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Sound Journey: Tuva & khöömei

 

 

Valeriy Mongush teaching at Lake Chagytai, 2018. Photo credit: Ariel Dukat

 

 

ROUGH ITINERARY

 

This tour shows you the many different faces of the Republic of Tuva, a little gem hidden behind mountain ranges and dense forests in South Siberia. Due to its isolation from the rest of Siberia and Russia, it is unusually rich in its culture, music, spiritual life and nature. You get a complete experience of all these facets, which we believe is better than just a musical tour. You will learn how all the different aspects of present-day Tuva are intertwined in sections of the tour.

 

We first drive through beautiful scenery and past several landmarks to the mountains and lakes of the Süt-Khöl (‘milk lake’) in West Tuva. We get deeply immersed in the beauty of Tuvan nature and learn about the deeper relationships Tuvans have with it through their spiritual traditions, like animism and shamanism. Mark will give those who like some of his trademark, unusual voice classes to prepare you for throat singing lessons later on.

 

Our stay is somewhat primitive and after several days we return to the city, where we join the Day of the Republic, among other things, and explore the urban of this city of 100.000+ souls.

 

The next few days are about music, and in particular khöömei, with classes, meeting instrument makers who sell instruments, and the celebration of the Day of Khöömei, starting with a shamanic ritual. We will stay in two lovely yurt camps outside the city.

 

To finish, we undertake a one-day walk in the area that has helped preserve Tuvas many unique features. This is the huge Ergaki mountain range between the endless flowing plains of Siberia and Tuva, shielding Tuvan from Russia and connecting it strongly to Mongolia. after a good night rest and a last banya, we return to the civilised world and head for the airplanes or trains that bring us home.

 

 

YOUR

TOUR

GUIDES

 

Choduraa Tumat is a professional, traditional musician and music teacher since the mid 1990s. She studied music in Kyzyl (Tuva) and Ulan-Ude (Buryatia). She masters nearly all styles of Tuvan throat-singing and plays various traditional instruments: doshpuluur, chadagan, khomus, igil. She is also a lecturer at the Kyzyl Pedagogical School. In 1998 she brought together a number of enthusiastic young ladies in order to make an all-women group of essentially Tuvan music and an ambition to break the age-old taboo on women singing with throat techniques: Tyva Kyzy. In 2018 the group celebrated its 20 years jubilee with a very succseful world tour and the CD recording or a new CD. That same year, Mrs. Tumat was the first and so far the only female throat singer to receive the honorary title Peoples Throat Singer of the Republic of Tuva from the president.

 

Mark van Tongeren is a Dutch sound explorer and ethnomusicologist with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. He 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 began doing fieldwork in Tuva and writing about its rich musical traditions in 1993. He is best known for his cross-over work in traditional, contemporary and experimental vocal techniques and performing arts, in particular Tuvan throat singing/khöömei and other kinds of overtone singing.

 

With help from many others, Mark van Tongeren and Choduraa Tumat offer a varied, intensive Tuva experience. The aim is to connect as much as possible with indigenous culture and musicians and to travel responsibly, reducing the impact on the environment. This entails some inconveniences, for example, a lack of certain basic needs travellers may be used to for other destinations.

 

We will mostly have to share accomodation, sometimes sleeping with four people in a yurt. To deal with the hygiene situation (like a lack of shower or bath) we provide banyas at no extra cost wherever possible, whenever you like.

 

We believe this tour is not your usual touristic visit. We hope it will be a great learning experience, as you travel with several teachers, with an indigenous Tuvan or scholarly background. We all speak three or more languages, like Tuvan, Russian, English, Nederlands and 中文, so that we should be able to handle all well, almost all – your questions about Tuva.

 

 

 

TRAVELING THERE

 

The tour is designed to accommodate travellers from the Asian region and Europe, arriving and departing at different times but the same dates, in towns north of Tuva. There are convenient connections from Beijing to Krasnoyarsk, as well as from Europe through Moscow to Abakan or even straight into Kyzyl. We pick you up on August 9 and bring you back to your airport on August 22, to catch a flight that evening or the next morning. Extensions are possible upon request.

 

We will have a more detailed program as we proceed with our preparations. But the itinerary is never written in stone: the program must be flexible, because things often change at the last moment in Tuva/Siberia. We have experience to come up with alternatives, and cannot take responsibility for every detail by the time you book.

 

Being surprised is part of the adventure of a trip into Siberia a journey you may make only once in your lifetime (though there is a core group of fanatic travellers who come back again and again; Marks first visit was in 1993).

 

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  

WHAT’S INCLUDED

– local transport from Abakan or Krasnoyarsk to/from Tuva by minibus

– usually we include the trip from Asian cities, because of the trouble and high price of obtaining tickets into Siberia on your own. We will inform you as soon as we have all the data.

– all transport in Tuva

– twin accomodation, family accomodation in some places (single upon request; this is not possible everywhere)

– all meals

– concerts and presentations mentioned in the text

– workshops on Tuvan music

– shamanic ritual and classes

– banya’s (Russian style steambath), where available

 

EXTRA EXPENSES

Expect the following extra expenses:

– visa cost, and invitation letter for visa

– medical, travel, cancellation insurance (usually you need to buy extra insurance)

– extra drinks during meals; snacks

– personal expenses

– tips or small presents to locals involved in the tour are always appreciated

– we can help you reduce CO2 offset for your flight through Greenseat

 

FOOD

If you consider to join and you have certain meal preferences let us know on the form. The diet of Tuva is basically meat and fish and not all wishes may be possible to fulfill locally, but we can try to organise it. Hosts and cooks have usually done good jobs to counterbalance the sometimes very meaty menus with great alternatives.

 

 

 

THE CORONA-VIRUS

Like all of you, we are following the news about the virus and are aware of the current risks of international travel, particularly in Asia. Here in Taiwan, an isolated island more managable than the mainlaind, the situation is very different from China and well under control. As of February 9 there are 18 confirmed cases. The general public and government are doing well to contain the virus. Russia has had three cases so far and government and general public are very much alert too.

Our travellers have been mostly Taiwanese and Dutch citizens. Taiwanese travellers used to travel through Beijing with tickets bought by us, and this is a situation we will evaluate. There are options through other cities, like Seoul, and perhaps even direct flights into Siberia starting soon. We think there is (and in any case should not be) any risk for the group as a whole. We will await further development and understand travellers might want to wait a bit before booking trips.

 

WHAT NEXT?

Previous tours lasted about 11 days/10 nights and included the international flights for most travellers. The current tour is 13-14 nights depending on your outbound flight. We are still putting together some information and will be able to set the price late February 2020. Since our travellers are mostly people we know (or friends of them), and for other reasons we chose not to publish the prices here.

If you are interested to join, write to us for an e-brochure with full details (about Pricing, Visa, How to Register, etc.), and to receive all updates about this Sound Journey. Even if you are just considering to join, it helps to let us know – no obligations of course!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask Mark:

– send an email to Mark

– write him on Messenger: https://www.facebook.com/Paraphony/

– call to Taiwan: +886(0)910382749

Or write an email to Choduraa Tumat.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Mark van Tongeren unless otherwise mentioned. Published under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0  license.

First Voice Yoga Retreat (full report)

At the end of 2019, in fact around the Winter Solstice on December 21, we did the first Voice Yoga Retreat here in Taiwan. A wonderful recollection of the best stuff I have done during my 7 seven years of weekly Voice Yoga classes. It was beyond expectation: fantastic weather, great location, wonderful students, and a great three-person-strong core team (Sunny Chen, Jackal Mei, me) to take care of everything.

 

 

Most of all, we all experienced a nice flow between yogic and other exercises, sound and body improvisations, eating cakes and drinking Jackal’s homebrewn coffee, meditating, listening, chanting, learning about my methods and ‘vision.’ People came from all over the place and all walks of life, and most were new to Voice Yoga.

One student, Guang Guang, wrote an excellent report in Chinese about everything we did, in Chinese. I reproduce it here, with an autotranslation at the bottom of this page. Jackal Mei made some great photos, and there’s a couple of myself too. Many thanks to Guang Guang and Jackal for the words and images, and to Sunny !

We’ll do another Voice Yoga Retreat later this year on the beautiful, relaxed East Coast of Taiwan, where the pace is slow, weather seems to be nearly always good, birds sing loudly and the ocean is never far away. Get on the maillinglist for updates.

 

 

/聲音瑜伽

因為身旁總是很多優秀的朋友,然後串成一條路徑,一開始是葉子跟我分享聲音,讓我在心裡種下了種子…
於是最近去體驗了一場聲音瑜伽,
授課的老師是教授泛音的馬克
我很喜歡他無私有愛的分享
且關照及感受著每一個我們
當第一堂課說
在這所發出的聲音都是當下要發生的
沒有好壞對錯,每個音都是對的…
讓沒有音感的我感到自在安心
第一個晚上
馬克很自然的就將大家的聲音一起融合在空間裡,讓彼此陌生的夥伴,很快的流動起來,只是短短的兩小時,我全身的細胞都在跳舞

/呼吸練習
在這個練習裡有很多要去感覺的東西,
我也在這個練習去練習感覺
呼吸的快慢,流向哪裡,擴張或收縮…
從沒思考這麼自然發生的事,
但最近這兩次的課程都在提醒著這件事,也就是當下

 

/母音三角形
很喜歡玩母音三角形
但在這裡面會發現自己的氣很短,
也會想配合其他人
在完美與協調之間理出自己的節奏
呼~吸~
烏~啊~一

/聲音的海洋
隨著模仿到自然而然的發聲,
讓自己的聲音丟進海洋裡
腦海會一直出現森林,池塘,水窪,沼澤,穹蒼,萬物,大地之聲
喜歡靜容分享的,她感覺身體自己發亮的地方想出聲,於是就讓那個聲音自己出來…
好有覺察的身體,我還在練習的路上

 

/深度聆聽
在戶外一起發聲,
聆聽空間裡擁有的音,跟隨
聆聽沒有的音,創造
在一來一往之間
做成了一首當代音樂
很喜歡這樣融合的旋律

/驚喜
圍一個圈,跟著馬克發出幾個音,
高高低低,閉上眼睛
幾個音沒有規則的發聲練習
然後由慢漸快,
馬克將桑尼推進圈內
在人圈中閉上眼享受旋律
馬克這時唱的越來越快
越來越具體
開始發現事有蹊蹺
打開眼睛望向馬克
他對我笑著示意
宛珍也早領略到了
沒錯,真的是我想的那樣
學員一個接一個笑開
桑尼終於意識到這一趴的別出心裁
流著淚接受大家獻唱
這一刻好感動
好美~好美~

 

/冬至熄燈
圍著蠟燭一起度過寧靜的夜,閉上眼四週充滿星星的感覺,那些包圍我們的自然之聲,好像墜落在草叢中發亮的星體,發亮的全是萬物的聲音

/薩滿儀式
同學藍師那一夜為大家進行薩滿旅程
第一次體驗儀式,薩滿鼓震出我全身電流,在守護靈的守護之下去感覺這個過程,叢林,速度,黑暗的旋轉,之後竄出來的蛇,最後讓自己慢慢抽離,見到一頭鹿而停止
宛珍被薩滿鼓招喚,以奔跑來流動
阿駱也隨之起舞,整個場域或坐或動
各有各的世界,奇幻世界~

 

/母音九宮格
深度覺察自己的聲音所在
共振的身體裡,聲音去到了哪裡?
馬克說
身體跟聲音會有共振的地方

意念也可以讓聲音去你想要他要去的地方
最後每個人的聲音震動,
都有不同的發現
這讓我覺得聲音太好玩了
每個人的身體感受都如此獨特

/呼吸節奏
呼吸長短的差異,
也能是一首悠揚的曲子
這個章節我也很享受
每個樂器的總和
就是一篇生命的樂章

/泛音獨唱
某個下午,馬克為大家唱歌
坐著,躺著自由
本來是陰天的午後
在一段泛音的旋律不斷繚繞時
我聽見的都是天使的聲音
此時
窗外金色陽光透進粉色的窗簾裡
天使光溫柔的灑在馬克身上發亮
那一個畫面我來不及拍照
但映在我腦海
我全身細胞都在舞蹈

/八部合音
每個人的聲音都好獨特好聽
曙芳的聲音裡有老靈魂的歌唱
想起她的守護靈老奶奶還有愛
輪到發踢卡時
是花神在唱歌吧!!!
清晰亮麗好感動
輪到我的時候,腦袋原本想運作
後來告訴自己算了
讓聲音是什麼就是什麼
雖然知道我聲音都沒到要去的地方
我的聲音之神都在幫我找音階
去了好幾個半音
後來才去到該去的地方
我也是可以說
那是我精準的控制我的半音啦(撥瀏海~

 

經過三天的玩耍
很鬆很慢也很奇妙的身體各種痠
沒意料只是出聲音而已
身體就有各種拉扯
但記得馨勻說的很好
(可我忘記她具體說什麼了XD)
但她說完我就一陣恍然
拉拉也分享了馬克在機械噪音裡
找出它規律的節奏
讓噪音不只是噪音

 

三天收穫很多,
也許我是還在餘震之中再慢慢感受
唯一最明白自己的部份
大概就是我還沒那麼放鬆自己吧
畢竟聲音對我來說太陌生
但經過這些過程
更能丟掉小時候對聲音的既定印象
聲音的顏色如此寬廣無限
告訴自己,就是玩,去玩吧!

聲音瑜伽,是瑜伽也是即興
祂不止是聲音,
是能讓心、靈與身體的合一

謝謝Yu Chih Lin帶我池上玩
謝謝Xiaoying Ye聲音的連結
謝謝Jackal Mei意志的邀約XD
謝謝Mark Van Tongeren
帶領著經驗自己的不可思議
讓我在這場聲音之旅中如此盡興…

#課後筆記
#聲音瑜伽
#樂吉昇天
#已被圈粉
#很好玩還要再玩

 

Autotranslation of the Chinese text.

 

/ sound yoga

Because there are always many good friends around me, then put into a path. at the beginning, the leaves share the voice with me, and let me plant seeds in my heart…
So recently, I went to experience a sound yoga,
The teacher who taught is the mark of the pan-Yin.
I love his selfless and loving sharing
And take care and feel every one of us
When the first class said
The voices made here are all about the moment.
There is no bad right or wrong, every voice is right…
Let me feel free to feel at ease
First night
Mark is very natural to mix everyone’s voices together in space, let each other’s strange partner, quickly flowing, just two hours, my whole body is dancing.

/ breathing practice
A lot of things to feel in this practice,
I am also practicing to practice the feeling
Where to breathe, where to go, expand or shrink…
Never thought about what happened so naturally,
But these two recent courses are reminding this thing, that is the moment.

/ vowel triangle
Love to play with the vowel triangle
But I will find myself very short in this,
Will also want to work with other people
Make your own rhythm between perfection and coordination
Oh ~ suck ~
Oh ~ Ah ~ one

/ the ocean of sound
With the imitation of a natural voice,
Let your voice be thrown into the ocean
The Forest, the pond, the water, the swamp, the swamp, the sky, everything, the sound of the earth.
Who likes to share quietly, she feels like she’s shiny, so let the voice come out on her own…
So conscious body, I’m still on my way to practice

/ deep listening
Voice together in the outdoors,
Listen to the sound of the space and follow
Listen to the sound of not, create
In the way.
Made a contemporary music
I love this fusion melody.

/ surprise
Surround a circle and make a few voices with Mark,
Close your eyes and close your eyes
A few sounds without rules
Then slowly,
Mark puts the nissan into the circle
Close your eyes in the circle and enjoy the melody
Mark is singing faster and faster
Getting more and more specific
Starting to find something wrong
Open your eyes and look at mark
He smiled at me
She has already learned it early.
Yes, it’s really what I thought
The students laugh at one after one.
Mulberry finally realized the chú le of this party
I am in tears to accept everyone’s singing
This moment is so touching
So beautiful ~ so beautiful ~

/ Winter Solstice Lights out
Surround the candles with a peaceful night, close your eyes with the feeling of stars, the sound of nature that surround us, like the stars that have fallen in the grass, the sound of everything.

/ sana ceremony
Classmate Blues on the night for you all the night
First experience ceremony, the sana drum burst out my whole body current, under the protection of the guardian spirit, I felt the process, the jungle, the speed, the dark spin, then the snake that came out, finally let myself slowly pull away, see one Deer stop
Lithuania was called by the drum of the drum to run
It also dance, the whole field, sitting or moving.
Every world, fantasy world ~

/ vowel
I am deeply aware of my voice.
Where did the sound go in the resonance body?
Mark said
Where the body and the sound will be resonance
But but
Ideas can also let the voice go where you want him to go
At the end everyone’s voice shakes,
All have different discoveries
This makes me think the voice is so funny
Everyone’s body feels so unique

/ breathing rhythm
The difference in the length of breathing,
Can also be a beautiful song
I’m enjoying this chapter too
The sum of each instrument
It’s a movement of life.

/ Pan-voice solo
One afternoon mark singing for everyone
Sitting and lying free
It was a cloudy afternoon.
While a pan-Tone Melody keeps on the these
All I hear is the voice of an angel
Right now
The Golden sunshine outside the window goes through the pink curtains
Angel Light gentle on mark
I didn’t have time to take pictures of that one
But in my mind
My whole body is dancing

/ eight sound
Everyone’s voice is so unique and nice
There is the singing of the old soul in the voice of the old soul
Thinking of her guardian spirit grandma and love
It’s my turn to kick the card.
Is the flower God singing!!!
Clear and beautiful, so touching
When it was my turn, my head wanted to work
Later I told myself to forget it
What makes the voice is what is
Even though I know my voice is not even where I’m going
My Voice God is helping me find the level
Went for a couple of semitone
I just went to the place where I should go.
I can say too
That’s my precision in control of my semitone (allocated ~

After three days of playing
Very Loose, slow and amazing body all kinds of sour
I didn’t expect it. It was just a voice.
The body has all kinds of pull
But remember that Xin Xin said very well
(but I forgot what she said XD)
But after she said, I just had a moment.
Lala also shared mark in mechanical noise
Find out the rhythm of its regular rhythm
Make noise not just noise

Harvest a lot in three days,
Maybe I’m still in the aftershocks and feel slowly
The only part that knows what I know most
Probably I’m not that relaxing myself yet
The voice is too strange to me after all
But after these process
It’s better to lose the established impression of the voice in my childhood
The Color of the voice is so wide and infinite
Tell yourself, it’s just to play, go play!

Sound Yoga is yoga and impromptu
He is more than a voice,
Is the one that makes the heart, spirit and body

Thank you Yu Chih Lin for taking me on the pool
Thank you Xiaoying Ye for the link
Thank you Jackal Mei for the invitation XD
Thanks Mark Van Tongeren
Leading the experience of my experience
Had me so much fun on this sound tour…

 

 

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

6 Hong Kong workshops in January 2018

(Link to Chinese version)

 

In January I will be visiting the great team of Soundtherapy Hong Kong again to teach various workshops around the theme “hidden dimensions of the human voice.” There are 6 themes to chose from – or you can do them all:

Workshop 1: Breath, Prana & Movement

Workshop 2: Sound Journey, Ocean of Voices 

Workshop 3: Art of listening

Workshop 4: Polyphony of the body

Workshop 5&6 : Inner Voice & Outer Voice

 

All workshops are either morning (10 am – 1 pm) or afternoon (2:30-5:30 pm), in Causeway Bay / WanChai.

More details + registration on the Soundtherapy Hong Kong website here and on Facebook.

 

 

Hong Kong Vertical Horizon by RJL

Hong Kong image Vertical Horizon by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who published the photobook Vertical Horizon.

RESONANCE course 2017-2018

For English scroll down, or ask for digital brochure by mailing us.

 

聲音的共鳴 年度工作坊
2017 – 2018
探索人類聲音隱藏的淺能—用泛音跟新的音質來創造音樂; 以新的方式傾聽世界以及自己的聲音; 用自己的聲音作為轉變與進行更有效的表達的工具。

「透過呼吸與聆聽身體及環境中的共鳴我們展開一段不可思議的巡禮,發掘創新與治療的潛能。」
馬克.范.湯格鄰

「最令我們感動的是老師的帶領方式…不著痕跡、有洞見地、循序漸進、有創意、好玩且即時。滿心誠摯的感謝。」
Una Kao

【自己,自己的聲音,與自己的存在】
要如何找到自己的聲音? 要怎麼做自己? 要如何不再做自己,而成為另一個人? 另一個你想成為的人?

要如何感覺自己整個存有共鳴,活著的,完整的……對自己的存在感到自在,可以在他人面前展現真正的自己? 和其他可以做自己的人相會;不用特別有禮貌或是維持外表的和諧?

在德蘇(Mark van Tongeren)的聲音的【共鳴】課程中,音樂—特別是人聲—會是幫助你達到以上目標的工具。探入你的靈魂深處,顛覆你的心思跟想法,甚至改變你的物質身體。把「一個人自身」不同的「部份」重新結合,化為一個能夠共振的整體;成為一個震動、脈搏和頻率的交響樂。

泛音演唱技巧是本門課的訓練基礎。泛音就像是你的聲音音色中,自成一格的小世界。你會浸淫於基礎泛音序列的音樂性聲音。我們會一次次的改變我們聆聽以及發聲的方式,以開啟泛音和泛音序列隱藏的層面。實際訓練方法將以帶實驗性和個人化的方式進行、使你能夠更自由地表達自我,運用你聲音中本自俱足的豐富音色。

《招收對象》
我們歡迎各種背景的人來參加【共鳴】課程。前學員有上班族、老師、藝術學校的學生跟創意工作者;也有電腦專家、瑜珈老師跟對聲音有障礙的人;也還有熱愛蒙古與圖瓦呼麥的男歌者,和受古典訓練的女高音。這個課程開立給任何對聲音的創造性有興趣;在生活中尋求平衡的現代人。不須任何音樂背景。不過,已經參加過幾個泛音課程的學生也還有很多可以學。如果你還在猶豫,歡迎聯繫我們來問問題。

【授課語言】
本門課老師以英語授課,你的中文翻譯,陳亮伃,會依照需求重點式或整段翻譯。

【收費、折扣、與優惠說明】
【共鳴】工作坊(十堂課)學費總計17,500 NT$。
請於開課前完成繳費報名。

符合以下條件者得享優惠方案(折扣不重複)
*在學生與超過65歲年長者享75折優惠。
*早鳥優惠: 85折,請於10/20前報名

時間: 2017年12月 ~ 2018年4月
每月間的星期六10:00 am~17:00 pm,共十堂課。
詳細日期請見FUSICA官網行事曆 http://www.fusica.nl/

免費試聽課程: 2017年11月3日
星期五晚上19:00pm~21:30pm

地點:肯園香氣私塾教室
台北市復興南路二段151巷3號4樓(近捷運「
科技大樓站」)

CanjuneGymnasium
課程對象:音樂人,演員,講者;治療師,療癒工作者;任何在生活中尋求平衡的現代人。

好奇嗎?請來電或來信了解詳情、索取課程簡章、日程&學費說明。

中文報名請洽: ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com / 0912-024-285 陳亮伃
英文報名請洽: info@fusica.nl / 0910-382-749 Mark van Tongeren

講師:

德蘇(Mark van Tongeren)是一位聲音探險家,長期關注藝術與科學領域之間的協同作用。作為一位自學而成的音樂家,他參與多項戲劇、音樂與舞蹈製作和錄音。為荷蘭萊登大學表演藝術學博士。現任國立政治大學講師。
www.fusica.nl/biography

「與聲音同在為我帶來這麼多的喜悅。我在這裡找到我的自我。我應該要唱出來,為你而唱,讓你知道你帶給我有多少。」
新竹的Sky

「很喜歡聲音自由地、自發地流出的狀態。我雖是唱者,同時我也是聽者。我聽著聲音從我的口中流出~自然的流出~聲音是靈魂的語言,有些東西無法用語言和文字來表達。我覺得泛唱可以打開許多未知和不可知。」
三重的Amano

「這兩年接觸了聲音瑜伽和共鳴,老師的溫和及不急不徐,讓我願意嘗試,運用這個身體和聲音,可以打開一個更大的世界,而吵雜的噪音也可能變得有趣。只要用老師引導的方式,回到身體、進入呼吸之流,不費力的,緊張逐漸卸下。一旦人放鬆了,心也開始變得自由,遊戲本能甦醒,就讓自己的聲音成為聽見自己的陪伴。老師的無為而為又溫柔堅定的帶領,讓我碰觸對喉嚨和身體的緊縮,於是知道怎麼讓它再度打開。」
台北的Nancy

Explore the hidden dimensions of the human voice.
Make music with overtones and new timbres.
Listen to the world and to yourself with new ears.
Learn how to use your voice as a powerful tool for transformation and better communication.

By taking time to breathe and to listen to all the ways in which the body and the world resonates, we open up an amazing path of discovery and creative, therapeutic learning. – Mark van Tongeren

What impressed us is the way of your teaching … subtle, perceptual, respective, creative, fun and updated. Thank you sincerely. – Una Kao

YOU, YOUR VOICE, AND YOUR BEING
How to find your own voice? How to be who you are? How not to be who you are, but to become someone else? Someone you wish to be?

How to feel your whole being resonating, alive, complete …. to feel at ease with yourself, and to be completely YOU while in the presence of others? To meet others around you who can also be themselves, without acting nicely, or keeping up appearances?

In Mark van Tongeren’s R E S O N A N C E course, music, and most of all, the human voice, is the foremost instrument to achieve precisely that goal. To reach into the greatest depths of your soul, to stir your mind and your thinking, even to change your physical body. To bring all these disparate ‘parts’ of ‘a single self’ together in a fully resonating whole, a symphony of vibrations, pulses, frequencies.

The backbone of this training program is the overtone singing technique. Overtones are like a world of their own residing within the timbres of your voice. You will deeply immerse yourself in the fundamental harmonic laws of musical sound We will come back again and again to change the way we listen and vocalise, opening up to the hidden dimension of overtones, the harmonics that our voices and ears know well but our minds know not. In an experiential and personalised way you will learn to express yourself better, using a fuller range and spectrum of your voice.

 

FOR WHOM?
We have welcomed all kinds of people in the R e s o n a n c e course, from white-collar workers and school teachers to art students and creative professionals, from computer experts to yoga teachers and people with voice problems, from male afficionadoes of Mongolian and Tuvan khöömei to classically trained soprano’s.
This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in or sensitivity for sound as a creative principle. and those seeking more balance in their live.
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.

 

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

PRICES, DISCOUNTS and BENEFITS
The price per participant is 17.500 NT$ for ten classes. The following discounts apply (only one per person):
* Students and seniors with valid identity cards for the duration of the course: 25 %.
* Early birds: 15 % if you register before October 20. Extended to November 5!
* Payment in smaller increments is possible.

TESTIMONIALS
So much happiness and joy of being with you.
And it’s where I find ME.
I should sing it. Sing it for you.
To let you know how much you give me.
Sky from Hsinchu

I really enjoy sound flowing out freely and impulsively. Although I am the singer, I am also the listener, I hear sound coming out of my mouth, naturally flowing.
I feel sound is the language of the soul, something language cannot express.
I really wish to learn overtone singing.
I feel overtone singing opens up some unknown and unfathomable territories.
Amano from Hsinchu


YOUR GUIDE
Mark van Tongeren is a vocal performer working at the intersection of art and science. He has 25 years of experience in music and intermedial performance and holds a PhD in artistic research. He has traveled to the Altai, Mediterranean isles and Tibetan monasteries to learn from established masters. He is an international authority on the technique of overtone singing, both as a performer and author. He has taught at TNUA’s Music and Theatre Departments (2003-2004), National Chengchi University’s X-Lab (2012 – now) and at Canjune. He frequently collaborates with composers, improvisers, musicians and dancers in and outside Taiwan. He teaches and co-leads tours for Canjune and will lead the second musical tour to Tuva (Siberia) in Summer 2018.

Full biography: www.fusica.nl/biography

10 days from December 24, 2017 to April 2018
10 AM – 17:30 PM.
Place: CanJune Training Centre, Daan Area.
4F, #3 , Lane 151, Fuxing S Rd. Sec. 2.

Registrations for the course or requests for the digital brochure:
In Chinese: ly.sunny.chen@gmail.com/ 0912-024-285 CHEN Sunny
In English: info@fusica.nl / 0910 382 749 Mark van Tongeren

 

Photo credit: Yi Ching Juan, Mark van Tongeren, Jiji Liu

 

Improvise! With Koichi Makigami

中文請往下>>>

This afternoon is for anyone interested in improvising with sound and music, from professionals (voice/instruments) to absolute beginners. Makigami Koichi is one of the special international guests for the second Taiwan International Improvisation Music Festival, doing several gigs around Taipei in this week.

Mr. Koichi is a master at manipulating groups of musicians, from absolute beginners to the most experienced professionals, and to let them create something never heard or seen before.

Powerful yet playful, with a body-language that is at once authorative and disheartening, Makigami Koichi could even turn a group of meek lambs into a fantastic bleeting-orchestra.

This man is breathing music and you cannot help breathing along with him, so that music, noise and theatrical antics will start to pour out of every pore of your skin.

As a (former) avant-rock star, an extremely versatile vocalist, the bandleader of Hikashu for almost 40 years, and as a multi-instrumentalist, Makigami has steered through numerous Japanese musical landscapes. He redefined the horizon of music in Japan, and far beyond.

Most of all, he understands group dynamics and, with few words, can guide people who never met before through a diverse musical landscape.

We asked him for the requirements of those who are going to join.
He dryly replied “no technique”.
Any styles people should know or play?
“No styles”.

Musicians, non-musicians:
it’s Mr. Koichi’s first visit to Taiwan.
Join this unique event.
You will not regret it.

【卷上公一即興工作坊】

https://www.accupass.com/event/1710270829532029014404

這個下午是給所有對聲音跟音樂即興有興趣的人,開放給所以有專業(聲音或樂器)音樂家及初學者。卷上公一是第二屆台灣國際即興音樂節邀請的國際特別來賓之一,這週,他在台北帶來了一些演出。

卷上公一是一位帶領團體的音樂大師,能夠同時帶領初學者和最有經驗的專業音樂人一起創造,讓他們創出從來沒聽過或看過的音樂。

充滿能量卻又有玩耍的跳躍的性格,加上他的肢體語言中的權威和份量,卷上公一可以使一群害羞的羔羊變成一個狂響的交響樂團。

這個人的呼吸就是音樂,而你會不得不開始跟著他一起呼吸。如此,音樂、聲響跟戲劇性的表現會開始由你的每個毛孔開始傾到而出。

作為一個(前)前衛搖滾歌星,歌藝精湛歌者,Hikashu近40年的團長,以及熟悉多種樂器的音樂家,卷上公一經歷了日本音樂界的很多風景。他重新畫設了日本音樂的地平線,而他的影響力也遠遠超過了日本的地理範疇。

最重要的是他對團體的理解,而可以用幾個字就讓從未見面的一群人跨越許多不同的音樂風景。

當我們問他參與學員的條件時?
他直說了「不需要技巧」。
關於風格的問題?
「不用風格」。

這是卷上公一第一次來台灣開課!
加入吧,你絕不會後悔!

限制條件:

時間:
11/26 星期日,14:00-17:00
13:30開門,14:00開始

地點:
愛雷克雅維克實驗室
100 台北市濟南路一段7號

學費
單人    每人1500 NT$
六人團體票 每人1200 NT$
學生/長者 每人1000NT$
https://www.accupass.com/event/1710270829532029014404

REQUIREMENTS:
None

DATE/TIME:
Sunday November 26, 14:00-17:00
Doors open at 13:30, workshop starts at 14:00.

PLACE:
Reykjavik Lab
No. 7, Section 1, Jinan Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 10051

PRICE AND TICKETS:
NT$ 1000 (group ticket), 1200 (discount), 1500 (normal)
https://www.accupass.com/event/1710270829532029014404

BIOGRAPHICAL
Makigami Koichi is a renowned vocal performer and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing around the world for years. He rose to fame as the singer of the New Wave/rock band Hikashu in 1979. Soon thereafter the band sought more freedom, incorporating elements of spontaneity and improvisation into their music.

With some changes, Koichi and his collective continue to play a significant role in the cross-over field of rock-jazz-improvisation in Japan and around the world, with recent tours in Europe, Australia and the US.

Besides solo work, Makigami played with prominent jazz/experimental/avant-garde musicians like Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Ikue Mori and Fred Frith. He has visited Tuva/Siberia since the early 1990s and organised many tours and published CDs of Tuvan and Altai music in Japan. He is also a co-producer and the main curator of the avant-garde jazz festival Jazz Art Sengawa in Tokyo.

OTHER EVENTS with KOICHI MAKIGAMI
2nd Taiwan International Improvised Music Festival
https://www.facebook.com/pg/tiimf2015/events/

6 Hong Kong workshops in January 2018

(Link to Chinese version)

 

In January I will be visiting the great team of Soundtherapy Hong Kong again to teach various workshops around the theme “hidden dimensions of the human voice.” There are 6 themes to chose from – or you can do them all:

Workshop 1: Breath, Prana & Movement

Workshop 2: Sound Journey, Ocean of Voices 

Workshop 3: Art of listening

Workshop 4: Polyphony of the body

Workshop 5&6 : Inner Voice & Outer Voice

 

All workshops are either morning (10 am – 1 pm) or afternoon (2:30-5:30 pm), in Causeway Bay / WanChai.

More details + registration on the Soundtherapy Hong Kong website here and on Facebook.

 

 

Hong Kong Vertical Horizon by RJL

Hong Kong image Vertical Horizon by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who published the photobook Vertical Horizon.

Singing with the Bunun

Recently my Resonance students – plus a few guests – joined the second Sound Journey. The first Sound Journey was about the Art of Listening, in Hsinchu. This time, we delved into musical traditions in an outdoor camping/guesthouse site in Puli, with fantastic views of the valleys and mountains of Nantou. The central event was a visit to the Bunun village of Mingder, now called Naihunpu (formerly Naifubo) in the Bunun vernacular. Here we were warmly received by mainly elder people (mostly 50+) of this small community. I visited them for the first time in 2005, when I stayed there for a few days, talking to them and recording their songs on audio and video. I was introduced to them at that time by Dr. Wu Rung Shun, the well-known expert on Taiwanese indigenous music and a recordist/compiler of the most extensive collection of published recordings from Taiwan, The Music of the Aborigines on Taiwan Island Vol. 1-9.

The Music of the Aborigines on Taiwan Island, Vol. 1: The Bunun

The Music of the Aborigines on Taiwan Island, Vol. 1: The Bunun

 

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Recording the Bunun of Naihunpu in 2005 (they gave me their dress to wear for the occasion).

In 2005 I was struck by the Bunun’s music, their hospitality and their willingness to share their music, dance and wisdom with me. But I had no opportunity to follow up on my visit for a long time. Last year I finally returned, meeting some familiar faces  and quite a few new ones too. I wasn’t just interested to learn more about their music for myself; I thought it would also be great if my students had a chance to experience their music. After all this music is always polyphonic, and it is more interesting to learn it together. So I asked the Bunun leaders if we could come over one afternoon to learn from them, and they agreed. They pointed out that they had Wu Rung Shun’s students visiting and that it was not easy to learn their songs. We were slightly uncertain as to how satisfying this would be for both parties. They had never worked with a group like ours, that is, a group of students that did not study music at the academic level. Perhaps we would not be able to make much of their music ourselves?

We came prepared: all of us had listened to the CD the Bunun from this village had recently produced, with a selection of their repertoire. And the evening before I had talked about different vocal styles and techniques and practised these with the group. We had also tried a Kyrie from Corsica, a polyphonic Christian song that I deemed appropriate to learn during this Easter weekend.
BununSeated

We were warmly received by a large group of about twenty people who were all introduced to us, and we all introduced ourselves to them. They were clearly very willing and eager to teach us about their music and perform for us. They insisted to change to their full traditional regalia of dresses, pants, headbands, earrings and carry-on bags, so they looked fabulous. Surprisingly, what seemed to be newly-made handwoven vests, turned out to be actually quite old, and worn for many occasions throughout the years. They took great care to maintain it.
BununFullRegalia
After watching several pieces performed by them, I asked if we could mingle and spread out between them, men between men, women between women. That would allow my students to better hear that each individual sings something different. After all, in a recording you hear many voices, but you are not really able to find out how one particular voice moves around in the polyphonic network. They readily agreed and so we could hear at close range what different voices do: a completely different experience than hearing the whole song, played back from a CD. Ten years ago I also recorded Amis songs this way, moving between the singers so as to get a clear picture of different individual voices. It was very revealing! Suddenly the chords jump to life all around you, like some kind of enhanced-dolby-5.1-stereo – much better than that in fact.

BununMixedWithUs

The meeting continued with more singing, sitting between the Bunun, absorbing the richnes of their musical patterns and imitating them. They asked us to sing our Corsican Kyrie for them, which my students dared to do, even though they had only learned it the day before. It was an approriate thing to do, as the Bunun are Christians and were actually very busy this time of year preparing for next day’s Easter Sunday celebrations (later that night they still went to church to prepare for it).
BununKyriePresentation
Later on, we saw and heard the men sing the Pasi But But: the most famous of Bunun vocal pieces. It is so unique in the world of music that it is hard to come up with any parallel. When I first heard a recording of the Pasi But But some 20 years ago, I thought of the music of György Ligeti, the contemporary Hungarian composer whom I listened to quite a bit at that time. The slow, draggingly-ascending lines, curled up into each other, make up for a  confusing sound experience, unlike most other types of polyphony (I also listened to hundreds of music traditions around the world, but the Bunun piece resembled none of them).

Thanks – again – to Wu Rung Shun’s PhD thesis of 1995, the mystery of this piece was revealed in all its fantastic detail, including all the meanings, terms, spiritual messages and other practices associated with it. With him and his colleague Dr. Chung Mingder and students at the Taipei National University of Arts we tried the piece many times. We often got lost in the steadily increasing flow of microtonal changes; sometimes we had some degree of succes; it was always intense and exhausting.

PasiButBut2ndSinger

Singing the Pasi But But

We were lucky enough – at least the four males of our group – to be invited to join their Pasi But But after they had done it. Again, each man of our group was surrounded by other men, and each in one of the four pitch-groups, holding hands and twisting arms firmly behind our backs. With the guidance of the experienced Bunun men’s strong, certain voices, there was little risk of messing this piece up, and indeed the three other men who never did it before got through it alright.
Finally, we shared more food, excited talk and some wine, as well as some Jew’s harp and mouth-bow playing to conclude our acquaintance.

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Later that night, after we returned to the house on the mountain slope where we stayed, our group members unanimously rejoiced in this learning experience. Each for themsleves, they had made very different discoveries. One heard new songs that she had never heard before from the Bunun. Another said it was revealing to sing while being surrounded by several elders. A third was thrilled to feel the powerful voice of an aged, yet virile singer next to her. Another found out that the Bunun do not simply hit some notes here and there, but make certain patterns and still structure their pieces even though they improvise. Yet another marvelled at hearing the Pasi But But at close range, which is so different form a concert performance at a distance. One of the men of our group understood much better how this song worked after being taught to sing it with them.

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My thanks to all the Bunun participants in the workshop, especially chief/chairman Diang Nangavulan (centre), Biling Demu (right) and Sani Sugluman (left).