANKS TO THE TEAM!

 

Ting Shuo Hear Say (Tainan): Performance 24 聽說有表演第二十四場

聽說有表演第二十四場 Ting Shuo Has Performance Twenty Four

2020.1.5 Sun. 週日
2 pm (入場 door open), 2:30 pm (開演 start performance)

@聽說 Ting Shuo Hear Say,台南 Tainan
表演票 Performance nt$300 (含一飲品 includes one drink)

\ duo:丁啟祐 Chiyou Ding [電子 electronics] +林育德 Yude Lin [電子 electronics]

\\ trio: 妙工俊陽 Miao Gong Jun Yang [自製樂器 self-built instruments]+Mark Van Tongeren [人聲 voice] + 林惠君 Hui-Chun Lin [大提琴 cello]

\\\ group: 妙工俊陽 – 自製樂器工作坊學員 Miao Gong Jun Yang – instrument building workshop participants [自製樂器 self-built instruments]

<<1/4 1~5pm 妙工俊陽 自製樂器工作坊
https://www.facebook.com/events/2530037220609071/
1/4 1~5pm Miao Gong Jun Yang – Instrument Building Workshop>>

———聽說有表演第二十四場藝術家 Ting Shuo Has Performance Twenty Four Artists———(English below Chinese)

::::丁啟祐 Chiyou Ding::::
https://soundcloud.com/chyod

丁啟祐,台北人,興趣於舞曲、電腦音樂和田野錄音。創作經歷以劇場、裝置為主。前兩個參與的製作: 薛詠之「柏拉圖的洞穴」聲音技術統籌、謝瀞瑩「聲洄」聲音編程。

Chiyou Ding is a sound hobbyist from Taipei. He is interested in the sound or music about rhythmic structure, computer related and field recording. He works mainly in theater and installation. The latest two productions he participated are Yung-Chih Hsueh’s “Plato’s Cave” in sound tech coordination, Olifa Hsieh’s “Sound-whirl” in sound programming.

::::林育德 Yude Lin::::
https://playreclabel.bandcamp.com/album/grgranrurr-playground-15-19

交通大學聲音音樂科技碩士學位學程畢業。擔任劇場、舞蹈、影像配樂,合作對象包括窮劇場、台南人劇團、柳春春劇社等;並為田孝慈舞蹈作品《洞》音樂設計,隨團參加2017亞維儂OFF藝術節、2018深圳當代戲劇雙年展;與鋼琴家李世揚合作、張婷婷獨立製作《抽屜三》、許雅婷《The River》配樂,擔任錄音、聲響設計。

He graduated from National Chiao Tung University with a master’s program of sound and music innovative technologies. Yude also created soundtrack for theater, dance, and video, working with theatre groups “Approaching Theater”, “Tainaner Ensemble”, “Oz Theatre Company”, etc. He soundtracked for Hsiao-Tzu Tien’s dance work “Hole”, and toured with the team in 2017 Avignon OFF and the 2018 Shenzhen Contemporary Theater Biennial. He also collaborated with pianist Shih-Yang Lee and produced the soundtrack for “Drawer Three” by Ting-Ting Chang, and he was the recorder and sound designer for Ya-Ting Hsu’s work “The River”.

::::妙工俊陽 Miao Gong Jun Yang aka 李俊陽 Jun-Yang Li::::

李俊陽自25歲起開始個人創作,至今超過15年,累積的作品包括繪畫(塗鴉水墨彩繪於各式材質)、木雕、鐵線塑型、大小型裝置、現成物改裝、拾得物重組、空間塗鴉、現場行為演出、偶戲編製、實驗戲劇,也參與過一些電視台廣告及戲劇節目的演出,還曾改過廟。俊陽的創作實踐是典型的台灣庶民與民俗養份充足的表現。

Jun Yang Li has been making work since the age of 25 and has been in the art field for more than 15 years. His works include painting (graffiti ink painting on various materials), wood carving, wire molding, large and small installations, modifying ready-made objects, reorganizing found items, graffiti on sites, and site-specific performance art, puppet making and performing, experimental theatre. He has also participated in some TV commercials and dramas, and even temple building. Jun Yang’s art practice is a manifestation of Taiwanese common people fed by folklore traditions.

::::Mark Van Tongeren::::
https://fusica.nl/?language=EN

交匯於科學與藝術範疇的聲音探索者Mark van Tongeren,主要以(荷麥)雙聲 / 泛音唱法聞名。早期的作品受到幾種經驗的影響,在圖瓦共和國的人種音樂學考察、蒙古喉唱與西藏低音唱咒研究、與安姆斯特丹實驗劇團Silo合作時擔任表演-錄音-聲音藝術家。之後,他加入Oorbeek即興樂團,並且與Michael Vetter學習跨媒介藝術。近期的作品包括與Superstingtrio演出的Incognito Ergo Sum, 以他做的曲Zeropoint進行的Overtone Singing馬拉松,以及與作曲家Paul Oomen合作的表演。

Mark van Tongeren is a sound explorer interested in the intersection of science and art. He is best known for his work as an overtone/throat singer. His early work was strongly influenced by ethnomusicological fieldwork trips to Tuva and by studies of Mongolian throat singing and Tibetan chanting, as well as by his role as a performer-recordist-sound artist with the Amsterdam-based experimental group Silo Theatre. He later joined the 7-piece improvisation band Oorbeek, and studied intermedial arts with the late musician and artist Michael Vetter. His recent work includes the performance Incognito Ergo Sum with Superstringtrio, and the Overtone Singing Marathon based upon his cycle of compositions Zeropoint, performed in collaboration with composer Paul Oomen.

::::林惠君 Hui-Chun Lin::::
https://huichunlin.weebly.com

林惠君,大提琴手。出生於台灣高雄,現定居在德國柏林。她從2008年開始製作音樂,從創作世界音樂,結合劇場,舞蹈到多媒體素材表演藝術到爵士樂多接觸。以音樂即興為主軸做作品創作,融合古典,傳統元素開創新的表演題材。活躍地並跨領域是她的專長,她的作品表達許多張力,突破極限,遊走在非主流音樂、實驗聲音領域。大提琴演奏外,人聲與肢體亦是她演出的項目。

Hui-Chun Lin is a musician who moves fluidly among work in avantgarde music, world music, jazz and improvisation and also performance. Her repertoire encompasses traditional, experimental and classical music in equal measure. Her musical work is concerned above all with sounding out the intersections, boundaries and connections among genres, epochs and cultures. Since 2011, she is a musician, performer and cello teacher in Berlin.

照片攝影 Photo credit: Mark by 蔡詩凡 / Shi-Fan Tsai。

贊助單位:財團法人國家文化藝術基金會
Sponsor: The National Culture and Arts Foundation

TingShuoHearSay Performance 24

 

 

The Ouroboros Concert

Voor nederlands even naar beneden skrollen.

Here is a letter I wrote earlier this year when I was about to turn 50 (want to get on the mailinglist too? let me know!):

I love the number 49 and its symbolism. Much better than 50. So I prefer to send out a shout to everyone on the last day of my 49th year in which I am walking on this strange and wonderful place called earth, rather than on the first day of the 50th year. My dear sister Daphne somehow knew I wanted to celebrate while I was still 49, when she organised a surprise party for me several months ago. I completely and totally bought it, even after my mom and two friends showed up in a park where you would not expect that. What a great present!

And then the Tuvans, for whom 49 is a special number, play their magic on me too. Tuva and its inhabitants have shaped my life in many ways. When I was halfway on to this point of my life and getting close to 25 years old, I first visited Tuva and fell in love with the place forever. 12 Years later I visited Tuva with June Wen, and it was then and there that we found out that we are destined for each other. That led to our marriage, to our kids, to me moving to Taiwan. Life-changing experiences in which Tuva seemed to play a role.

And right now, guess what? Earlier this year I began organising several Tuvan concerts here in Taiwan, and I was asked to curate two different acts for the Asian Pacific Traditional Arts Festival. And today (last day of 49) the first Tuvan group, a young quartet called Ezengi, has just finished their job (which they did very well) and returns to Tuva. And tomorrow (first day of 50) four fine senior musicians arrive from Tuva to Taiwan for this weekend’s performances: Shonchalai and Nachyn Choodu, Andrei Öpei and Valerii Mongush. Coincidence?

 

And then, there was this other coincidence this year. When I fist visited Tuva I learned about a Scythian ornament found during archaeological excavations, consisting of a panther biting its own tail. A wonderful symbol of infinity and the ever-repeating cycles of events. “Ma fin est mon commencement” (“my end is my beginning’) as mediaeval poets and musicians such as Guillaume de Machaut knew so well. This spring a very noble and inspiring friend, the philosopher Fons Elders, sent around a message with his view about this symbol, which is known as the ouroboros in the western world. A little later I performed in the Oosterkerk in Amsterdam with the wonderful Turkish ney player Sinan Arat, a concert I had arranged to be filmed so that I could share it with everybody. In the background of our stage happened to be . . . an ouroboros. So a few days ago, while working on the video I decided to call it “The Ouroboros Concert”. The next day I took the Tuvans to the Pacific Ocean – Tuva being very far removed from any sea or ocean. They decided to try surfing and that’s how I noticed the Scythian ouroboros tattooed on the arm of Anchy Damdyn. What a great idea! The first time ever I imagined I could have a tattoo too.

So by way of celebration and to express the gratitude I feel for being a human amidst so many wonderful human beings I share this Ouroboros concert video with you.

 

Nederlands

Hier is een brief die ik onlangs rondstuurde, toen ik op het punt stond 49 te worden (ook op de mailinglijst? laat het weten!):

49 Is een prachtig getal met een prachtige symboliek. Veel beter dan 50. Dus stuur ik een groet aan iedereen op de laatste dag van de 49 jaar dat ik op deze vreemde, wonderlijke planeet rondloop, in plaats van de eerste dag van mijn 50e. Mijn lieve zus Daphne voelde kennelijk al aan dat ik liever even stil sta bij mijn leven op mijn 49e, toen ze een surprise party voor me oganiseerde enkele maanden geleden. Ik stonk er totaal in, zelfs nadat mijn moeder en enkele vrienden spontaan opdoken in een park waar je hen toch niet 1-2-3 samen verwacht. Wat een geweldig cadeau!

En de Toevanen, voor wie het getal 49 ook speciale betekenis heeft, duiken ook weer op haast magische wijze op. Zoals jullie weten hebben Toeva en haar inwoners mijn leven op allerlei manieren vorm gegeven. Toen ik halverwege het punt was waar ik nu ben, dus bijna 25 jaar oud, bezocht ik Toeva voor het eerst en raakte voorgoed verslingerd aan deze plek. 12 Jaar later ging ik naar Toeva met June en we ontdekten, toen en daar, dat we voorbestemd waren voor elkaar. Dat leidde dus tot ons huwelijk, kinderen en tenslotte mijn verhuizing naar Taiwan. Nog een levenswending waar Toeva haast een sturende hand in leek te hebben.

En wat is er nu aan de hand? Ik begon eerder dit jaar een aantal Toevaanse concerten te organiseren hier in Taiwan, en werd onder andere verzocht twee programma’s in te vullen voor het Asian Pacific Traditional Arts Festival. En vandaag (de laatste dag dat ik 49 ben) vertrekt de eerste Toevaanse groep, een jong kwartet genaamd Ezengi (nadat ze zich trouwens uitstekend gekweten hebben van hun taak). En morgen (de eerste dag dat ik 50 ben) arriveren er vier geweldige senior musici uit Toeva: Shonchalai en Nachyn Choodu, Andrei Öpei en Valerii Mongush. Toeval?

 

En dan was er nog iets dit jaar. Toen ik Toeva voor het eerst bezocht leerde ik een Scythisch ornament kennen, dat bij archeologische opgravingen gevonden was en dat bestaat uit een panter die in zijn staart bijt. Een prachtig symbool van oneindigheid en de eeuwigdurende cycli van gebeurtenissen. “Ma fin est mon commencement” zoals middeleeuwse dichters en musici als Guillaume de Machaut heel goed wisten. Dit voorjaar stuurde vriend en inspiratiebron Fons Elders een bericht rond met daarin zijn visie op dit symbool, dat bekend staat als oeroboros in de westerse wereld. Iets later trad ik op in de Oosterkerk in Amsterdam met een geweldige Turkse ney-speler, Sinan Arat, een concert dat ik liet opnemen op video (en waarvoor je de link onderaan vindt). Juist achter ons podium bevond zich . . . een mooie uit hout gesneden oeroboros. En dus besloot ik een aantal dagen geleden toen ik met de video bezig was om ons optreden Het Oeroboros Concert te noemen. De volgende dag (afgelopen zaterdag) nam ik de Toevaanse musici mee naar de oceaan (waar de Toevanen verder van verwijderd zijn dan zo’n beetje wie dan ook ter wereld). Ze wilden graag gaan surfen en zo ontdekte ik de tatoeage van zo’n Scytische oeroboros op de arm van Anchy Damdyn. Wat een geweldig idee! Nooit eerder had ik ook maar een seconde de gedachte gekoesterd dat een tatoeage voor mij zelf ook best interessant kon zijn.


Dus om even stil te staan bij dit bijzondere moment in mijn leven en uitdrukking te geven aan de dankbaarheid om een mens te zijn te midden van allerlei fantastische mensen met wie ik mij omringd weet, deel ik nu deze Oeroboros concertvideo met jullie.

 

Focus on Holland concert Taipei

Excited about playing with some great Taiwanese and Dutch improvisers next week here in Taiwan.

Wilbert de Joode, Felicity Provan, Mark Alban Lotz, Onno Govaerts, and Rogier Hornman come over from The Netherlands, and from the local scene we have Lee Shih-Yang, Dawang Yifang Huang, Tung Chao-Ming, and Min-Yen Terrie Hsieh. Oh and myself as well, in a category of your choice. More info here.

Concert with Sinan Arat in Oosterkerk, Amsterdam

Over enkele weken doe ik een dubbelconcert met Sinan Arat in de Oosterkerk in amsterdam. Hij is vooral bekend van zijn ney spel, zijn hoofdinstrument. Ik heb hem nog niet ontmoet maar we hebben wel overlegd hoe we het willen gaan doen. Vanwege ons beider voorliefde voor improvisatie hebben we besloten te proberen om niet twee solo-blokken te spelen met een beetje overlap, maar de uitwisseling aan te gaan. Ik ben al langer op zoek naar samenwerking met een goede fluitspeler. In Taiwan zijn die dun gezaaid, zeker spelers die een dergelijke rijke, luchtige klank produceren. Dat heb je natuurlijk in Japan met de shakuhachi en in India met de bansuri (die Sinan ook bespeelt). Maar ik werd helemaal stil van het spel van Sinan toen ik gisteren onderstaande video van hem bekeek. Van die prachtige, lange, rustige tonen, waarin de adem steeds doorklinkt, en daarmee de ziel van de speler – of van de muziek zelf zo je wilt.

 

 

Sinan bespeelt naast de ney rietfluit ook lijsttrommels en zingt, en hij heeft Indiase muziek bestudeerd. En aangezien ik de laatste jaren ook experimenteer met fluiten en met de Marrokaanse bendir lijsttrommel én omdat ik ook al jaren met Indiase muziek bezig ben, hebben we aardig wat overlap. Ik ben heel benieuwd hoe dat gaat uitpakken, zijn voornamelijk traditionele spel met mijn meer experimentele benadering.

 

Het concert is op zondag 15 juli en begint om 12:00

Gratis toegankelijk (donaties welkom).

Adres: Oosterkerk, Kleine Wittenburgerstraat 1, Amsterdam.

 

De dag ervoor doe ik een eendaagse workshop boventoonzang, ook in de Oosterkerk in Amsterdam, voor wie wil kennismaken met deze techniek.

 

Beluister ook het mooie interview met Sinan rondom de VPRO sessie.

“Sinan Arat uit Turkije speelt en improviseert op de ney (Turkse fluit) en laat zich inspireren door de Ottomaanse en Anatolische traditie. Hij wordt begeleid door Alper Kekeç op percussie. In het interview met Giovanca vertelt Sinan hoe hij kennis leerde maken met de ney.”

 

 

 

Taiwan Tour 聽舞觀聲/Lending Ear to Dance, Eye to Sound

Taipei Dance Circle (光環舞集) continues to bring their piece Lending Ear to Dance, Eye to Sound to theatres across Taiwan. I will join them in one of the three choreographies. Read more about our collaboration and co-founder Liu Shaolu in a previous post here.

 

TaipeiDanceCircle宣傳圖(大石頭)

 

Program:     “Lending Ear To Dance, Eye To Sound” 聽舞觀聲

Dancers:

姚凱蕾 Yao Kai-Lei
蕭靈鳳 Siew Lin-Fong
王憲彬 Wang Hsien-Pin
陳英豪 Chen Ying-Hao

Tour to:

Taidong

Saturday 3/5    19:30
Performance Hall of Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affair

Taichung

Wednesday 3/23     19:00
Providence University Zhi Shan Hall Stadium

Tamshui (Saturday May 1, to be confirmed)

Hsinchu
Saturday 5/27     19:30
Performance Hall of Cultural Bureau, Hsinchu County

Sanxia

Saturday 6/18    19:30
Performing hall of Xinzhuang Culture and Arts Center

Yingge

Friday 9/23  13:00

Yingge Technical High School

 

Read a Taipei Times article about the program here.

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