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Autumn /Winter Workshops Taiwan

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

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

 

Shruti Days, Taipei, Saturday/Sunday December 2 and 3.

More info from Julie Chiu: chiuconsult@gmail.com

 

Shruti Nights XII

four  dates 4 Tuesday evenings in December and January

 

RESONANCE REATREAT

2×4 days in January and March

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Dulan: Voice Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat

Saturday December 19 – Tuesday December 22

Once again the successful Voice Yoga Retreat. Read more about the previous retreats 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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Saturday December 19 9 AM until Tuesday 22 13:30 PM
Three and a half days of intense explorations of voice and movement for body-mind balance and creative, vibrant well-being.
+ new teaching partner: Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin from Teal Studios
+ meal upgrade:

https://www.facebook.com/XingFarm11
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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!
VOICE YOGA SUMMER 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 December 22th, around 1:30 PM.
Day 1,2,3; 4(half day):
9:00-12:00 Slow meditative warm up, mild to vigorous exercising, toning, noise making. Once again: restorative (half-)sleep/dream.
12:00-14:00 lunch & siësta
14:00-17:00 Guided movement and sound practices, walking meditations, improvisations and more.
17:00-18:30 tea break & rest
18:30-20:00 Moongazing. Sound searching. Mark’s concert. Yours?! Ours!
PLACE
We hold our sessions in Shufang’s Energy Healing, a gorgeous new yoga studio in Dulan, Taidong, isolated from nearby properties so we can make any sound we need to make. The studio has all utilities we need and is fully air-conditioned of course. 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, Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin, 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.
GUEST TEACHING / PARTNER
Teal Studios / Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin
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. Throughout 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 Contact Improvisation and Thai Yoga Message.
Shaun and Hui-Hung will teach a one-hour block of contact impro every day of the workshop.
PRICES
Regular: 22.500 NT$
Students who joined one year or more of Voice Yoga or the first Retreat , the RESONANCE course or multiple Sound Journeys:
– 25 % (17.250 NT$) (sign up before Oct 20)
– 10 % (20.400 NT$) (after Oct 20)
Bring a friend:
– 1000 NT$ for both (cannot be combined with 25% discount)
CANCELLATION POLICY
If you cannot make it for some reason, we will always keep 10 % admin fees. For cancellation within 4 weeks up to the start of the event , we retain the right to keep 50 % from the total fee. Within 2 weeks up until the starting date, 80%. If you find a new replacement student we will refund except admin fees.
INCLUDED:
+ Tuition
+ All lunches and diners from Saturday till Tuesday lunch
NOT INCLUDED
– Transport to Dulan
– Lodging
CONTACT INFO:
JACKAL MEI:
Phone: 0936596910
Mail jackallala@gmail.com
LINE: Jackallala
SUNNY CHEN
Phone: 0912024285
Mail ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com
LINE: soleilc77
Mark, in English only:
mark@fusica.nl
Phone 0910382749
LINE: 0910382749
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

 

 

 

 

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2020 聲音瑜珈: 冬至 療癒假期
VOICE YOGA Winter Solstice Retreat
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今年冬至,來參與這個最短的日/ 最長的夜的團體慶典,
季節由黑暗轉向光明,而我們能夠順從這個自然的時光推移嗎?
3天半的時間 / 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。
/活動新亮點/
+ 共同授課師資: 青舎 (藝術舞蹈教育工作室)~
Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin 【接觸即興 + 泰式瑜伽按摩】
+ 升級餐點: 天牛教授的魔法廚房
【日期】12/19(六) 9:00 ~ 12/22 (二)13:30
【課程地點】台東都蘭。
光之屋(王曙芳 能量屋): 都蘭新社30-18號
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聲音瑜珈是個動態的團體過程,學員超越自我的慣性跟期望。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。
透過瑜珈等身體訓練的方式,我們回到自己的身體,並且跟各式各樣的聲音工作,不去強調所謂「美麗的聲音」。聲音幫助我們超越日常的主體-客體跟身-心的二元對立,讓我們的下意識的自我跟理性之外的情感開始浮現。團體工作的過程好像是一面鏡子,讓我們每個人都「看見」自己,聆聽我們心底、靈魂的存在。
【聲音瑜伽是什麼?】
Mark的聲音瑜珈系統/課程,已經經過了8年的課程推廣與實踐。聲音瑜珈是Mark融合他在藝術創造、聲音表現、瑜珈練習、哲思傳統的30年經驗的系統。
聲音瑜珈不是我們所熟知的身心運動,也不是日常常聽的音樂、歌唱。它結合了音樂、聲音、戲劇、哲思跟肢體藝術的領域,是Mark個人經驗的藝術綜合體。Mark特殊的綜合能力及視野使得每個活動都有種特殊的流、律動。身體訓練與難忘(但無法被重複的)音樂創造結合、呼吸練習轉化成為接觸即興、聲音即興演化為類劇場表演。
不管你是音樂家、瑜珈老師、舞者、演員,或是對透過探索聲音、身體以及心靈之關聯以追尋自我成長的人, 我們相信療癒假期會是個讓你充電的好機會。
用聲音瑜珈來找到自己的力量吧!
【對象】
任何人都可以參加,不限瑜珈經驗或音樂訓練。發出聲音是種找出動作跟聲音, 聲音音高跟身體震動之間連結的練習,而不是廣義上的瑜珈。課程的重點不是瑜珈練習,而是發出聲音,感覺音調跟身體的震動。我們希望營造包容並接納差異的工作氛圍。我們會確保不同肢體程度、心理階段、音樂訓練以及正在發展身心靈各面向的學員可以在安全,全然被支持的環境下成長並探索。我們會盡其所能來帶領每個獨特的學員。而如果有些練習對你來說太挑戰了,你可以選擇作為觀察者,或是選擇以另一個形式來參與。
【開課人數】:最少8人,最多16人。
【語言】: 英文+中文(全程翻譯)
【日期】
日期: 12/19(六) 9:00 開始~
12/22 (二) 午餐後約13:30結束
【日程】 (第四天午餐後就結束)
9:00-12:00 [聲音瑜珈 療癒假期 簡介]- 呼吸練習,音調共鳴, 自由即興。半夢半醒歌唱圈: 沉浸式聆聽/ 深度睡眠聲音按摩。
12:00-14:00 午餐 & 午睡
14:00-17:00 [動作與聲音練習]- 走路冥想,結構式即興及其他。
17:00-18:30 下午茶 & 休息
18:30-20:00 [晚間練習]- 動態聲音冥想
【課程地點】
台東都蘭。台東光之屋(王曙芳 能量屋): 都蘭新社30-18號
【住宿】
請自行選擇都蘭民宿
填報名表後說明推薦名單及相關資訊
【費用】
原價:22,500
舊生價,(聲音瑜珈: 療癒假期,一年以上聲音瑜珈舊生, 共鳴、聲音旅程: 總共參加達5個整天時數的學員可享舊生價)
75折: (17.250 NT$) (10/20前報名)
9折: (20.400 NT$) (10/20之後報名)
兩人同行/三人同行: 每人折扣1000元 唯75折學員不可再折抵
包含:
*學費
*7餐的伙食(六) (日) (一): 午、晚餐,(二)午餐
*保險
不包含:
* 交通
* 住宿
【取消報名】
取消報名收取10%行政費。課程前一個月取消報名,主辦方將保留50%費用;課程前兩週取消,,主辦方將保留80%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。
【我們的團隊】
帶領者: Mark Van Tongeren
合作帶領者: 青舎 (藝術舞蹈教育工作室)~ Shaun Roos & Hui-Hung Lin
翻譯: Sunny Chen—課程資訊
活動規劃兼攝影: Jackal Mei—負責報名和課程資訊
場地主人: 王曙芳 能量屋
【好奇嗎?請來電或來信了解詳情】
報名: Jackal Mei, jackallala@gmail.com /lineID:Jackallala /0936596910
中文: 陳亮伃,ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com / lineID: soleilc77 /0912024285
英文: Mark van Tongeren , info@fusica.nl /0910382749
聲音瑜伽 在台北的日常開班時間
【聲音瑜伽,到底是什麼?歡迎來上課體驗】
★時間: 每週四早上10:15~12:15,滿4人開班
★地點:《肯園香氣私塾教室》,近捷運科技大樓站
台北市復興南路二段151巷3號4樓 。
★費用:單堂400,4堂1500
★報名:請私訊,詢問當週是否會開課。
☆內容和概念,活動頁面:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2342349959402863/

 

 

 

 

 

Shruti Nights XII

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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.

DECEMBER 8 and 29, January 12 + 26

 

PLACE

Canjune Training Center

4F, #3 , Lane 151, Fuxing S Rd. Sec. 2., Daan, Taipei

 

The Canjune Training Center is a 10 minute walk from MRT Technology Building, and 12 minutes from MRT Daan.

Language: English with Chinese translation.

 

PRICE

Regular: 4 lessons 4000 NT$

Discount: 4 lessons 3600 NT$. Those who bought (or buy) a shruti box from Mark, (old) Resonance students/ Shruti Night regulars (more than 6 months) / Student Identity Card holders and seniors (bring your ID) (請出示學生證).

 

PAYMENT

Payment upon registration by bank or Paypal.

Bank information:

Bank code: 822.

Name of bank: China Trust

Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren

Account number: 163540306745

Make sure to send an email after your payment. We will confirm reception in a few days time.

AVAILABLE NOW! NEW SHRUTI BOXES !!

After a long wait because of Covid 19, our supplier in India finally sent a new batch of shruti boxes, which has just arrived.

The shruti box can be used for all kinds of purposes: playing for yourself or with others, learning more about musical structure and harmony, or free play.

 

REGISTER & INFO

In Mandarin: m10531001@gmcc.tnua.edu.tw

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

 

 

MIAOLI: RESONANCE RETREAT

8- DAY

R E S O N A N C E

INTENSIVE

MIAOLI

 

with mark van tongeren

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODULE 1 :  4 DAYS. OUTER VOICE – INNER VOICE

Connecting body sound and mind.

January 16-19 (4 days) 2021

 

Day 1   Morning                   Forget everyting! Make a fresh start!

Voice-yoga: warm-up meditations, breathing, listening, resonance, vowels.

Unlearning: excercises to forget what you thought you knew about music, sound and voice.

 

Day 1   Afternoon                Ear-cleaning & Expanding your Hearing

We have become deaf due to noise pollution and sensory overload.

But we can also learn to hear more than most humans ever heard before. Includes Overtone singing exercise (1).

 

Day 2   Morning                   Music/sound and the body.

Voice-yoga: warm-up meditations, breathing, listening, resonance, vowels.

Ocean exercise: making sounds without boundaries. Re-discover things your body knew, but that you were unaware off.

 

Day 2   Afternoon.               Sound and vibration as tools to go into yourself.

Experiencing yourself/the other through the sense of sound.

Understanding the path of discovery: part searching, part non-doing. Overtone singing exercise (2) en (3).

 

Day 3   Morning.                   Understanding overtones, the DNA of sound

Overtones are in a way the original harmony, underlying every other musical and non-musical harmony.

You yourself cannot change your DNA, but you can get creative with the DNA of all sounds. Includes seeing your voice (#1).

 

Day 3   Afternoon.               Harmonics as/in healing and therapy.

From shamanic wisdom to detox and emotional catharsis. Plenty of group chanting. Confronting fear, developing self-confidence. Sing for yourself. Sing for someone else. Sing together.

 

Day 4   Morning & Afternoon.           Balancing Inner Voice < — >  Outer Voice

How to let the body speak (and tune down the mind) while gaining a deeper understanding (knowledge, intuition) using the physicality of voice and hearing? We exploring questions such as: (1) How can you connect deeper with yourself using your voice? (2) What should the sounds you make be like? (3) What can these sounds tell you, and what can others hear in your voice? And what is the role of silence?

 


 

 

MODULE 2 :  4 DAYS.         BODY MIND AND BEYOND

Spiritual practices, brought back to earth. Channel your beliefs into sonic patterns.

March 20-23 (4 days) 2021

 

Day 1   Morning                   Breath, Prana & Movement

Prana is the beginning of life force. Breath is one such process, and the one that happens to drive our vocal sound too. Workshop practices will target to develop your voice to be a powerful tool for relaxation and transformation, depending on how we use it.

Bringing the ideas and practices from Module One back to life and reviewing your personal development together.

 

Day 1   Afternoon                Technical work

Return to the technical challenges of good resonance, balance of body-mind exercise and good overtone singing skills.

The basis of resonance is hard, concentrated work and a clear understanding of physical and mental processes.

Solid practice to build on during the following days. Seeing your voice (#2).

 

Day 2   Morning                   Spiritual practices and sounds. Christianity.

Immerse yourself in the grand ideas of Christianity and its lyrical musical legacy.

What are Christian songs and styles in the context of overtone singing?

 

Day 2   Afternoon.               Spiritual practices and sounds. Buddhism.

Immerse yourself in the grand ideas of Buddhism and its esoteric musical legacy.

Buddhist chanting and vocal style in the context of overtone singing.

 

Day 3   Morning                   Spiritual practices and sounds: more ancient, more new.

What can we learn from Tuvan people about animism and shamanism.

What from new personal visions such as the one of Michael Vetter?

 

Day 3   Afternoon                Create new spiritual practices and sounds.

Do we need an -ism or a religion? What do we find in music itself? What do we find in ourselves?

Can we take up sound and vibration as tools to go beyond yourself? How? What tools do we need?

 

Day 4   Morning & Afternoon. Quintessence of science sound and self

Bring back the big picture of it all to peacemeal action. Do you follow basic techniques or develop a unique voice of your own?  Can you ‘Catch the spirit of the moment?’ Do you like to create a slow ritual? Today every voice will find a place as we all create a final piece about Sound at the Centre of the Universe. Group sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

I do not heal. I restore the harmony

Joska Soos, 1985

 

 

With Hungarian shaman and sound practitioner Joska Soos

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

The course will be conducted in English. Our interpreter Sunny Chen will be present to summarise or translate entire parts of the course into Mandarin, depending on the needs.

 

SESSION TIMES

Breakfast

Morning sessions: 9:30-12:30

Lunch

Afternoon sessions: 14:30-16:60 + 17:00-18:00.

Diner

Evenings are for resting, self practise, jamming…

 

PLACE

Miaoli, details to be announced.

 

REQUIREMENTS

No previous musical experience is required. For students who have already done one or more workshops of overtone singing there will still be plenty to learn. If you are in doubt contact us with your questions.

 

PRICES

Write us for pricing and registration inquiries.

Included:

  • Tuition
  • Lodging onsite in Miaoli
  • Alll meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 up to and including xxx on Day 4 of both modules..

Not included:

  • Transport to the retreat in Miaoli.
  • Please bring some instruments of your own.
  • It is also possible to pre-order a shruti box or Jew’s harps from Mark to help your own practice during and after the workshop.

REGISTER

Link. 

 

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

To ensure that each student gets personal guidance, there is a maximum of 15 participants.

OUR TEAM
This workshop is brought to you by Mark van Tongeren, Nancy Pune (organiser) and Sunny Chen (translator, organisor). For any questions about the contents in English ask Mark, in Chinese, ask Sunny or Nancy. For registration, lodging and food details ask Sunny. For contact info see below.

YOUR GUIDE

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 all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 30 years, often combined with contemplative practises (meditation, pranayama, yoga).

CONTACT INFO

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

NANCY PUNE:

Phone 0934-031-389

 

MARK VAN TONGEREN:
mark@fusica.nl
Phone 0910382749
LINE: 0910382749

 

 

 

 

 

The world is not for beholding; it is made for hearing.

Jacques Attali, Noise, 1977

 

  

 

ON SALE : Overtone Singing Book + CD

 now  € 15,-  ( instead  of  € 30)

US$ 17,50  (instead of US$ 35)

 

and more than 50% off for the hardcover version

now € 20,- (instead of € 42,50)

US$ 22,50  (instead of US$ 5o)

 

a  book + CD for the price of a CD!!!

 

There are some copies left of the second edition and we are now selling them out at half price, even though the 2004 edition is already a Collector’s Item!

Read all about the book and the CD on this page.

 

How to order?

We are back working with one of our original distributors, subdist.com in Amsterdam. Just click here to visit their site and place your order for Europe and the USA. If there are any problems, read on below.

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Below: the special hardcover edition (pictured with the CD in the back). Both paperback and hardcover are printed with high quality print (paper/binding) that will last another century.

 

 

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BOOK SUMMARY:
In Overtone Singing, ethnomusicologist and singer Mark van Tongeren provides a fascinating insight into the timeless and universal aspects of sound and vibration. Grounded in a decade-long study of Asian music, he draws upon various fieldwork experiences, interviews with eastern and western musicians, in addition to the work of numerous scholars. He presents a multidisciplinary vision on sound that runs from World and contemporary music to the science of acoustics and perception, to music philosophy and the spiritual dimensions of music. Written in a non-technical style, this book and accompanying audio CD are indispensable guides to musicians, listeners and music specialists seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of the human voice, sound and overtones.

 

 

More information?

Read all about the book and the CD on this page.

 

 

 

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

Catching up with Tran Quang Hai

The most prolific researcher in the field of overtone singing is a man with many faces. His name is Tran Quang Hai and you can call him (and all options are correct): Vietnamese or French; a professional musician or a professional musicologist; an instrumentalist or a singer; an improviser or a composer; a traditional, a popular or an experimental musician (all three will do); an expert in Vietnamese traditional musics and an astute chronicler of its year-to-year development in the past decades.* Tran Quang Hai has a new book out celebrating his 50 years of music research in many different areas. We recently met in Paris, where he shared some interesting facts about the Vietnamese Jew’s harp (dan moi) I did not know before. On the trip back to Amsterdam I read most of the articles in his book that I had not seen before, so more on that too. Before talking about our meeting, his book and the origin of the word dan moi (Jew’s harp), some historical background. Since Hai is Tran Quang Hai’s first name I will refer to him as Hai.

I learned of Hai’s work on overtone singing in the early 1990s. When I got to know him personally, I was astounded and (I will admit) a bit intimidated by his unbridled energy. He loves to share what he does, and he is in fact overflowing with enthusiasm: for overtone singing, for Vietnamese music, for playing the Jew’s harp and spoons, for ethnomusicology, for his constant travels as a performer and teacher. After my visits I was usually exhilirated (about all the new things I had learned or shared with him) and at the same time exhausted (feeling my life was a mess with no progress at all).

 

In fact, going to Paris has been almost synonymous with visiting Hai and his lovely wife Bach Yen (whose singing carreer goes way way back). And these visits became almost synonymous with absolutely great Vietnamese food. Bach Yen often spent hours and hours to buy fine ingredients like all kinds of fresh leaves, vegetables, seafood and meat and prepare them the Vietnamese way. We would have excellent diners, drank nice wine, as the couple made an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to different regions in France to stock up on boxes of quality wine to share with friends at home.

After moving to Taiwan, my encounters with Tran Quang Hai were scarce, and visits to both of them even more. In 2019, it has been around ten years since we last met in Paris. So I was delighted to see them again some weeks ago. Tran Quang Hai retired a decade ago from the ethnomusicology department at the Musée de L’Homme in Paris, but has remained an active performer and workshop leader for all these years. Bach Yen is a famous singer of popular songs and entertainment music, as well as a singer of many different genres of traditional music. Together they have given hundreds of concerts in Europe and elsewhere, and they continue to do so. Here is a photo of their appearance in Genoa, Italy, a week or so after I met them.

 

 

Late August, when I walked down the platform of Gare de Lyon, Hai and Bach Yen were waiting for me. Once again I was overwhelmed to be in their buzzing, energetic presence. The first thing they did, was to get out their cameras and make many photos together. Then we strolled to their car, and their warm hands and arms embraced my arms. I sometimes think of myself as someone who easily touches people, but this time I thought I am quite distant compared to them. It was really (excusez le mot) touching to stroll down the platform chatting and to be ‘wrapped’ by their tender hands and arms on both sides. Hai told me once about using his hands to heal people and showed me some methods. But it seems the couple just radiates warmth and energy naturally, even without using a special method.

For our Vietnamese food, this time we drove to a place called Pho Bida, pronounced Fo Beeyaa. Pho is the famous Vietnamese noodle soup, but what about Bida? It turns out to be derived from ‘billiard’, as the former location of this restaurant housed a popular billiard room as well. The place is not very spacious but we were early and could chose any seat. By the time we left lots of people waited outside. The food was great and loved by Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese alike: highly recommended! (Pho Bida Vietnam, 36 rue Nationale, 75013 Paris)

 

Tran Quang Hai’s New Book

When we sat down, Hai gave me his new book, a thick volume with many of his articles and listst of all his achievements, titles, appearances, etc. organized in a single volume. Some articles I have known for a long time. So I particularly enjoyed reading those things I did not know in detail.

First, an article about Vietnamese music and its historical background, very helpful for understanding the relationship to Chinese music and culture. It also covers many of the recent developments in Vietnamese music, making it in effect a kind of encyclopaedic entry into Vietnam and all its music. With this work Hai most clearly follows in the footsteps of his late father Tran Van Khe, also a well-known musician and musicologist.

 

“Tran Quang Hai. 50 Years of Research in Vietnamese Traditional Music and Overtone Singing.”

Second, an article that accompanied a double CD issued in France in 1997, dedicated to the absolutely fascinating world of mountain tribe musics in Vietnam. There is a dazzling array of types of instruments and ways of playing, and these liner notes give a good overview of this field.

 

 

 

If you are interested in overtone singing and still love printed matter, as I do myself, then this is a good way to get your (physical) hands on several key articles on this technique by Dr. Tran Quang Hai and understand the background of his research. (Note for academic readers: for research purposes it is better to consult online pdfs of the articles in their original format). Available here.

 

 

Tran Quang Hai and the Dan Moi

During our lunch I also learned where the common name of the Vietnamese brass Jew’s harp comes from. It is usually referred to as dan moi, which is a Vietnamese word (compare for example dan tranh/đàn tranh, the plucked zither, or the unique one-string zither dan bau/đàn bầu). However, the thin, finely crafted Jew’s harp, probably smaller than any other type of Jew’s harp, originates from the mountain tribes who live close to Yunnan in South China. The Hmong’s native language and culture has little to do with that of the dominant Viet or Kinh ethnic group, who are historically tied to China. When travelling in the mountains in North Vietnam (around Sapa), I encountered the Hmong people who play this instrument and managed to get one made locally by their craftsmen. They referred to it as gya, phonetically speaking, though in writing it is referred to as djam. A personal note from Tran Quang Hai shortly after publishing this post: the Hmong name of the Jew’s harp is ncas (pronounced ncha).

 

The djam I bought in Sapa from girls who played the instrument along the mountain road. (photo by the author).

 

So I asked Hai how the name dan moi came about. He explained: there is no Jew’s harp in the music of the ethnic Vietnamese. So when he learned about the traditions of the mountain people around 50 years ago, he had to make up a new name himself in order to accommodate the minorities’ instrument in the system and language of Vietnam. To use ‘dan’ (meaning ‘instrument’) was an obvious beginning point. Hai decided to add ‘moi’ for lips, to designate it is played between the lips. Most brass or metal Jew’s harps are held against the teeth, with the lamella vibrating between the teeth; the dan moi is held between the lips and vibrates there. In this sense it is more like a type of wooden or bamboo Jew’s harp, particularly the ones vibrated by a string attached to one side.

 

A Hmong girl playing the djam for me in 2003 (photo by the author).

The dan moi went on to become a very popular instrument around the world once non-Vietnamese musicians discovered them, at the turn of the millenium. Many people asked me for it when I brought them back in 2003. I remember giving one to Tuvan throat singer Sainkho around 2004. She immediately fell for its bright sound and expressive qualities, and asked for more several times after (and so did other people). At the same time, a German company saw the potential of this cheap instrument to reach a huge audience and set up (web)shop, calling it www.danmoi.com. It has a become a one-stop shop to buy all kinds of Jew’s harps. So dan moi, Hai’s new name for the djham, a minority instrument, and for Jew’s harps in general, now has become sort of a symbol of 21st century global Jew’s harp culture. And it seems to be growing year by year: here in Taiwan I have seen many new Jew’s harp enthusiasts taking the stages recently, often sporting a collection of world Jew’s harps, including, of course, the dan moi.

Here is a video where you see the movement of the dan moi lamella in slow motion, played by Hai’s student Dang Khai Nguyen.

Learn more about Tran Quang Hai

Hai is still actively teaching, find out where his next workshops are by going to his blog:

https://tranquanghaisworldthroatsinging.com

(the blog itself amounts to a ‘wikipedia’ of sorts for throat/overtone singing, where you will find a huge amount o copies of scientific and popular articles, videos, and indeed copies of wikipedia entries, as well as some original posts about Hai’s workshops and travels).

Go here to find more entries in English and in Vietnamese:

https://tranquanghai1944.com

https://tranvankhe-tranquanghai.com

 

And for more news from Fusica and Mark van Tongeren subscribe to these blogposts here.

 

Finally, back to some Asian flavour, but East-Asian instead of the South-East Asian of Hai’s origins. Here is a hilarious video from the time Hai was flown into Japan to demonstrate overtone/throat singing in a hypertheatrical popular entertainment program.


TRAN QUANG HAI on JAPANESE TELEVISION, part 2, December 26, 2012

 

 

* OK, for this one I have no way to tell if it is true, but Hai does mention in his new book (page  32) that he wrote “more than 500 articles in Vietnamese for 30 Vietnamese magazines in America, Europe, Asia and Australia.”

 

 

Can I sing sygyt for one minute without taking a breath?

Today I tried out something I do a few times a year: take a deep breath and see how long I can sing. Well, this time I just tried to sing for one minute, not as long as possible. The best technique to use for this is either khöömei or sygyt as it automatically constricts the throat and inhibits the airflow.

It is trivial, I know, but it is a good exercise for the lungs, diaphragm and the entire respiratory system. The other challenge is to make some musical sense. The throat singing is far from perfect (some of the overtones should not be there) but I decided to share it anyway as an example of some of the things I practise.

 

 

Advanced workshop Overtone Singing

WORKSHOP CONTENT
This 2,5 day workshop is for students familiar with the basic overtone singing techniques and who want to improve their technical skills, explore new possibilities and just have fun singing together.

The emphasis is on three themes:
1) getting out clearer individual overtones
2) creating duo and trio pieces with overtones using Mark’s ZERO method.
3) creating other choral pieces

Besides the technical and creative side of overtone singing, we spend time on voice-building, particularly to warm-up and refresh the singing body. Throat singing is not part of this workshop.

We have two days plus two evenings of singing and playing. A great opportunity to catch up with your overtone technique and enjoy singing together.

We are staying in Hui Mei’s BNB/camping, already familiar to several Resonators. You can only stay overnight in shared rooms (two or four people in one room). A tent is also possible, though… Rooms and food are included in the price.

VIDEO LINK
Watch a video of the Superstringtrio singing overtones using the ZERO cycle (0…) developed by Mark here:

https://vimeo.com/64866998

FOR WHOM
– students who have done the RESONANCE yeargroup with Mark
– those who have done several workshops of overtone singing with Mark or someone else
– anyone familiar with the basic techniques such as NG/1 cavity and RR/2 cavities and able to sing them.

Newcomers to overtone singing are referred to the 2-day Beginners workshop Overtone Singing in March in Taipei. Only exceptionally talented students qualify for joining this workshop after the beginners’ workshop, if they wish to.

WHAT YOU NEED
You can bring your own sruti box, drum, guitar or Jew’s harp for a joint improv session, but this is not necessary. Just your voice will do! Resonance students please bring the older pieces you like to sing so we can repeat some sogs you are already familiar with.
Other things like sleeping bags we will tell you after registration.

DATES & TIMES
Start time: Friday April 19, 7 PM with diner, (arrival may be earlier)
Finish time: Sunday April 21, 4 PM

PLACE
Puli, Hui Mei’s place.

PRICES
Normal price: 10.500 NT$
RESONANCE students: 9.500 NT$
Students/seniors with ID card: 8.800 NT$

INCLUDED
– Tuition fee
– Shared rooming 2 nights (same for 2/4 persons)
– All meals (Friday diner up to and including Sunday lunch)
(if you have special request please let us know)
– Insurance

NOT INCLUDED
– Transport to Puli

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 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts.

REGISTER & INFO
You can register by sending an email to info@fusica.nl and transfering a downpayment of 25% of the workshop fee.
If you want to stay in a room with someone specific, please let us know on the form/by mail.

For your questions (please check all the info in this announcement first!), you can ask Mark or Sunny.
In English: mark@fusica.nl / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49
中文: ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com / lineID: soleilc77 陳亮伃

PAYMENT
Payment upon registration by bank or Paypal.
Bank code: 822.
Name of bank: China Trust
Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren
Account number: 163540306745
Make sure to send an email when you have actually made your payment. We will confirm reception in a few days time.

PLEASE CHECK OUT OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AS WELL!
Overtone Singing – beginners (March 23-24 2019)
Jew’s Harp playing (probably May 18 or 19, Taipei, to be confirmed)
Sound Journey: Catch the Spirit of the Moment (Impro). (probably June 7-8-9, to be confirmed)

Check the Fusica Calendar.

See the Facebook Page.

 

Beginners Workshop Overtone Singing

For English scroll down.

【2019 泛音初階工作坊】

〔課程內容〕
3月23到24日,星期六跟星期日,我會帶領一個兩天的泛音歌唱工作坊,給想學習泛音歌唱技巧的人。這個工作坊對所有人開放,不限音樂知識或歌唱經驗。

這個工作坊給音樂家及非音樂家的介紹課程。其內容包含了暖身運動以發展身體、心靈以及聲音的覺知,還有自然人聲共鳴的探索的基本技巧。接下來,我們會開始學習音泛音歌唱的技巧。

我們也會聆聽以及嘗試不同的泛音歌唱技巧。結合所有人的聲音來嘗試簡單直覺性的聲音架構,以及編曲概念。

當然,想要在一兩天內學會泛音歌唱是不可能的(雖然坊間很多宣稱可以馬上學會的廣告)。不過在兩天的工作坊中,你可以感受跟理解歌手要如何唱出清楚的泛音,透過現場感受聲音而增進聽力的細膩度,你也可以開始探索你未來可能想持續探索的歌唱方式、聲音。親身經歷,現場感受對於熟悉泛音(人類聲音的一個面向之一)非常重要。

 

每位參與者也會得到老師的個別指導,以了解自己的聲音與如何開始增進泛音技巧。

課程語言為英文,加上中文翻譯。

【日期】: 3/23 (六)、3/24 (日)

【時間】: 10:00-17:00 (中間午休一小時)

【學費】: 新台幣4500元

【折扣1】: 兩人同行8000元 (原價為9000元)

【折扣2】: 學生或不富裕的藝術家 原價75折 (3375元)

【地點】: 陽明山

 

〔心得分享〕

〔心得分享〕
馬克老師的泛唱,一點也不美聲,即使他可以輕易地呈現雲端般的夢幻…
他的聲音超越了美,對我而言,那是真實,包容了好聽 及無法定義的奇幻!
就像生命,不是只有追求完美與巔峰。
生命從磨練裡,醞釀甜美….。

有一場演出,馬克老師說: 他一開始發出的聲音{很醜}! 哈~{醜}的聲音?!

像大漠裡枯槁的皮鞭或樑柱,已經被風沙刮得乾澀。
但是就從這又乾又緊的單音裡起飛,聲音拉出了空間和視野,並再次降落…
我在這個過程中十分感動,比對美聲的感動還要多。

大家千萬別誤會,馬克老師曾經在荷蘭女皇面前獻唱,也曾和馬友友合作。
1995年獲頒吐瓦的 《國際喉音泛唱獎》; 2000年出版 Overtone Singing一書。
他是一位樸素的國際級老師,擁有完整專業的喉音泛唱素養。
重要的是: 當你明白馬克是如何對聲音臣服,如何忠於自己的心

我們對聲音的包容與感受,也會大大被感染與擴大!

 

【課程資訊與報名】
好奇嗎?請來電或來信了解詳情

中文: ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com / 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,我們會在幾日內確認細節並與您聯繫。

 

銀行: 中國信託敦南分行(代號:822)

帳號: 163540306745

戶名:MARK CHRISTIAAN VAN TONGEREN

 

【報名表】

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WORKSHOP OVERTONE SINGING for BEGINNERS

On Saturday and Sunday March 23-24, I will teach a two-day overtone singing workshop, for those who want to get to know more about this singing technique. The workshop is open to all who are interested, with or without musical/singing experience.

 

This basic workshop is an introduction to that approach for musicians and non-musicans alike. It includes warm-up exercises to develop attention for body, mind and sound, exploring basic techniques for using the resonances of the natural voice. Then we will start our exploration of overtone techniques.

We will listen to and try more specific techniques for singing harmonics, and combine voices to work with simple, intuitive sound structures and intuitive compositional ideas.

Of course it is not possible to learn overtone singing in two days (despite some claims you find here and there). But you can get a sense of what goes on when singers produce clear overtones, sharpen your hearing in a live, acoustic situation, and get started on something you might want to explore further in the future. To hear this technique live from close by is a very important way to get familiar with this aspect of the human voice.

Every participant will get some personal feedback about his/her voice and how to get started with the technique.

Excerpt from my Overtone Singing book.

 

The workshop is in English with Chinese translation.

  • Dates: Saturday March 23 + Sunday March 24
  • Time: 10:00-17:00 (lunch break 13:00-14:00)
  • Cost: 4500 NT$
  • Bring a friend: pay 8000 instead of 9000 NT$
  • Students, pensioners and poor struggling artists: – 25% (3375 NT$).
  • Place: Artists’ community at Yangminshan, a few kilometers behind National Palace Museum. About 15 minute walk up the mountain, with stairs.

INFO & REGISTRATION

If you don’t read Chinese and are interested to join, or if you have any questions drop me an email (mark@fusica.nl) to get all the details.

Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49

Write to  ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com for info in Mandarin.

REGISTRATION LINK

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PAYMENT

Payment upon registration by bank.

Bank code: 822.

Name of bank: China Trust

Beneficiary: Mark Christiaan van Tongeren

Account number: 163540306745

Make sure to provide the payment details in registration form. We will confirm reception in a few days time.

 

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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.

 

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.”