Check out all the activities for the coming months and scroll down for details.
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
Night before the retreat (Friday June 11)
Dulan Voice Yoga Retreat
Saturday June 12 / 10AM – Tuesday June 15 / 1 PM
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, …
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:
– 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
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
July/August Series: July: 13, 20, 27, August: 3
Language: English with Chinese translation.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
In English: email@example.com / Facebook / Phone 09 103 827 49
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 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:
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.
VOICE YOGA Summer Retreat
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.
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 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!:
Several comfortable options nearby in Dulan, different prices, some at walking distance.
This workshop is brought to you by Mark van Tongeren, Sunny Chen (translator) and Jackal Mei (general manager), and hosted by Shufang Wang.
(contact info below)
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.
“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. ”
The world is not for beholding; it is made for hearing.
Jacques Attali, Noise, 1977