Voice

Spring / Summer Program Taiwan

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

 

RESONANCE RETREAT

2×4 days in January and March

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 Voice Yoga Retreat
Saturday June 12  / 10AM – Tuesday June 15  / 1 PM

 

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

 

MIAOLI: RESONANCE RETREAT: MODULE 2

4 – DAY

R E S O N A N C E

INTENSIVE

MIAOLI

 

with mark van tongeren

 

 

 

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 & Voice Movements

Prana is the beginning of life force. Breath is one such process, and the one that happens to drive our vocal sound too. To develop your voice as a powerful tool for relaxation and transformation we first get back to the very basics.

Day 1   Afternoon                Technical work

What do you remember, what got lost from Module One? 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 articulation processes. Solid practice to build on during the following days.

 

Day 2   Morning                   Spiritual practices and sounds: Christianity & Buddhism.

Immerse yourself in the grand ideas of Christianity and its lyrical musical legacy, as well as those of Buddhism and its esoteric musical legacy. What are Christian and Buddhist songs and styles in the context of overtone singing? What is common and what is different?

Day 2   Afternoon.               Spiritual practices and sounds

How do these traditions resonate with you? How to adopt or adapt them? Literally copy them? Take one thing out of them, as inspiration? How important are resonance and overtones in them, and how to incorporate that in your own embodied practice?

 

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

What can we learn from Tuvan people about animism and shamanism? And about their archaic form of overtone song, khöömei?

What can we learn 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? One tool we return to is the Overtone Analyser to see your voice.

 

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

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 in various combinations, as we all create a final piece about Sound at the Centre of the Universe. Group sharing.

 

In these four days the main question is to find a good balance between technical and emotional singing, or to make deeper connections between the physical and the mental/psychological/spiritual. For the physical part we return again to singing exercises and anatomy and phonetics. We will learn how to embed these in practices that are meaningful and stimulating for you. We look at mental/psychological/spiritual aspects of religious forms of chanting and try out some examples. We also learn to expand the embodied knowledge that forms a bridge between these physical and spiritual realms. What is your inner orientation towards music, sound, body and spirituality? What are your inclinations as a singer? By answering questions such as these you can arrive at a healthy positive attitude for your practice.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

April Session starting on MARCH 30.
Theme: Freestyling.

 

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).

 

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

 

  

 

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.

Go to subdist.com to order

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ORDERS

1. Tell us the amount, which binding (hardcover, paperback), send details

Write to Fusica and tell us the number of books you want (it makes a surprising present for your musical friends too!), and send your full name and address details. (of course we will not share your information with anybody.)

2. We’ll confirm with shipping fees

We’ll add the actual postage fee and send you payment instructions to a bank account in The Netherlands, Taiwan, or using Paypal or Transferwise, whichever is convenient for you.

Examples of shipping cost

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK       € 9,- for standard delivery,   add € 4,- for Track and Trace if you like (total € 13,-). You can add one or two more books at no extra shipping cost!! (remember that friend’s birthday coming up next month?)

Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic         €12,-standard,    add € 6,50 for Track and Trace if you like (total € 18,50). You can add one or two more books at no extra shipping cost!! (remember that friend’s birthday coming up next month?).

Allow up to six days for delivery. Due to the coronavirus the term may be longer.

Netherlands / Nederland     € 6,75 standard / standaard,   € 8,75 Track and Trace / aangetekend. Meestal de volgende dag bezorgd. Bestel 1 of 2 extra boeken als cadeau zonder extra verzendkosten, bijvoorbeeld als cadeautjes!

Russia      €18,-standard,    add € 6,30 for Track and Trace if you like (total € 18,50). Or order your copy through Sketis Music in Moscow soon. Delivery 7-20 days.

Japan    $13,- standard (surface mai, 15-25 days), $16 standard (airmail 7-10 days), add $2,- for insurance (ships from Taiwan).

USA  $15,- including tracking (ships from Taiwan). Allow up to twenty days for delivery.

Canada does not currently accept standard parcels, only FedX and the likes.

Australia  US$15,- (US$ 20  including tracking). Ships from Taiwan. Allow up to twenty days for delivery.

You can add one or two more books at no extra shipping cost – remember that friend’s birthday coming up next month?

Japan    $13,- standard (surface mail, 10-25 days), $16 standard (airmail 7-10 days), add $2,- for insurance (ships from Taiwan).

Rest of Asia/Pacific: write us for the actual cost (ships from Taiwan).

 

3. Transfer your payment

Transfer the applicable fees and the book will come your way as soon as possible. You can use a bank account in The Netherlands or Taiwan, or use Paypal or  Transferwise. Check your email for details.

 

 

4. Your order will be sent from The Netherlands or Taiwan.

Any questions, just let us know.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.”