shruti box

Winter Program Taiwan

Check out all the activities for the coming months.

scroll down for full details in English and Chinese.

 

Live Talk about Latency Project

Saturday October 23, Lin’s Culture Taipei

 

First presentation of new group YiWoYu (invitation only)

October 30, Beitou

 

Concerts with Lee Shih-Yang and Arnaud Lechat

November 13, December 15 Taipei

 

Workshop:  Shruti Days

November 20 + 21, Taipei

 

Shruti Box market

Tuesday November 23, Taipei

 

Sounding Out! concert

November 27, Taipei

 

Concert with Hans de Back in Taichung

Monday December 6, 2:30-4:15, Taichung: Social Innovation Unit

 

Concert: Latency with Oorbeek and Kao Dao Yin

19 december, Wen Shui, Taipei
https://ariealt.home.xs4all.nl/oorbeek/

 

Postponed: Dulan Voice Yoga Retreat

Due to pandemic. Stay tuned for updates.

 

 

 

THE DETAILS PER EVENT

 

Live Talk about Latency Project

Saturday October 23, Lin’s Culture Taipei

Presenting the concert with Oorbeek and Ka Dao Yin on December 19.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/569629994461599/?

 

 

First presentation of new group YiWoYu (invitation only)

This year saw the founding of a new group around the workshop I have led throughout the years. The first concerts were cancelled due to the pandemic, so on October 3o we will hold a small informal presentation in Beitou of the things we have been working on this year.

 

 

 

 

Concerts with Lee Shih-Yang and Arnaud Lechat

Two concerts with a jazz trio with Taiwanese pianist Lee Shih-Yang, sax/clarinet player Arnaud Lechat 貓阿諾 and Dutch vocalist Mark Van Tongeren.

音樂微旅行
2021-11-13(六) 19:30 ~ 21:30

鳴石音樂空間 (台灣台北市仁愛路二段34號5F)
https://www.accupass.com/event/2109010821348705579300

 

 

 

 

Workshop:  Singing and Shruti Days

For those who are busy during the week and prefer weekends, there is a short, two-day workshop

November 20 + 21, Taipei

FB event version: https://www.facebook.com/events/908540519769127/?

Register form: https://forms.gle/XRWgFs8xzf1GP4fP8
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(See English version at the bottom.)
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睽違一年的「印度風琴之日」回來了!
經歷了疫情的衝擊,有諸多活動被迫停擺,終於在年末,我們可以舉辦這個兩日工作坊。歡迎需要實體課釋放聲音的創作力的學員、想要繼續進步自己的即興技巧的學員,一同來參與,一起更上層樓。
適合想要用聲音與旋律表達、與別人深度交流的歌者。
無論你是初心者或是資深歌唱家,都能在這個有機的現場,挖掘到新的事物!
☀去年學長姐的體驗:
「再次享受在音樂的喜悅與自由當中,擁有『發聲』的開心」
「謝謝老師,我不只學會了印度風琴,更學會享受我的聲音。」
「謝謝老師帶我感受印度風琴的美好,與無限的可能。」
꧁ 2021 吟唱與印度風琴工作坊 ꧂ —- 人聲 / 旋律 / 持續長音 —-
探索你的聲音,與印度風琴的陪伴,學習一系列的技巧。
兩天工作坊,
一個傍晚、一個白天,
學習即興旋律的奧義、探索人聲質地,
在印度風琴支持下探索織體架構。
時間:
2021年 11月20日(六)、21日(日)
第一天 ༝ 14:00-21:00
第二天 ༝ 09:30-16:30
(中間皆有含一小時吃飯休息)
地點:
台北  表演36房 4F音樂能量房
文山區木新路二段156之1號
費用與詳細資訊
https://forms.gle/XRWgFs8xzf1GP4fP8
早鳥優惠只到10/31(日),趕快瞭解!
聯絡:
中文 Clémentine
line: meimanghuang
email: starysky1017@gmail.com
English Mark
mark@fusica.nl / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49
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2021
SHRUTI & SINGING DAYS
Vocals, melodies and drones
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Learn to free your voice using a simple drone instrument. The main aim of these two days is to learn to improvise melodies, explore vocal timbres and voice textures with a shruti box. For example: how to invent new motifs and phrases on the spot? How to use different scales (even if you cannot read notes)? How can you combine the voice and shruti box drones? With many demo’s, exercises and your own explorations we will hear and see that vocal improvisations with a drone make you a better musician and more skilled sound explorer.
You will go home with plenty of new ideas and experiences to start or enrich an enjoyable, adventurous singing practise.
* What the shruti box can do for you
* How to use the Shruti box
* How to start exploring your voice, using a drone instrument?
* Working with diffferent timbres and vowels
* What is this kind of singing good for?
* Why reading notes is not necessary to become a good singer
* How to start and develop improvising melodies with a drone?
* Following intuitions. Developing skills
* Seeing through common illusions about music
* Invent new motifs and phrases on the spot
* Where to start when you think you cannot sing?
* How to tap into embodied knowledge that you never use?
* How to become a good listener?
* Develop improvisations together
* Understanding and using basic scales and intervals
Watch a video of Mark playing shruti box here:
https://youtu.be/BhiMamcPuMw?t=1519
FOR WHOM:
– people who feel a lack of creative output
– people looking for a deeper connection with themselves and others
WHAT YOU NEED
Your own shruti box, or you can borrow one.
DATES TIMES
Saturday November 20, 14:00-21:00
Sunday November 21, 9:30-16:30
PLACE
4F Music Energy Room,
Performing Art School 36,
Taipei City.
For more details, please contact
In English: Mark
mark@fusica.nl / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49
In Chinese: Clémentine
starysky1017@gmail.com
Line: meimanghuang

 

 

 

 

SHRUTI BOX MARKET

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

Tuesday November 23, at Canjune, Taipei, 4-6 PM.

We have various shruti boxes tuned on multiple pitches andin  two different sizes. Come and check it out.

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.

The types we mostly have are the first one, the high quality Paloma – others are mostly sold out now.

 

 

 

 

 

Sounding Out!  發聲音樂會

November 27, 14:30-16:30, NEIHU, Taipei

 

A long-cherished plan of mine is becoming reality soon: an event where pro’s and amateurs can share the stage, where inspiration runs freely, where singing meets dancing, where movement meets instruments, where laughter and cries meet silence.

Catching the spirit of the moment, a phrase already in use at my first concert in Taiwan in 2003, remains the best description, but the format is now more refined, more inclusive, and more exciting than ever before. This is not a workshop but a performance that you can enjoy from beginning to end. And yet it is not a normal performance since you can join in at various stages, but only if the spirit of the moment catches you. No obligation to join, but my teammates and I cannot guarantee you keep on sitting still with your mouth shut once you are there.

Come and try this out, we have arranged for a fantastic large space that invites anyone’s inspiration to run free. To turn this into a success we need plenty of creative individuals joining (which has mostly been taken care off) as well as plenty of audience for foot-tapping, humming, applause and sharing that magic silence after an apotheosis.

November 27, 14:30-16:30, doors open 14:00.

Various ticket prices from 420 to 700 NT$

Location:  Hao Hao Shuo Hua, Neihu.

For the full details please go to

https://www.tikipoki.com.tw/…/sounding-out-%e7%99%bc…/

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKETS and SEE ALL INFO ON TIKIPOKI

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我們的聲音,有什麼樣的界限?
身體要怎麼跟上自由的界域呢?
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「分享」本身是一種美,我們用即興去接觸:
聲音的共有與交換
承接與轉換
層層疊疊
時間空間與能量開展
是如何在當下存有而完滿?
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在這個疫情,人與人之間的區隔
能不能用音樂與流動的即興,再重新建立呢?
2021年 11月 27日 (六)
■□□□□□□□ S o u n d i n g – o u t !
《發聲音樂會》 ■■■■■■■□
14:30-16:30
ℙ𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕖:好好說話工作坊
地址:台北市明水路575號B1
本次音樂會將會邀請觀眾一同沈浸在即興的世界中,
Mark Van Tongeren長期在心裡醞釀的計畫。
這會是不同與以往的音樂會,不是由馬克一位音樂家獨立完成,也不是樂團的即興演出。
而是與來賓一起豐盛地完成演出!
人人都有歌可以唱、人人都是歌唱家!
馬克與神秘嘉賓將會協助來賓,帶領參與者一起讓午後的樂章成形!在這個未知的時光之中,唯一可以確定的是,有你的參與才能讓旅程展開!
邀請您與我們一起共襄盛舉!
11/4 12:00 早鳥啟售
請上「口袋售票」搜尋:Sounding out!發聲音樂會,加入會員即可購票!
https://www.tikipoki.com.tw/…/sounding-out-%e7%99%bc…/
用line加好友也可以購票喔!
https://youtu.be/yK9P_w0VW-M

 

 

Concert with Hans de Back in Taichung

Date: Dec. 6th (mon)
Performance time: 2:30~3:45pm
+ QA and sharing: 3:45~4:15pm (0.5hr)
PLACE:
Taichung Social Innovation Unit
      7F., No. 291-3, Jingwu Rd. North Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan

More information and reservations: Una Kao:

0953157815‬

unakao@yahoo.com.tw

 

 

Concert #2 with Lee Shih-Yang  and Arnaud Lechat

歌謠之外 More Than Songs
2021/12/15(三)19:30

臺大藝文中心雅頌坊 (臺北市羅斯福路四段一號)

https://arts.ntu.edu.tw/Event.aspx?PID=03a80c27-fc26-462f-9355-86cbb89c747e&ID=e8a9c018-22cf-4bae-a2c5-a388b6fd6de1#.YVXRH5pBzIU

 

Concert: Latency with Oorbeek and Kao Dao Yin

19 december, 8 PM, Wen Shui, Taipei

Details t.b.c.

 

 

Postponed: Dulan Voice Yoga  Retreat

Possible new date: mid January.

 

 

 

 

 

Shruti Box (af)fairs

This year I joined the Forest Fair and a World Music Fesival Fair in Taipei, and soon there is a Shruti Box Market coming up here in Taipei (details at the bottom): time for a little background story how I got into this. Scroll down for details of the Shruti Box Sale and Shruti Nights workshops coming up in December.

How I got shruti’d

Sometime in the early 2000s I got my first shruti box. It was brought to me from India on my request by my good friend Horst Timmers, aka DJ mpsPilot. At that time it was not tremendously popular, least of all in India, where everybody started switching to elecronic shruti boxes instead of the wooden thing. But I wanted something to accompany myself and others for singing and playing. Horst got me a fantastic instrument, that has done remarkably well for almost twenty years now without problems.

I love things handmade with a personal touch. When I compare mine to other shruti boxes it is quite different. Most shruti boxes you see now are rather flat with levers to select the tones on the side. They are on a panel that actually moves all the time you play it because it is part of the bellows. The one he got for me is more box-like, which it means it is more stable when standing up. The broader space on top is used for four round, turnable buttons, with three notes for each button. The flat type shows levers arranged like a neat piano scale on the side, and is indeed tuned chromatically like a piano: each next note is a semitone higher. If you like you can open as many levers as you like, all thirteen of them even, though usually two or three is more than enough. The box-type, on the contrary, allows for a selection of at most four notes, one for each turning knob. My first instrument features several double or even triple notes: the exact same note can be chose can be chosen by several knobs. When you chose to open, say, two A’s at the same time you get a nice phasing sound – an effect I really like and one that is very important in many traditions in South East Asia (see all the horns blown in pairs by Buddhist monks, for example).

BOX / FLAT TYPE SHRUTI BOX

After so many people asking me about my shruti box, I decided it was time to go to India and find more of them. For my students, and also in the case I might ever need a new one myself. Here in Taiwan they are hard to get by, and to ship them from Europe back to Asia did not seem to be a smart idea.

Finding new shruti boxes in India

In 2017 I went to South India, as plans to go to the North stranded for various reasons. I ended up finding the maker you see on the photo: he carried on the tradition from his father who had been making shruti boxes for decades. The qualities differed quite a bit and wasn’t tiptop altogether, but I was happy to find this same model I had been using for so many years, with the buttons on top. His note-layout was also different from what I had, more organised than my somewhat messy and perhaps quirky arrangement of pitches.

 

 

I decided to set out to get other models still through other means. That proved to be an interesting and risky adventure: the first batch of shruti boxes never arrived: the owner of the reputed company of instrument makers in North India was the target of cybercriminals who relayed the comunication, and I was the victim in terms of loss. I almost gave up but then decided to push it through.That was not an easy path either. I was carefull enough to get caught up in another fraud, but it turned out that a substantial part of every delivery of shruti boxes was unsellable because one or more tones were kaput: breathy tones, de-tuned notes, funny sounds, or just air without a sound at all. Yet I was eager to get my students into singing with shruti boxes and here in Taiwan there are no reliable import channels, it seems, so I pushed on.

So since this year I am selling  many types of shruti boxes here in Taiwan, mostly to people who joined my workshops. And sometimes it works the other way around, people are charmed by this simple musical tool and then join my monthly Shruti Nights workshop. As I  have tried to lay my hands on different types, the boxes now come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, colours, tunings, and qualities.

 

Repairing shruti boxes

With another market coming up and so many broken pieces, I decided it was time to see which of the broken shruti boxes could be fixed. I asked the help of one student-friend who bought two  instruments from me, an engineer who immediately took his box apart when he bought it in 2018. Yesterday we sat down to check them one by one, and found out what mistakes were made, how different they were depending on the brand, and what we could do about it. It was great fun, really, to spend a day learning about the mechanisms, and we managed to repair the majority of them.

Some basics

WHAT IS A SHRUTI BOX?

Although of Indian origin, the shruti box is now used for almost any kind of music and many different purposes. It is popular for healing and therapeutic music, music based on drones (see below), intuitive music making and improvising and all music genres.

ORIGINS

The shruti box is a wind instrument from the Indian subcontinent. It is used for accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Traditionally, in much of Indian music, a stable, continuous tone (called a drone) provides the foundation for all the melodic variations. It is the beginning and end of all Indian music, litterally, as it starts before and finishes after other musicians do their parts.

MECHANICS

The shruti box is powered by hand through the bellows, just like an accordeon. By opening one or more levers or turning a button the air passes by the brass reeds inside the instrument, producing one or more tones.

EASY TO PLAY

No skills are necessary, all you need to do is open the hooks and gently pump.

TUNING

Most of these shruti boxes have adopted the Western chromatic tuning system, like a piano keyboard. Most of them actually run from c-c’ and are arranged exactly like a piano keyboard. Each adjacent lever is a semitone apart and the whole series covers all the twelve tones of the octave. The thirteenth lever or tone completes the octave. They are tuned roughly to the standard concert pitch of a = 440 Hz, but small deviations are common.

HISTORY

The shruti box is derived from the harmonium, a portable keyboard instrument introduced by the British in India. Local instrument makers copied harmoniums and eventually developed this new instrument by leaving out the keys, using only the ‘stops’ that provide drones. I haven’t been able to find much information about the shruti boxes yet, but there is a book about harmoniums by Birgit Abels detailing how the ancestor of the shruti box became part of the Indian musical landscape.

 

 

 

Shruti Box Market in Taipei

 

Looking for fine, original Indian shruti boxes to make music alone or together with your friends or group? I have about ten different models (size / tuning / quality) on offer and also some used, nearly new models. Come and check on December 3 when we bring them all over to the Canjune Training Center.

 

以下影片連結為馬克吟唱和演奏shruti印度風琴

Watch a video of Mark singing and playing shruti box here:

 

當前我們剛結束第二期印度風琴之夜連續四週的工作坊。第一期是兩堂課,認識樂器以及應用。第三期課程會在農曆年之後開始。印度風琴之夜也是一門對於開發人聲的即興很有幫助的課程。

Right after the sale the seventh series of Shruti Nights is starting. The Shruti Nights is also a general class for developing your own vocal improvisations, with or without a shruti box.