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Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat

VOICE YOGA WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT

December 21- 24 2023

Be timeless in sound

 

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

 

 

 

Scroll down for the Mandarin version

中文見下方

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Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat 2022. Photo: Jackal Mei

 

WHAT IS THIS VOICE YOGA?

WHAT IS THIS RETREAT ABOUT?

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 or contact improvisation, we work with all kinds of sounds without meaning and without emphasizing a beautiful singing voice. Pure, direct expressions and sensations of physical resonance and vibration through mouth, limbs, hips, feet, skin and inner organs.

 

We go beyond common subject-object and mind-body dualities, and bring our unconscious selves and sometimes 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. The result is often of a surprising clarity and immediacy.

 

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PROGRAM OUTLINE

We start Thursday Dec 21st at 9 AM and suggest you arrive the evening before.
We finish after lunch on Sunday 24th, around 1:30 PM.

Day 1
9:00-12:30 introduction to the program. Light exercising, breathing exercises, start moving, toning, improvising. Deep sleep session is usually included!
12:30-14:30 lunch & siësta
14:30-16:30 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations

16:30-17:00 Tea time
17:00-18:00 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations

18:00-19:30 dinner & rest
19:30-21:30 observe and celebrate today’s Winter Solstice

 

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.

12:30-14:30 lunch & siësta
14:30-16:30 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations

16:30-17:00 Tea time
17:00-18:00 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations
18:00-19:00 dinner

 

On Day 3, our last evening, after the Solstice and before Christmas Eve, we will jointly celebrate the change from darkness to light. Participants can contribute a memory or reflection, a song, a dance, individually, en groupe, as a duo, whatever comes up. Consider to bring an instrument you play, candles to lighten up the atmosphere, a special garment or hat to wear.

 

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PLACE

We hold our sessions in Shufang’s Energy Healing, a gorgeous yoga studio with a big garden in Dulan, Taidong. The studio has all utilities we need and is fully air-conditioned of course. We can use the big lawn outside for musical workouts in fresh air, giant rocks to repose, and shady places to rest.

 

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FOR WHOM?

The workshop attracts young, curious artists; established musicians and performers facing creative obstacles or blockades; yoga and other body-mind workers not very familiar with sound; people familiar with sound but needing a fuller understanding and experience of it; people youna and old looking for physical and spiritual development; practitioners of Buddhism and other contemplative traditions needing deeper breathing and chanting practice; busy people needing a break from work in a relaxed atmosphere. Despite the name, Voice Yoga is not a harsh or demanding yoga camp, quite the contrary: it lets you grow at your own peace and rest and sleep or observe when you want to.

There are no specific requirements to join. Ages frange from early 20s to around 75. Yoga, music or other skills are not required. We strive for a group between 8 and 12 people.

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HOW TO PREPARE?

Bring a yoga mat to exercise and lie down. There are sitting cushions and also chairs if you cannot sit on the floor for long. Bring something to cover yourself when we repose or meditate. Bringing an instrument is a good idea (no need to play it well; a percussive instrument is always good).

 

Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat 2022. Photo: Jackal Mei

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LANGUAGES

English + Chinese

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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. He practices yoga for some twenty-five years and all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 35 years. His enterprise Fusica was established in 1998 to explore intersections of sound and the arts (music) on the one hand, and science and academica (fusikè, physics) on the other, with .

 

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MEET THE TEAM & CONTACT

This workshop is brought to you by organiser Jackal Mei, translator Sunny Chen and hosted by Shufang Wang.

Administrative assistance by Hsi-Yin Chang.

Jackal, Sunny, Mark

 

For any questions about the contents in English, ask Mark.

mark@fusica.nl

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Paraphony

Phone 0910382749

 

For any questions about the contents in Mandarin, and for lodging, travel and food details, ask Jackal.

Jackal: jackallala@gmail.com

 

For registration and payment issues ask Hsi-Yin.

Hsi Yin: hsiyin724@gmail.com

 

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PRICES

Regular: NT$ 29.500

Early Bird: – 25%. NT$ 22.125. (2 weeks, till October 19)

Early Bird 2: – 15%. NT$ 25.075 (3 weeks, till November 9)

Doubters’ Discount: – 10%. NT$ 26550 (till 1 month before workshop, November 23)

Poor Struggling Artists Early Bird: – 20%. NT$ 23.600. (Register up to November 23).

Mark’s Old students; TOSA members; students (ID card); seniors without sufficient income:  – 20%. NT$ 23.600.

Bring a friend: – 1000 NT$ (can not be combined with early bird discounts or artist price).

 

INCLUDED

– Tuition fee

– All lunches and diners (including Sunday lunch)

– Insurance

NOT INCLUDED

– Transport to Taidong

– Lodging

 

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REGISTRATION

– Please complete your online application form , and transfer application fee.

– online application form: https://forms.gle/WoCuHwKaMbzp7LZm6
– After transferring, please SMS, Line, or email to inform Hsi-Yin with your name, and the last 5 numbers of your bank account
– After receiving your fee, we will send a confirmation email in 5 days, and invite you joining our line group for more event detail.

 

PAYMENT

Bank code: 822.

Name of bank: China Trust

Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren

Account number: 163540306745

Make sure to send an email to Hsi-Yin after your payment. We will confirm reception as soon as possible.

 

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DISCLAIMER

We try to keep prices reasonable. If you cannot make it for some reason, we will return 80% of deposit fees up to 2 weeks before the event, 50% in the second week before starting date, and no refund in the last week leading to the event. In case of proven COVID-19-related problems we can give a refund (minus admin charge) or save the registration and fees for a next workshop.

 

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DISCLAIMER

By signing up you automatically acknowledge your understanding that this retreat sometimes involves strenuous physical exercise, potentially disrupting body-work and emotionally charged sessions with a deep impact on your well-being. It is understood that you yourself best know of any risks (physical, emotional, psychological) and that there is no pressure or obligation to do each and every exercise. By joining this retreat you accept the consequences and state your intention to complete it till the end. You waive all rights to seek or receive compensation in case of injury, loss or damage.

We reserve the right to cancel the retreat in the case we do not reach the minimum number of participants, between 4 and 2 weeks before starting date; in this case all paid workshop fees will be promptly returned. We are not responsible for expenses for the BnB or transport.

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KNOW MORE?

Mark’s Voice Yoga runs for over 10 years and brings together 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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CURIOUS BUT IN DOUBT?

For a taste of this retreat,

come to one of the weekly Voice Yoga

classes in Taipei for a 2-hour session.

Classes will resume again soon, ask for the details.

 

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

https://www.fusica.nl/upcoming-events/

 

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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

 

聲音瑜伽冬至療癒假期

2023年12月21日至24日 

成為聲音中的永恆

一期一會 人聲與想像力的年終慶典

整整三天半的關於聲音與身體的探索/

連結你的身心平衡,以及充滿創造力、活力的存在。

 

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關於聲音瑜伽 療癒假期

在聲音瑜伽的動態團體過程中,你將超越自己的習慣和期望。看見比自我更廣大的自己開始甦醒: 那些隱藏著的創造力開始顯現,如河水般開始流動。

以瑜伽或接觸即興等體育運動為基礎,我們使用各種沒有意義和不強調美麗歌聲的聲音。純粹、直接的表達,以及通過口、四肢、臀部、腳、皮膚和內臟的共鳴和振動的感覺。

我們超越了常見的主客體和心靈身體的二元對立,將無意識的自我和有時不理性的情感浮出水面。團體過程成為自我的鏡子,使我們能夠更清晰地“看見”自己,聽到深藏內心的聲音。結果通常具有驚人的清晰度和即時性。

 

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工作坊時程表

我們將於12月21日星期四上午9點開始,建議您前一晚抵達。 

我們將在星期日24日午餐後結束,大約下午1:30左右。

 

第1天 

9:00-12:30:計畫簡介。輕鬆的運動,呼吸練習,開始運動,調音,即興。通常包括深層睡眠的部分! 

12:30-14:30:午餐和午休 

14:30-16:30:引導的運動和聲音練習,行走冥想,即興 

16:30-17:00:茶點時間 

17:00-18:00:引導的運動和聲音練習,行走冥想,即興

18:00-19:30:晚餐和休息 

19:30-21:30:觀察並慶祝今天的冬至

 

第2、3、4天(半天)

9:00-12:00:緩慢冥想式的熱身,輕度至劇烈的運動,調音,製造噪音。再次:恢復性的(半)睡眠/夢境。

12:30-14:30:午餐和午休 

14:30-16:30:引導的運動和聲音練習,行走冥想,即興 

16:30-17:00:茶點時間 

17:00-18:00:引導的運動和聲音練習,行走冥想,即興 

18:00-19:00:晚餐

 

在第3天,也就是我們的最後一個晚上,在冬至和平安夜之間,我們將一起慶祝從黑暗到光明的轉變。參與者可以貢獻一個記憶或反思,一首歌,一支舞蹈,個人,集體,作為一對,無論發生什麼。你可考慮攜帶一個你會演奏的樂器,蠟燭來燈亮氛圍,一件特別的衣物或帽子來穿著。

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地點 

光之屋,距離都蘭主街步行20分鐘上山,背靠都蘭山、眺望太平洋

遠離塵囂、綠意昂然,是擁有大片草原和原生種植物的私人僻靜山莊

工作坊空間專門設計作為聲響體驗、音樂製作、人聲演唱

寬廣舒適、共鳴充滿、能量和諧,一個淨化身心的獨特場域

用心迎接聲音瑜伽士們的滿血回歸,還有什麼比光之屋更好的呢?

 

https://www.facebook.com/shufang.energyhealing/

 

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參加對象

這個工作坊吸引了年輕、充滿好奇心的藝術家;已經在創作中遇到困境或障礙的專業音樂家和表演者;對聲音不太熟悉的瑜伽和其他身心工作者;熟悉聲音但需要更深入了解和體驗的人;年輕和年長的人,尋求身體和精神的發展;佛教和其他冥想傳統的修行者,需要更深層次的呼吸和吟誦練習;忙碌的人需要在輕鬆的氛圍中休息,遠離工作的壓力。

儘管名為Voice Yoga,但這並不是一個嚴格或苛刻的瑜伽營,相反,它讓您按照自己的節奏成長,休息、睡覺或觀察都是可以的。 參加工作坊無需特定要求。年齡從20多歲到約75歲不等。不需要瑜伽、音樂或其他技能。我們希望參加的人數在8到12人之間。

 

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如何準備? 

請攜帶瑜伽墊用於運動和躺下。如果您不能長時間坐在地板上,我們提供坐墊和椅子。當我們休息或冥想時,請攜帶東西蓋住自己。攜帶樂器是個好主意(不需要演奏得很好;打擊樂器總是不錯的選擇)

 

2021聲音瑜伽 冬至療癒假期。 攝影:Jackal Mei

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語言 

英語 + 中文即席翻譯

[將會是一句句有節奏的翻譯,容易理解]

 

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帶領者

Mark van Tongeren 是一位荷蘭聲音探索家,對藝術、科學和冥想傳統的交互作用深感興趣。Mark 在戲劇、音樂和舞蹈製作方面擁有 30 年的經驗,並獲得萊頓大學創意表演藝術學院的博士學位。他練習瑜伽有約二十五年的經驗,並在聲音、音樂、表演等各種實踐領域已有 35 年的經驗。他的品牌 Fusica 成立於 1998 年,旨在探索聲音和藝術(音樂)以及科學和學術(fusikè,物理學)之間的交集。

認識更多馬克老師  www.fusica.nl。

 

我們的團隊

帶領者: Mark Van Tongeren
翻譯: Sunny Chen
活動規劃兼攝影: Jackal Mei

行政助理:張惜音
場地主人: 王曙芳

 

 

Mark 和惜音

 

  • For any questions about the contents in English, ask Mark: 

mark@fusica.nl

Phone/LINE:  0910382749

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Paraphony

 

  • 課程內容、食宿問題,請聯繫Jackal Mei: 

jackallala@gmail.com

Line ID:jackallala

手機號碼:+886 936596910

 

  • 報名、匯款問題,請聯繫惜音:

hsiyin724@gmail.com

Line ID:hsiyin724

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責任歸屬


報名此工作坊代表你了解: 

1) 工作坊可能會有劇烈肢體運動,引起身體跟心理的衝擊。

2) 工作坊中的每項活動都不是強制性的,你必須衡量自身狀況(身體/心理/情緒)來決定要不要參與。

3) 你會對自己的身體及心理狀態負責,主辦方不承擔任何相關的傷害、損失及賠償責任。

 

如果在開始日期之前4到2週內我們未能達到最低參加人數,我們保留取消療癒假期的權利;在這種情況下,所有已支付的工作坊費用將迅速退還。我們不對住宿或交通費用負責。

 

報名費用

  • 一般價格:新台幣 29,500元
  • 超早鳥優惠: 75折, 新台幣 22,125元(至10月19日)
  • 早鳥優惠:85折, 新台幣 25,075元(至11月9日)
  • 懷疑者優惠: 9折。新台幣 26,550元(至11月23日)
  • 財務困難的藝術家優惠: 8折。新台幣 23,600元(至11月23日)
  • 舊生/TOSA會員/學生(持學生證)/無足夠收入的年長者: 8折。新台幣 23,600元。
  • 帶一位朋友: – 1,000新台幣(不可與早鳥優惠或藝術家價格結合使用)。

 

費用包含:

*學費

*7餐的台東地方蛋奶舒食餐食[午餐+晚餐]

*保險

不包含:

* 交通

* 住宿

 

【匯款通知手續】

1.請先完成線上登記手續: https://forms.gle/YRaVPaFVxPy1dayX9,並於3天內匯款完畢

2.匯款完畢,請以手機簡訊,Line、Email等其中一種的方式通知惜音(hsiyin724@gmail.com),並提供姓名、金額、匯款帳號後五碼

3.經確認款項後,將在五天內發出報名確認信件,並邀請您進入專屬Line群組,以便活動行前聯絡相關事宜

 

【匯款帳號】

銀行:中國信託敦南分行(代號:822)

帳號:163540306745

戶名:MARK CHRISTIAAN VAN TONGEREN

 

【取消報名】

課程前60天取消報名收取10%行政費。
課程前30-59天取消報名,主辦方將保留80%費用;
課程前29-15天取消報名,主辦方將保留50%費用。 課程1-14天取消報名,主辦方將不退任何費用
如果你找人來替代你來上課,我們將退回10%行政費之外的費用。

如果出現確診的COVID-19的相關情況,我們可以退款(扣除行政費用),或者將報名和費用保存供下一個工作坊使用。

 

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想了解更多?

馬克的聲音瑜伽已實踐超過10年,這個方法匯集了數十年的創造性、聲音表達、瑜伽修行和冥想傳統。

聲音瑜伽既不是你在四周看到的瑜伽,也不是你每天都聽到的音樂。它是一種個人的、藝術性的綜合,融合了廣泛的音樂、共鳴、戲劇、冥想和身體藝術。它們的共同點是馬克的獨特綜合和他的願景,創造出一種強烈的流動感,無論活動是什麼。嚴肅的練習融入令人難以忘懷(並且無法重複!)的音樂創作中,深層呼吸法演變為接觸即興,聲音練習則變成荒謬的劇場。

這個療癒假期將給您帶來很大的提振,無論您是音樂家、舞者、瑜伽老師、演員,還是只是對通過聲音、身體和心靈之間的聯繫來工作於個人成長感興趣。如果你以前從未接觸過瑜伽,也沒問題!

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好奇但有疑問嗎?

每週聲音瑜珈 

想要嘗試一下這個療癒之旅的滋味嗎? 

歡迎來參加台北每週一次的聲音瑜珈課程, 每堂課為2小時。

課程將很快恢復,詳情請詢問。

 

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更多關於我們的活動

Spring Program 2024

 

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【學員分享】

「第一次我感到內心有許多聲音,我感到我的身體內有一個內在的空間。這對我來說是非常強大的經驗。這個身體不再是我以前所知道的。當你唱歌的時候,我感到平靜…當你要求我們模仿你的聲音時,我覺得非常有趣…每次當我們一起發聲時,我感到自己正在分解,然後再重新組合每個部分。」- Judith

「你的課程向我展示了呼吸和聲音的魔力。這讓我的內在小孩非常開心。」- Nancy

「我非常喜歡今天這堂課。你讓每個人都參與其中,充分表達自己,並且有很好的放鬆和充電。」- Tina

「這比以往任何時候都讓我回想起我的童年,所以我可以再次玩耍。」-  Kovida

「聲音瑜伽幫助我感到更輕盈。」- Jennifer

「我非常享受,感到放鬆,這對我來說是一門特別的課程。」- Judy 

「這比性愛還要棒!」- Tammy

 

Spring Program 2024

Concerts, workshops and other upcoming events.

Details below

近期音樂會、工作坊與活動

                   

Mark is taking a short break from physical workshops and postponing some that were planned already to later this year.
Please check back here, get on the email-list  or ask to be notified for a specific workshop.
馬克暫時停止舉辦實體工作坊,並將已計畫的工作坊延期至下半年。
請回來查看此頁,或是加入馬克的電子報,或來信告訴我們,你想要即時收到哪個特定工作坊的最新消息。

April 15|4月15日

Free Online Overtone Singing Class 免費泛音詠唱線上課

From now on I start teaching online one-on-one voice classes!
I am offering two free online sessions for two learning pathways that you can just try out if you are interested, without further obligations.
If you have any issues with your overtone singing technique, overall resonance or vocal delivery, or wish to develop more grounding or authenticity in your voice, I am here to help with that.
So to start with, I have outlined two main sorts of questions that I can help with:
1. overtone singing in a therapeutic way,
2. overtone singing as a musical, artistic path.
The first one does not emphasise too many technical issues and musical terms, and is more focused on being completely present and as resonant as needed (a big booming sound is certainly not what everyone needs, on the contrary).
The second path is for those who want to know exactly what overtones they sing and use that in musical contexts. Obviously, the two paths can be totally mixed up. Personally I have always combined the therapeutic with the artistic. But not everyone is interested in scales and intervals, neither do they need to be, so if you decide to take some lessons this is one thing that you need to figure out.
In online classes, you will
– try out some exercises with me
– get your questions and concerns answered
– understand more about my overtone singing approach
Do join if you like! Just sign up and we give you the access details.
Free Online Overtone Singing Class – Therapeutic Pathway
▶ Date & Time: 15. April 19:00
Free Online Overtone Singing Class – Artistic Pathway
▶ Date & Time: 15. April 20:00
▶ Place: Online (Zoom meeting)
▶ Fee: FREE!
▶ Language: English
▶ Sign up: https://bit.ly/freeOSclasses
(Once signing up through this link, we will send you the link to the online meeting room as soon as possible. You will be automatically added to my mailing list. You can unsubscribe at anytime).

 

April 18|4月18日

Perfect Improvisation 完美即興

>>>> Learn more/活動詳細資訊 <<<<<<

Read all about it here.

                                               

April 26|4月26日

聽見泛音 ‧人聲詠唱音樂會

⋆✺✹聽見泛音‧人聲詠唱音樂會✺✹⋆
2024/04/26(五) 19:30- 20:10
|演出者|
Suezu, Kovida, Amang, Sunny, Jackal, Haopin
|梅門防空洞|
台北市中正區延平南路87號B1
(捷運藍線西門站4號出口,穿過中山堂
廣場,餐廳位於合作金庫大樓B1)
歡迎您來用餐、並聆賞演出,
提醒您要 預先訂位 喔~~
訂位電話|02-2389-7788

December 21 – 24 |12月21-24日

Voice Yoga Winter Retreat  聲音瑜伽:冬至療癒假期

 >>>> Learn more/活動詳細資訊 <<<<<<

Read all about it here.

 

 

 

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HYPNOKYO

HYPNOKYO

or how to combine the art of writing meaningful non-sense texts with hypnosis methods

 

Next week I am teaching a group of hypnosis students in Taipei. They are the students of a man who goes by the nickname of La Mian (ramen, or Japanese thick noodles) who is specialized in hypnosis and teaches and applies it in a wide range of methods. He came to my workshop Ocean of Voices recently, a 3-day exploration of the richness of musical traditions around the world (focusing on the voice). We had several amazing sessions where everyone went through his or her own transformations while singing, chanting, drumming, playing, or just listening to everyone else. Paths to change the body, change the mind and empower your creative imagination through the voice: a dynamic key or bridge that sits in between the body and mind, working its logical and illogical ways in both directions.

 

 

Photos taken during the Oceaen of Voices of workshop in Nantou, Taiwan. Above, La Mian with the Bunun people from XinYi. Below, session during the workshop.

 

You could call the logical part the verbal: the voice as speech, as reason and gossip.

You could call the illogical part transverbal: the voice as sound and music, as noise and non-sense.

 

Transverbal is a term Michael Vetter coined to group together, and give purpose to, his vast corpus of creative work, in music, in visual arts, in writing. It led, among other things, to his writing of okyo’s, which is Japanese for sutras. His sutras were not Buddhist texts, but used the sounds of the Japanese language as a template from which he created ‘texts’ without meaning. It was not merely a capricious thing, a joke, or an anti-religious sentiment. Vetter was serious about it. He had practised chanting and reciting actual sutras for year after year during his 13 year stay in Japan, going about the streets begging for alms or performing ceremonial. But, in a true Zen vein, he would not eschew the occasional humorous twist in his own okyos either.

 

I got to know Michael Vetter’s okyos in the mid 1990s and was impressed with their form and sound and Vetter’s precise reasoning for why he created them. Later I began to write my own occasional okyos. Last year I decided to write an okyo every day for one year, to commemorate Michael’s birth (in 1943) and passing (in 2013), now eighty and ten years ago. I shape these okyos, naturally, but they also shape me, and invite me or teach me to push for new ideas about sound, language and symbol. Here is one example which I will take to the Hypnokyo workshop:

 

 

Here is another one

And here is one that you can listen to in the video, below:

 



So next week my okyos are going to be tested by students of hypnosis. They learn a range of sounding techniques that could enhance or expand their hypnosis practise. I am really looking forward to see what they will do with it, and hope I can be their guinea pig to test the efficacy of the okyos. Not long ago, hypnosis was regarded as somewhat occult, esoteric and strange. In recent years it has become more widely accepted and it began to loose its strangeness in public opinion. The approach now seems to be more practical: it is yet another way for us – complicated, sensitive and often limited and hyperrational human beings – to understand the mysteries of life and self, and to make sense of the world around us in new, more attuned ways.

 

You can enjoy listening to one of my okyos in this video (thanks to Sky for editing).

And I will read this week’s episode of one of my favorite newsletters, which happens to be devoted to clinical hypnosis.

Book and Audio Anthology published

A few days ago, Overtone Singing – Hidden Dimensions of the Human Voice has arrived at its distribution centers in the US (NY), Europe (Haarlem) and Taiwan (Longtan). Publisher David Rothenberg produced a beautiful midway solution between paperback and hardcover book, called ‘flexibound.’

That was the signal to also let the Anthology of Overtone Singing go public. First of all on Bandcamp, where the audio is now available for streaming or purchasing. I also submitted all tracks to Apple Music, Spotify etc. etc. 25 Artists that are not featured on Apple Music and Spotify yet now will be represented there. It took me about a year of preparations and it meant not a small thing to press that ‘SUBMIT’ button to me.

 

 

 

So book and music are available now from Terra Nova Press, from me and next week also from a European address. We are still working out the best solution to offer the music and the book in one go. For the moment, the book is available through Terra Nova Press and by writing to me directly, while the Anthology is available in Bandcamp. Possibly we offer both in one package very soon.

There is a limited number of books available with a CD that is nearly identical with the streaming version from Bandcamp: just two tracks have been shortened a bit to fit onto the CD format. Details will soon be published on Bandcamp; you can also write to me if that is what you need.

The major platforms will  start selling and shipping the book in December or January.

For now, get it directly from one of us!

Book on Terra Nova Press:

https://www.terranovapress.com/books/overtonesinging

Book and/or Anthology Album on Bandcamp:

https://markvantongeren.bandcamp.com/album/anthology-of-overtone-singing

 

You will find more details about the book on this page.

 

Overtone Singing Book Pre-Sale started

 

After three years of editing (text), drawing, scanning (illustrations), mastering (audio) and revising under the guidance of very capable editors, Overtone Singing – Hidden Dimensions of the Human Voice is now getting ready for printing and distributing. It was nearly 20 years ago when I first met the new publisher, David Rothenberg, in his upstate New York village, after attending the Small Publisher’s Fair in New York City. We became friends, met here and there every once in a while and kept up a correspondence about many issues, such as the music of birds and other creatures, which is his special theme. Some years ago he launched his own press and so we came to talk about my book Overtone Singing, which needed a thorough update and revision.

Pre-order Overtone Singing at your local bookstore (US only)

Pre-order Overtone Singing on Amazon.com

Pre-order Overtone Singing on Book Depository – free world-wide delivery

 

Many things have been changed compared to the original book, so much so that I think this is the definitive version. Why? Because the contents became more and more integrated, my views more balanced, I dared to speak out criticisms more clearly, I updated myself about aspects that I thought were poorly represented (such as the healing and therapeutic aspects of overtones). Not to mention the development of the field itself in these 20 years: female overtone singers are once again well-established instead of marginal, the khöömei ‘traditions’ have developed in many directions and become modern in many ways, and they have popped up in new places where we did not really expect them (such as China, to mention one controversial case I discuss).

 

I also had the great fortune to do research about the ‘multi-part’ (that is, choral) traditions of overtone singing (Tibet, South Africa, Sardinia) and to make recordings there. I am quite proud about the accompanying audio guide, which is now called The Anthology of Overtone Singing and will be available in many places soon. I have been to nearly every place with an overtone singing tradition and keep on investigating these fascinating traditions in person, wherever I can. I think my new Physics chapter sets a good standard for what is possible technically, with updated drawings by own hand. The lessons learnt from several projects for which I have created new works for overtone singers have been really important for that: the Paraphony Laboratory and the Parafonia group, the Superstringtrio, and now IUooUI in Taiwan. In another way this book finally got the form I had always wanted it to be. Despite the help of several capable readers and editors in previous versions, there were still quite some mistakes in terms of English usage. Thanks to a thorough review process, there is no more engrish now!

 

 

What we are hoping for now, is to get enough backers for the crowdfunding campaign. OK, let me explain, for those who get confused. Crowdfunding is when you buy and pay for something that does not yet exist, but which you hope and wish will go into production: a book or music project, or a new model electric toothbrush – it can be anything, really. A backer is internet lingo for a supporter, which is simply a client who buys something, or someone who pays more to support a project and receives something extra on top. So without further ado, please check out the campaign for the Overtone Singing book on indiegogo.com, and order a book by clicking on the link below.

 

You will be among the first to receive the book and I will be eternally grateful to you! If you have any questions or problems with Indiegogo, you can always write to me directly.

You will find all the details about the book on this page.

 

 

 

 

Pictured from top to bottom: Sainkho Namtchylak with guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi; singers from Castelsardo, Sardinia; Musicians from Nqoko, South Africa; Khöömei Day in Tuva, 2018;Andreï Öpei and Valeriy Mongush from Tuva; the author with Trân Quang Hai, renowned overtone singing researcher, onstage in Kyzyl, Tuva, 1995.

Introducing: IUooUI

A new group called IUooUI is going to give its first series of full performances. Most of us know each other for many years now and share a deep passion for overtone singing, throat singing and improvising with voices and instruments, as well as work on the body-mind relationship. We decided to take it a step further and create surprising performances based on all those amazing sessions we had during workshops throughout the years. We all have dreams and desires to bring the music in our heads alive, for others to hear. This is a challenge. We leave the intimate comfort zone of a workshop space. We are ready to confront an audience of curious listeners in unusual settings, and to envelop them with our resonances, overtones, mantras, syllables, shrieks, assisted by drums, Jew’s Harps, shruti boxes and more.

 

 

 

The name UIooUI stands for the mantra-and sutra-like phrases that we often use, inspired by the okyo of Michael Vetter (1943-2013). Michael transformed these traditional Japanese sutras to expand his own musical language, and this has become part of my own language now. IuooUI also stands for:

 

Of course, the syllables i-u-o-o-u-i  make a small overtone piece in themselves.

The name was proposed by our in-house poet, Amang, whose Chinese name is , which is the last part of IUooUI when it is pronounced as a three-character Mandarin syllabe, yiwoyu.

Our in-house designer JiJi Liu created the logo for us.

 

The name TWEAKS refers to the process of tweaking, adjusting, making things better by smaller or sometimes bigger changes. It is my hope that next week we can really tweak all the musical elements so that they keep on growing, changing and move towards a more refined shape. This week, at least, some of us were still busy tweaking, like JiJi and Sky, who came up with this after the dress rehearsal:

 

 

It has been inspiring to see how busy all members got in recent months to prepare for this first complete performance. They have been working diligently on their sounds and pieces, of which more than half is composed by themselves in smaller units. They took care of sound and light, finding equipment and personnel to handle it, costumes …

 

Earlier this year we have done some smaller performance, to warm up, and as teasers for our bigger program.

 

DATES and TIMES

Sunday August 21 – 19:30

Wednesday August 24 – 19:30

Friday August 26 – 15:00 and 19:30

Sunday August 28 – 19:30

The performances will be held at VENUE, on its 5F space, No. 10, Lane 107, Linsen North Road. This is a bustling area and if you have the time, you can have diner before at a nice Japanese restaurant, Umeko, right next door to VENUE  (no. 8)!

Limited 20% discounted tickets available, please write to: iuooui.taiwan@gmail.com
to secure your seat. Tickets: https://www.opentix.life/event/1536284030369976325

Our Facebook and IG:

www.facebook.com/iuooui.taiwan

https://www.instagram.com/_iuooui/

 

 

IUooUI : 全新泛音詠唱團體的誕生
8月底,我們有些很令人興奮的活動即將發生。首先,我們的全新泛音詠唱團體IUooUI即將正式演出。我們的團員彼此認識很多年了,也都非常熱愛泛唱、喉唱、人聲與樂器的即興。我們決定要向前邁進一步,然後把我們每次一起唱歌所發展出的創作變成一個演出。我們都懷抱著,想要讓別人聽到我們心裡所聽見的聲音的夢想。這是一個挑戰。離開了工作坊的舒適圈,我們現在已經準備好面對一群觀眾,希望能夠用我們的共鳴、泛音、梵咒、音節、發聲,伴隨著鼓聲、口簧琴、印度風琴等等。我們很希望能夠在2022臺北藝穗節《泛⾳九釀》的五場演出中與你相見。
8月【漪渦⿂】 就要正式公演了~
我們即將參與 2022臺北藝穗節,一共演出5場~
1:【8/21 19:30】 (日) 晚
2:【8/24 19:30】 (三) 晚
3:【8/26 15:00】 (五) 午
4:【8/26 19:30】 (五) 晚
5:【8/28 19:30】 (日) 晚

演出資訊: https://www.opentix.life/event/1536284030369976325

還有少量8折票,請私訊臉出粉絲頁,幫你於前台留票:

 

Founding the Taiwan Overtone Singing Association

On 12/12/2021 we started the founding of the TOSA, or Taiwan Overtone Singing Association. It was an old dream of mine to have a more solid vehicle for my work and that of others in the field of overtone singing. But lacking reading and writing skills in Chinese I was unable to give that wish a concrete form. But then my close collaborators Sunny Chen and Jackal Mei began to question me about this and make suggestions about how to let this community grow and organise some bigger events. By now there are quite some people who have studied overtone singing with me or with other local practitioners, or with foreign teachers (often from Inner Mongolia or Tuva). There are several skilled performers and others who are improving their skills rapidly. I tend to be a bit of a loner in my work in overtone singing, but I think the time has come to really help others flower if they wish to become good overtone singers. And to show more people the beauty of this technique in all its forms, whether artistic or therapeutic, traditional or modern.

 

TOSA members performing on January 1 at Mei Garden Restaurant, Taipei

 

In the end it was Sunny Chen who has done endless amounts of paperwork to have the first small meeting of founders last December. My heartfelt thanks to her and all those who signed up as founders. The next step is to go public, and this will happen right after Chinese New Year, on February 19. On that day our chairman Sky Tseng will tell more about bigger and smaller events we are going to host every year; about a practising group to brush up your overtone singing and chanting; about concerts we will jointly attend or important books and pieces or CDs we will discuss. Professor Chung Minder, or taimu as he is known to many, will look back to twenty years of overtone singing in Taiwan, and perhaps look forward too. My old friends, and long-time overtone singing lovers (and love-couple in the first place) Wei-Lin and Qi-Chung will do a presentation, and so do I: this serves as the upbeat to a full concert we are preparing for later this year.

To make all of this happen, we need to reach a minimum of 45 members by January 28 (and not by February 19, as we thought before). We hope you will consider to sign up this month and give our association a flying start. A little extra support at this point is much needed since only a small inner circle of people knows about this initiative. Once we get started in February we can reach out to more people.

 

TOSA founding meeting no. 1, 12/12/2021

 

2021 12 12 日,我們著手成立 TOSA,即台灣泛音詠唱協會Taiwan Overtone Singing Association)。協會將 2 19 日舉辦場盛大活動,在一個美麗的新空間舉辦音樂會和講座作為協會對外公開的開端。我在此邀請你一同加入,成為協會成員。我長久以來都夢想能在泛領域為自己和其他藝術家創建更實際的平台。但由於中文讀寫能力有限,我遲遲無法實現這個願望。直到身邊的合作夥伴 Sunny Chen Jackal Mei 開始詢問我相關的想法,並提出發展組織及舉辦大型活動的建議,我的心願才開始逐步實踐目前為止已經有不少人學可能是跟我學習,也可能是跟台灣國外的老師學習(通常來自內蒙古或圖瓦)近年來,位技術純熟的表演者和泛音愛好者,他們的技巧與日俱進。我在泛唱方面的工作往往是獨立進行但我認為是時候幫助更多有志專精泛音詠唱的人發光發熱了!同時我也想與更多人分享泛唱各種形式的美,涵蓋藝術、療癒、傳統現代等各個層面

 

更多關於 2 月活動和 TOSA 計劃的訊息都可以在這裡找到。請註冊並成為會員!根據規定,我們需要在 2 月 19 日之前招募足夠的會員,所以如果可以,請現在(或在 1 月底前)點選連結,協助我們推動計劃。非常感謝你!

最後是 Sunny 做了大量文書工作,在去年 12 月召開了第一次小型的發起人會議。我衷心感謝 Sunny 和所有登記的發起人。協會的下一步是對外公開,時間將是農曆年後的 2 月 19 日。那一天,理事長 Sky Tseng 將詳細介紹協會大小年度活動、一起精進泛唱技巧的練唱小組、成員共同參與的音樂會、還有我們列入討論項目的重要書籍、作品和專輯。鍾明德教授(也就是大家熟知的大木老師)則會回顧台灣 20 年的泛音詠唱史。另外一個重頭戲是泛唱圈的佳偶啟仲和維琳的泛音雙重唱,他們是我的老朋友,也是資深的泛音愛好者。我自己也會有一段泛音獨唱,這兩段演出將為今年籌備中的正式音樂會開啟序幕。

 

為了實現這一切,我們需要在 1 月底前招募至少 45 員(不是之前以為的 2 19 日)。所以我們希望大家能在這個月註冊,讓協會有一個好的開始這方面我們非常需要一些額外的支持,因為目前只有少部分人知道這個計畫。一旦在 2 正式對外公開,我們就更多人

 

【台灣泛音詠唱協會 成立大會】將於農曆年後,在台北舉辦!

時間: 2022219日,14:00-16:00

地點: 好好說話工作坊,

         台北市中山區明水路575B1

https://goo.gl/maps/tjjuF6zGF9vqGYmV8

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精彩分享包括:

1. 鍾明德教授分享〈泛音在台灣的歷史〉 

     (鍾明德教授為《OM:泛音詠唱作為藝乘》作者)

2. Mark van Tongeren 泛音獨唱 

3. 天使之音啟仲維琳 泛音雙重唱
 
 
活動搶先看資訊歡迎追蹤協會臉書
【台灣泛音詠唱協會】

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如欲參與2/19活動,加入協會聲音探索的大家庭,
請填:【會員申請書】

 

First Voice Yoga Retreat (full report)

At the end of 2019, in fact around the Winter Solstice on December 21, we did the first Voice Yoga Retreat here in Taiwan. A wonderful recollection of the best stuff I have done during my 7 seven years of weekly Voice Yoga classes. It was beyond expectation: fantastic weather, great location, wonderful students, and a great three-person-strong core team (Sunny Chen, Jackal Mei, me) to take care of everything.

 

 

Most of all, we all experienced a nice flow between yogic and other exercises, sound and body improvisations, eating cakes and drinking Jackal’s homebrewn coffee, meditating, listening, chanting, learning about my methods and ‘vision.’ People came from all over the place and all walks of life, and most were new to Voice Yoga.

One student, Guang Guang, wrote an excellent report in Chinese about everything we did, in Chinese. I reproduce it here, with an autotranslation at the bottom of this page. Jackal Mei made some great photos, and there’s a couple of myself too. Many thanks to Guang Guang and Jackal for the words and images, and to Sunny !

We’ll do another Voice Yoga Retreat later this year on the beautiful, relaxed East Coast of Taiwan, where the pace is slow, weather seems to be nearly always good, birds sing loudly and the ocean is never far away. Get on the maillinglist for updates.

 

 

/聲音瑜伽

因為身旁總是很多優秀的朋友,然後串成一條路徑,一開始是葉子跟我分享聲音,讓我在心裡種下了種子…
於是最近去體驗了一場聲音瑜伽,
授課的老師是教授泛音的馬克
我很喜歡他無私有愛的分享
且關照及感受著每一個我們
當第一堂課說
在這所發出的聲音都是當下要發生的
沒有好壞對錯,每個音都是對的…
讓沒有音感的我感到自在安心
第一個晚上
馬克很自然的就將大家的聲音一起融合在空間裡,讓彼此陌生的夥伴,很快的流動起來,只是短短的兩小時,我全身的細胞都在跳舞

/呼吸練習
在這個練習裡有很多要去感覺的東西,
我也在這個練習去練習感覺
呼吸的快慢,流向哪裡,擴張或收縮…
從沒思考這麼自然發生的事,
但最近這兩次的課程都在提醒著這件事,也就是當下

 

/母音三角形
很喜歡玩母音三角形
但在這裡面會發現自己的氣很短,
也會想配合其他人
在完美與協調之間理出自己的節奏
呼~吸~
烏~啊~一

/聲音的海洋
隨著模仿到自然而然的發聲,
讓自己的聲音丟進海洋裡
腦海會一直出現森林,池塘,水窪,沼澤,穹蒼,萬物,大地之聲
喜歡靜容分享的,她感覺身體自己發亮的地方想出聲,於是就讓那個聲音自己出來…
好有覺察的身體,我還在練習的路上

 

/深度聆聽
在戶外一起發聲,
聆聽空間裡擁有的音,跟隨
聆聽沒有的音,創造
在一來一往之間
做成了一首當代音樂
很喜歡這樣融合的旋律

/驚喜
圍一個圈,跟著馬克發出幾個音,
高高低低,閉上眼睛
幾個音沒有規則的發聲練習
然後由慢漸快,
馬克將桑尼推進圈內
在人圈中閉上眼享受旋律
馬克這時唱的越來越快
越來越具體
開始發現事有蹊蹺
打開眼睛望向馬克
他對我笑著示意
宛珍也早領略到了
沒錯,真的是我想的那樣
學員一個接一個笑開
桑尼終於意識到這一趴的別出心裁
流著淚接受大家獻唱
這一刻好感動
好美~好美~

 

/冬至熄燈
圍著蠟燭一起度過寧靜的夜,閉上眼四週充滿星星的感覺,那些包圍我們的自然之聲,好像墜落在草叢中發亮的星體,發亮的全是萬物的聲音

/薩滿儀式
同學藍師那一夜為大家進行薩滿旅程
第一次體驗儀式,薩滿鼓震出我全身電流,在守護靈的守護之下去感覺這個過程,叢林,速度,黑暗的旋轉,之後竄出來的蛇,最後讓自己慢慢抽離,見到一頭鹿而停止
宛珍被薩滿鼓招喚,以奔跑來流動
阿駱也隨之起舞,整個場域或坐或動
各有各的世界,奇幻世界~

 

/母音九宮格
深度覺察自己的聲音所在
共振的身體裡,聲音去到了哪裡?
馬克說
身體跟聲音會有共振的地方

意念也可以讓聲音去你想要他要去的地方
最後每個人的聲音震動,
都有不同的發現
這讓我覺得聲音太好玩了
每個人的身體感受都如此獨特

/呼吸節奏
呼吸長短的差異,
也能是一首悠揚的曲子
這個章節我也很享受
每個樂器的總和
就是一篇生命的樂章

/泛音獨唱
某個下午,馬克為大家唱歌
坐著,躺著自由
本來是陰天的午後
在一段泛音的旋律不斷繚繞時
我聽見的都是天使的聲音
此時
窗外金色陽光透進粉色的窗簾裡
天使光溫柔的灑在馬克身上發亮
那一個畫面我來不及拍照
但映在我腦海
我全身細胞都在舞蹈

/八部合音
每個人的聲音都好獨特好聽
曙芳的聲音裡有老靈魂的歌唱
想起她的守護靈老奶奶還有愛
輪到發踢卡時
是花神在唱歌吧!!!
清晰亮麗好感動
輪到我的時候,腦袋原本想運作
後來告訴自己算了
讓聲音是什麼就是什麼
雖然知道我聲音都沒到要去的地方
我的聲音之神都在幫我找音階
去了好幾個半音
後來才去到該去的地方
我也是可以說
那是我精準的控制我的半音啦(撥瀏海~

 

經過三天的玩耍
很鬆很慢也很奇妙的身體各種痠
沒意料只是出聲音而已
身體就有各種拉扯
但記得馨勻說的很好
(可我忘記她具體說什麼了XD)
但她說完我就一陣恍然
拉拉也分享了馬克在機械噪音裡
找出它規律的節奏
讓噪音不只是噪音

 

三天收穫很多,
也許我是還在餘震之中再慢慢感受
唯一最明白自己的部份
大概就是我還沒那麼放鬆自己吧
畢竟聲音對我來說太陌生
但經過這些過程
更能丟掉小時候對聲音的既定印象
聲音的顏色如此寬廣無限
告訴自己,就是玩,去玩吧!

聲音瑜伽,是瑜伽也是即興
祂不止是聲音,
是能讓心、靈與身體的合一

謝謝Yu Chih Lin帶我池上玩
謝謝Xiaoying Ye聲音的連結
謝謝Jackal Mei意志的邀約XD
謝謝Mark Van Tongeren
帶領著經驗自己的不可思議
讓我在這場聲音之旅中如此盡興…

#課後筆記
#聲音瑜伽
#樂吉昇天
#已被圈粉
#很好玩還要再玩

 

Autotranslation of the Chinese text.

 

/ sound yoga

Because there are always many good friends around me, then put into a path. at the beginning, the leaves share the voice with me, and let me plant seeds in my heart…
So recently, I went to experience a sound yoga,
The teacher who taught is the mark of the pan-Yin.
I love his selfless and loving sharing
And take care and feel every one of us
When the first class said
The voices made here are all about the moment.
There is no bad right or wrong, every voice is right…
Let me feel free to feel at ease
First night
Mark is very natural to mix everyone’s voices together in space, let each other’s strange partner, quickly flowing, just two hours, my whole body is dancing.

/ breathing practice
A lot of things to feel in this practice,
I am also practicing to practice the feeling
Where to breathe, where to go, expand or shrink…
Never thought about what happened so naturally,
But these two recent courses are reminding this thing, that is the moment.

/ vowel triangle
Love to play with the vowel triangle
But I will find myself very short in this,
Will also want to work with other people
Make your own rhythm between perfection and coordination
Oh ~ suck ~
Oh ~ Ah ~ one

/ the ocean of sound
With the imitation of a natural voice,
Let your voice be thrown into the ocean
The Forest, the pond, the water, the swamp, the swamp, the sky, everything, the sound of the earth.
Who likes to share quietly, she feels like she’s shiny, so let the voice come out on her own…
So conscious body, I’m still on my way to practice

/ deep listening
Voice together in the outdoors,
Listen to the sound of the space and follow
Listen to the sound of not, create
In the way.
Made a contemporary music
I love this fusion melody.

/ surprise
Surround a circle and make a few voices with Mark,
Close your eyes and close your eyes
A few sounds without rules
Then slowly,
Mark puts the nissan into the circle
Close your eyes in the circle and enjoy the melody
Mark is singing faster and faster
Getting more and more specific
Starting to find something wrong
Open your eyes and look at mark
He smiled at me
She has already learned it early.
Yes, it’s really what I thought
The students laugh at one after one.
Mulberry finally realized the chú le of this party
I am in tears to accept everyone’s singing
This moment is so touching
So beautiful ~ so beautiful ~

/ Winter Solstice Lights out
Surround the candles with a peaceful night, close your eyes with the feeling of stars, the sound of nature that surround us, like the stars that have fallen in the grass, the sound of everything.

/ sana ceremony
Classmate Blues on the night for you all the night
First experience ceremony, the sana drum burst out my whole body current, under the protection of the guardian spirit, I felt the process, the jungle, the speed, the dark spin, then the snake that came out, finally let myself slowly pull away, see one Deer stop
Lithuania was called by the drum of the drum to run
It also dance, the whole field, sitting or moving.
Every world, fantasy world ~

/ vowel
I am deeply aware of my voice.
Where did the sound go in the resonance body?
Mark said
Where the body and the sound will be resonance
But but
Ideas can also let the voice go where you want him to go
At the end everyone’s voice shakes,
All have different discoveries
This makes me think the voice is so funny
Everyone’s body feels so unique

/ breathing rhythm
The difference in the length of breathing,
Can also be a beautiful song
I’m enjoying this chapter too
The sum of each instrument
It’s a movement of life.

/ Pan-voice solo
One afternoon mark singing for everyone
Sitting and lying free
It was a cloudy afternoon.
While a pan-Tone Melody keeps on the these
All I hear is the voice of an angel
Right now
The Golden sunshine outside the window goes through the pink curtains
Angel Light gentle on mark
I didn’t have time to take pictures of that one
But in my mind
My whole body is dancing

/ eight sound
Everyone’s voice is so unique and nice
There is the singing of the old soul in the voice of the old soul
Thinking of her guardian spirit grandma and love
It’s my turn to kick the card.
Is the flower God singing!!!
Clear and beautiful, so touching
When it was my turn, my head wanted to work
Later I told myself to forget it
What makes the voice is what is
Even though I know my voice is not even where I’m going
My Voice God is helping me find the level
Went for a couple of semitone
I just went to the place where I should go.
I can say too
That’s my precision in control of my semitone (allocated ~

After three days of playing
Very Loose, slow and amazing body all kinds of sour
I didn’t expect it. It was just a voice.
The body has all kinds of pull
But remember that Xin Xin said very well
(but I forgot what she said XD)
But after she said, I just had a moment.
Lala also shared mark in mechanical noise
Find out the rhythm of its regular rhythm
Make noise not just noise

Harvest a lot in three days,
Maybe I’m still in the aftershocks and feel slowly
The only part that knows what I know most
Probably I’m not that relaxing myself yet
The voice is too strange to me after all
But after these process
It’s better to lose the established impression of the voice in my childhood
The Color of the voice is so wide and infinite
Tell yourself, it’s just to play, go play!

Sound Yoga is yoga and impromptu
He is more than a voice,
Is the one that makes the heart, spirit and body

Thank you Yu Chih Lin for taking me on the pool
Thank you Xiaoying Ye for the link
Thank you Jackal Mei for the invitation XD
Thanks Mark Van Tongeren
Leading the experience of my experience
Had me so much fun on this sound tour…

 

 

Late 2019 Hong Kong workshops cancelled

Due to all the uncertainties in Hong Kong, the Soundtherapy Hong Kong team decided it is not a good time to run my regular Hong Kong workshop Outer Voice – Inner Voice. So we cancel the workshop. Here is the original post with announcement and some photos from the workshops 2014-2018.

If you want to learn overtone singing with me but do not need a Chinese translation, then the workshops in Hong Kong may be something for you. Most workshops in Taiwan are with translation, which means we lose some time for interpretation. This November workshop in Hong Kong is the next opportunity to do an English-only workshop, other opportunities in Winter and Spring 2020 will be announced here soon.

(Link to Chinese version)

 

First workshop location in Hong Kong, 2014

I have had such fantastic experiences during the Hong Kong workshops over the past six years and would like to look back through some photos. The first workshop I did was during the Umbrella Revolution in 2014 – though the umbrellas you see in the first photo were not related to the protest. The previous visit (late 2018) was just days after a violent typhoon struck Hong Kong, locking people in their homes with the wind bashing on their windows and rains creeping in through the windowposts. On the beach (last photo) we found the remains of shops that were completely destroyed. In between you will find mostly happier moments shared with students and Jennifer and Jasmine. And at the bottom my ‘Courage!’ statement for the many friends in Hong Kong.

 

With Jasmine Hui of Soundtherapy Hong Kong at the workshop location, a comix and animation center.

 

The fantastic Soundtherapy Hong Kong team and me have revamped the annual Outer Voice ~ Inner Voice workshop to make it a bit more accessible and diverse. At the same time old students will find some new themes to progress further in their exploration of overtone singing and the endless possibilities of the colours of the human voice.

 

The general idea is for starters to come to Part One ~ Outer Voice (day one) and from there to continue with Part Two ~ Inner Voice (day two and three). Old students can directly come to Part Two ~ Inner Voice, if they wish. Within these two blocks there are still six  themes to chose from – or you can do them all.

 

PART I ~ OUTER VOICE

THE RESONATING BODY

DAY 1. SOUND IS MOVEMENT

Session 1. Breath, Prana & Movement

Breath is one process in the totality of prana / life force, and the one that drives our vocal sound too. We slowly build up our vocal practise from the breath and from movements. From relaxation we start a journey to learn new ways of sounding and moving. Familiar, everyday patterns become tools for transformation. Plenty of group chanting and toning, too.

Session 2.        Sounds and music to lose and find yourself

We continue our exploration by shaking up things a bit more. Going wild and extreme one moment, contemplating sound and self another. Focus and un-focus. By doing less than we normally do, we notice more. We return to a primary knowledge that sits at the centre of the body-mind-division: sonic phenomenology. Musical games/meditations/dances. Serious fun. Anything is possible, and nothing too!

 

Projecting vowels into the body

 

PART II. INNER VOICE

INTO THE HEART OF SOUND

 

DAY 2. THE HARMONIC UNIVERSE

Session 3. Cosmic Listening

After some energising Voice Yoga we dive into the subtler realms of vowels, resonance and overtones. You take your first steps in The Art of Listening 2.0. Break through your habitual patterns of sounding and hearing. Expand your awareness of voice physiology. Cosmic listening to overtone singing with the sruti box and hear your own harmonics. Getting back to the more vigorous shake-ups of the day before whenever needed.

Session 4. Your Voice, Your Resonance, Your life

Overtone singing is not easy and pursuing mere technique in itself can be a burden. Armed with new understandings and experiences of the hidden dimensions of the human voice, we ask ourselves where we want to go with it. How do you resonate? What makes your voice unique? Love it or hate it? Every voice and every path is different. Pushing our vocal limits, we collectively embrace failure. And return to soothing vibrant sonic meditations.

 

Holland Street

DAY 3. CREATIVE IMAGINATION as a SOURCE OF LIFE

Session 5. Mantras, Chants and Sound poems

In an age of media technologies we have silenced ourselves and forgotten our ancestors’ songs. Mantras are among the most ancient sound tools around and we can still learn from them. The repetitive vibrations of chants also awake slumbering resonances in our body-mind. Add to that 21st century Sound Poems flavored with overtones and we have a complete palette of tools to revive the lost sonic core of our selves.

Session 6. Paraphony

Paraphony means: there is no such thing as objective sounds. Sound is shaped by your ears, your awareness, your mood … always in flux. In our last session, we throw ourselves into the creative process of making music by and for ourselves and each other. The more we live by our creative impulses—be they noisy and chaotic or contemplative and balanced—the deeper we get to know ourselves and the world around is. Resonating together, we attune ourselves to ever subtler sounds of tones, overtones and elusive acoustic realms. Grasping these phenomena, we manifest our own voice, bring it out in its own unique glory.

 

PART I ~ Session 1 and 2:

Date: 22 Nov 2019 (Fri). Time: 10am – 1pm + 2:30pm – 5:30pm

PART II ~ Session 3 /4 and 5/6: 23-24 Nov 2019 (Sat – Sun), Time: 10am – 5:30pm
To register Session 3-6 (Part II), you’re required to register for either Session 1 or 2 first. Past students can directly register for Part II without taking Session 1 or 2.

Venue (All Sessions): Sound Therapy Hong Kong

For registration go to the Soundtherapy Hong Kong website here and on Facebook.

 

Awaken your potential:

  • –     >    to listen better
  • –     >    to hear and sing the natural overtones in your voice
  • –     >    to understand your inner drives better
  • –     >    to diversify your voice

After this 3 days workshop, you will go home with a renewed sense of self through a fresh look and ‘a fresh ear’ at your voice. You will have a fuller understanding of its complex vibratory mechanisms, and get many new ideas how these operate at the point where body and mind are merged in a greater whole.  You learn techniques to better hear the world around you and inside you. These tools help you to gradually increase your musical/sound awareness, to know what needs to be healed and how to do that.

For whom?

No previous musical or vocal experience is required. Just bring a healthy dosage of curiosity and willingness to explore. The starting point is your own path as a speaker, as a communicator, as a person who enjoys music. Or simply as a human being. This workshop is beneficial for musicians and artists, for healers and therapists, and for anyone looking for more direction, meaning and depth in their lives.

 

 

Improvising theatre director Ho Ying Fung and Wu Wentsui brought me to this fantastic streetperformance in January 2018

Courage, Hong Kong!

It is my sincere wish that Hong Kong remains as much as possible as it is now:

  • a relatively free space within the larger Chinese boundaries
  • a place where Cantonese people with a democratic inclination determine the political, economic, cultural course of their unique region
  • a peaceful and culturally diverse hotspot where people from around the world live and work together without an over-active state apparatus encroaching upon their lives

My prayers go out to my Hong Kong friends and everyone else suffering from the human violence and psychological pressure. I pray too for the perpretators because it is, in my point of view, them who need to find peace of mind more than anyone else.

 

After the violent typhoon of September 2018