Shruti Nights

Spring / Summer Program Taiwan

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

 

Shruti Nights

four  dates 4 Tuesday evenings in March, April, May, June

Concerts with Hans de Back’s

Thursday April 8 (at his place), Thursday June 17 (at Canjune)

Ocean of Voices

2,5 days in Puli/Nantou, May 15-17

Dulan concert

Night before the retreat (Friday June 11)

Dulan Voice Yoga Retreat

Saturday June 12  / 10AM – Tuesday June 15  / 1 PM

Concerts YiWoYu

June 26, Hsinchu, evening, August and September, Taipei

 

As always, there are ongoing weekly Voice Yoga classes you can always join.

Please check with us first as some weeks are cancelled or in another location.

 

THE DETAILS PER EVENT

 

Shruti Nights XV, XVI, …

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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.

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.

Exact dates: May 2021: 11, 18, 25, June: 1

Theme:

Inventing motives, using scales and timbres

we will take a close look at creating new thematic material: how to find or invent new motifs on the spot? How to create variations in rhythm? What possibilities does timbre offer for improvising?

More in general, we will focus on timing, phrasing, using drones, scales and intervals, and alternating parts between voice(s) and shruti(s). With demo’s, exercises and your own explorations we will hear and see that vocal improvisations with a drone make you a better musician and sound explorer.

Though still aimed at shruti box players, others, with or without shruti box, are welcome too.

Next June series: June: 8, 22, 29, July: 6

Theme: t.b.a

July/August Series: July: 13, 20, 27, August: 3

 Theme: t.b.a

https://www.facebook.com/Paraphony/posts/2291937537604481

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).

 

REGISTER & INFO

In Mandarin: starysky1017@gmail.com

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Concerts with Hans de Back

Watch a fragment of our 2020 Butterfly concert here.

Hear us close-by at Hans’ place (April 8) or at Canjune’s (June 17).

Details through Una:  unakao at yahoo . com . tw

 

 

Dulan: Voice Yoga Summer Retreat

Saturday June 12 – Tuesday June 15

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 Summer Retreat
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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.
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DATES & TIMES

Details coming soon….
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, Sunny Chen (translator) and Jackal Mei (general manager), and hosted by Shufang Wang.
For any questions about the contents in English ask Mark, in Chinese, ask Sunny or Jackal.
For registration, lodging and food details ask Jackal.
(contact info below)
YOUR TEACHER
Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has over 25 years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts. He practices yoga for some twenty years and all kinds of voice/music/performance practices for 30 years.
Read more details below or check out www.fusica.nl.

PRICES

Details coming soon….

CONTACT INFO:

JACKAL MEI:
Phone: 0936596910
Mail jackallala@gmail.com
LINE: Jackallala
SUNNY CHEN
Phone: 0912024285
Mail ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com
LINE: soleilc77
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Jacques Attali, Noise, 1977

 

  

 

2019 in pix, videos and some stories

NEW WORKSHOP: RHYTHMS & CYCLES

 

Video impresssion: Colours Rhythms & Cycles

 

NEW CLASS: SHRUTI NIGHTS

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

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

 

 

 

RADIOGARDEN BROADCAST

MUSHIMARU’s PHYSICAL POETS

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

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

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

SANGPUY live IN TAIPEI

LUGANG and its AUTOMATED SONIC SURPRISES

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

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

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

 

PULI, CENTRAL TAIWAN: WORKSHOP

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

 

 

 

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

SAINKHO and KAZHUHISA ICHIHASHI in JAPAN

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

 

 

SANGPUY TURNING the NATIONAL THEATRE UPSIDE DOWN

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

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

 

TAIWAN EASTCOAST TOUR

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

WATERPERFORMANCE WITH YEH MING-HWA

Or: how not to breath.

DUTCH CANJUNE STORE IN AMSTERDAM

VISIT to BERNARD KLEIKAMP of PAN RECORDS

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

EXCHANGE OF NEW TIBTEAN MUSIC PUBLICATIONS

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

WITH TRAN QUANG and BACH YEN in PARIS

See the blogpost.

IN ROME FOR THE CAVE OPERA

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL TAIPEI

AROMAJOINT PERFUMANCE

 

 

 

 

VOICE YOGA WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT

 

THANKS TO THE TEAM!