Festival Transverbal


A gong resounds on the groundfloor of a spa. Through the mezzanine situated at the spa’s glass façade, its sound waves travel to the basement, where a voice answers the gong. A multi-level dialogue begins, in more than one sense of the word. Instruments and voices, audience and performers mingle in a unique sound-space-event that tests the limits of music, mind & body.

Festival Transverbal is dedicated to the memory and legacy of the German multi-medial artist Michael Vetter, who passed away, aged 70, on December 7, 2013. It bridges an ongoing search for sound’s soothing inner secrets with its more expressive post-modern/avant-garde forms.

Expect voices, singing bowls, sheng (mouth organ), a gong, performers moving through the space, an immersive 60-minute sonic surrounding. Talk to or play with the musicians afterwards!

Through this Festival we keep alive the spirit and works of Michael Vetter, who inspired many musicians, artists, and other individuals along his extremely versatile and moving career in Europe and Asia. Michael Vetter had an incredible output of art works (starting at age 5); compositions, LPs/CDs; tours and performances; and educational methods for (experimental) flute, voice and instruments, among many other things. His musical career spanned the period from his late school years (early 1960s) until the months before his death (september 2013), when he worked on pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen that many musicians have played and performed piecemeal, while none really gave them a try in their entirety. Thus, shortly after his death, Natascha Nikeprelevic, Vetter’s foremost successor, and Stockhausen Verlag worked on the publication of Expo, one of Stockhausen’s scores with pluses and minuses (+ -) as guiding points. Vetter recorded it with Nikeprelevic and FX Randomiz 8 weeks before he passed away. (The CD appeared in May of this year, listen here).

Expo cover

Michael Vetter’s visit to Taiwan, together with Natascha Nikprelevic, left a great impression on those who had the chance to see/hear them or work with them, during their residency at the Taipei National University of Arts, where Chung Minder from the Theatre Department invited them.

Michael Vetter always straddled the paths outside clear-cut styles, usually combining elements from here and there, and most of all relying on his own experimental genius to create fresh insights and sounds at every moment. His long-time affiliation with zen in Japan and outspoken zen themes in the 1980s aliened him from some of his former avant-garde colleagues, who shied away from (or were not interested in) anything to do with Eastern “spirituality”. However, looking back on his life in its entirety, it is clear that Vetter was dedicated to creative imagination and disciplined, daily musical and artistic rituals, above anything else. For Vetter, the world itself was constantly exploding with creation, unfolding, coming-into-existence, into a myriad forms, colours, sounds. He observed this world with intelligence, humor, commitment and compassion. His love and dedication to the arts and existence (‘Dasein’) as a whole was the starting point for his creative response to them. Or rather, it seemed he was able to let creative forces take their course through him, as a critical, subtle moderator.

Michael Vetter making Indian ink drawings, Academia Caparaia, Italy, 2009

Michael Vetter making Indian ink drawings, Academia Caparaia, Italy, 2009

It is in this spirit of capturing the uniqueness of every meeting (between performers, with a certain space and with a certain audience, at a given time) that we want to inaugurate a Festival which we hope to repeat in following years.

We prepared this Transverbal Festival in collaboration with Canjune Spa and Nicole’s Creative agency. It will be held on Sunday, November 16 at Canjune Spa. There are two identical concerts, you can join us either in the afternoon (3 PM) or in the evening (7 PM). The participants are Hans de Back, Lu Chi-Chung and Lee Wei-Lin, Li Li-Chin and Mark van Tongeren, and probably a few more musical assistants.

For more information and tickets, please follow this link to accupass.

Limited number of tickets!

Please also note that there will be a limited number of seats in the space, and limited storage space for your bags. Do not bring your own food/drinks.

We believe this concert will be less suitable for young children.

Sainkho Namtchylak returns to Taipei

sainkho- DOM Moscow 2005-
Tuvan folksong / extended vocal techniques / throat singing-diva Sainkho performs once again in Taiwan. Sainkho was born in Soviet-era Tuva, in a Siberian outpost within eyesight of Mongolia. She developed more than average singing skills and during the late 1980s she took advantage of the political/cultural reformations (perestroika) to set out on an innovative career that soon put her in the international ranks of outstanding, progressive singers.

She moved to Austria in 1994, and was begged to come back to Tuva by president Sholban Kara-ool this month, while she visited Tuva.

She established her name with sweat and original interpretations of Tuvan songs in the early 1990s and experimental work. Nowadays much of Sainkho’s output is ecclectic, avant-garde, with an electrifying, ear-catching aura to it. She is an amazingly busy and energetic performer, who constantly travels the world to collaborate with ever new musicians, pouring out CD after CD, and re-inventing herself every year.

Exactly ten years ago, she gave a memorable concert in Zhongshan Hall, and a throat singing workshop in TNUA (reported in Chung Mingder’s book OM. Overtone singing as meditation). At that time she brought with her German Popov, an old friend of mine from Amsterdam (born in the Ukraine), and singer/guitarist Caspar David Sacker from Austria. I am happy to see that this time she works with a local musician (and again a friend of mine), the Taipei-based pianist Lee Shih-Yang. Also taking part will be Dickson Dee, a Hong Kong sound artist.

This concert is highly recommended for all people interested in Tuvan/Mongolian music, throat singing and new vocal techniques. When I spread this message through my Fusica newsletter there were still tickets left. Now there aren’t…  But I had reserved a bunch of tickets for the students of my R E S O N A N C E  course through Lee Shih-Yang. If you are interested respond quick (reply below) and I can see if he still has a ticket for the October 5 show for you . Tickets are 500 NT$ minus a little discount. Hope to see you there!

2014新點子樂展Innovation Series – 人聲風景「即興篇」
SoundScape-Improvisation Across the Horizon


Videolink Youku

Experimental Theatre

October 4 19:00

October 5, 14:30

Breath-performance @ Red Room Aside


Tonight I am going to do a short ‘breath performance’ at a special edition of Red Room, the monthly event in the Aveda kitchen hosted by Chu Ping and Roma and Manav Mehta. The breath is a central focus of my performances, sometimes in the foreground, always in the background. And I thought the news of the passing away, on August 20 2014, of Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (or simply ‘B.K.S.’) Iyengar would be a fitting occasion to start and end the performance using special breathing techniques.

Aside 6 Invite


Iyengar was instrumental in bringing yoga to the west in the 1950s and began to adapt it to the different lifestyles of American practitioners. Though he received criticism for changing the one-to-one transmission to a group practice and using physical tools such as woodblocks and straps, there can be no doubt that his methods have been a great success and have benefited hundreds of thousands of people in the West. And one can certainly not say that he himself was not fully part of the tradition, as an early video of him with is his own guru Tirumalai Krishnamacharya demonstrated. This is the full version of the 1938 film, but you can find several shorter sequences on Youtube.

It was Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who traveled India to promote hatha yoga and its associated practices and philosophies and thus began the revival which then crossed over to other parts of the world.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya shortly before his death in 1988, aged 100

One may certainly include me in the league of teachers who misinterpret yoga or use its name for purposes other than its original intentions. But I do not agree with those criticasters who deplore what Iyengar has done. I think yoga is a fantastic practice and profound philosophy that can benefit people in many different ways. Indians should be proud to see so many people around the world doing some form of yoga or yoga-derived practices today.

I am very often in favor of traditional practices above modern forms myself, for example when it comes to indigenous music. But the modernisation and adaption process is irreversible and in the case of yoga, even those not-so-dedicated practitioners like myself learn things and solve problems that you can not learn otherwise (I struggled with lower-backache for many years; physiotherapies did not solve it but hatha yoga did).

So to thank and honour Mr. Iyengar I will begin tonight’s performance with a very extended, silent inhale and finish with a very extended, resounding exhale.

If you are curious, read more about Iyengar in the Washington Post and on The Atlantic.

聲音的【共鳴】工作坊 2014 – 2015


Dates for the first course (Group One):

2014.09.27    saturday

2014.10.25    saturday

2014.11.23    sunday / 週日 (changed from Saturday 22)

2014.12.28  sunday / 週日

2015.01.24    saturday

2015.03.14    saturday

2015.04.11 &12  saturday/sunday 週六、日連續兩天

2015.05.16    saturday

2015.06.13    saturday

Dates for the second course (Group Two):

2014.10.19       sunday / 週日

2014.11.1            saturday

2014.12.13      saturday

2015.01.4        sunday / 週日

2015.02.7            saturday

2015.03.21         saturday

2015.04.18          saturday

2015.05.9/10    saturday/sunday 週六、週日連續兩天

2015.06.6           saturday


聲音的共鳴_中文Resonance Yeargroup Chinese

聲音的【共鳴】 工作坊

2014 – 2015





【共鳴】 何謂共鳴?






2014.09.20  週六


早場 10:00 -12:00 / 午場 14:00 – 16:00



2014.09.27  週六   10:00 – 17:00




2014.10.25  週六      10:00 – 17:00


2014.11.22 週六     10:00 – 17:00


2014.12.28  週日     10:00 – 17:00


2015.01.24  週六     10:00 – 17:00


2015.03.14   週六     10:00 – 17:00

泛靈巫師信仰:緊縮的喉嚨、豐沛的自然界、無止的天空。聲音的易變、現實的易變。 音樂會排練(二)

2015.04.11 &12   週六、週日連續兩天         10:00 – 17:00



2015.05.16 週六       10:00 – 17:00



2015.06.13   週六        10:00 – 17:00


心得分享。關於「技巧」的一些結語。聲音作為宇宙的核心 / 宇宙核心的聲音。












  • 梵唱
  • 葛利果聖歌
  • 泛靈與薩滿文化信仰
  • 民俗音樂
  • 即興樂
  • 西方神秘主義作曲家
  • 聲音治療








2014.12.27  週日



2015.04.11 &12  週六、日連續兩天










【 報名】



  • 課程用書 / 音樂CD

《泛音詠唱》Overtone Singing (英文)作者:馬克老師

  • 課程延伸閱讀的資料光碟
  • 課堂講義









0933-178-272 李小姐

(02)2772-1801 安琪拉/肯園香覺戲體











Mvt by YiJin Hsieh

馬克老師(Mark van Tongeren),原籍荷蘭,是一名融合藝術與科學的資深聲音表演工作者。在藝術表演上他著重音樂的戲劇表現性,合作對象包含即興創作者、作曲家、音樂家(馬友友、台灣原住民音樂家)、舞者和視覺藝術工作者。近期參與作品為 驫舞劇團《裝死》於國家戲劇院的演出。他同時也是位民族音樂學家, 長年旅居阿爾泰、地中海、西藏深入研究當地音樂,向大師學習, 並得到國際知名圖瓦喉唱團體(Huun Huur Tu)真傳 。鑽研南西伯利亞、圖瓦、蒙古和西藏等地區的民族音樂。2013年以藝術表演研究取得荷蘭萊登大學音樂學博士。所著《泛音詠唱》Overtone Singing書+CD涵蓋泛音唱法的各個層面。擁有25年海內外音樂教學經驗, 曾任教於台北藝術大學戲劇學系(2003-2004客座講師),政治大學創意實驗室(2012-2014) ,肯園香氣私塾「聲音瑜珈」(2013-)。近年來與荷蘭頌缽傳奇Hans de Back舉辦多場音樂會,並開始接觸聲音治療的領域。目前與其妻溫佑君以及他們的兩位小孩定居於台灣。

Voice Yoga dates 2014



In this class we use the voice in its immense richness, not only as a musical instrument, but as our primary tool to communicate and exist through/with/for/from sound. In Voice Yoga, sound, silence and resonance become a mirror for the self. The sounds produced by ourselves,  allows us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside us. In ever-growing cycles of creating and perceiving we learn about music and sound, about ourselves and about the environment. A ‘quintessence of science, sound and self’ as I  called it in my book Overtone Singing.



JANUARY 9, 16, 23, 28

FEBRUARY     13, 20, 27

MARCH         6, 13, 27

APRIL         3, 10, 17, 24

MAY         1, 8, 15, 22, 29

JUNE     5, 12, 19

AUGUST     21, 28

SEPTEMBER      4, 11, 18, 25

OCTOBER     2, 9, 16, 23, 30

NOVEMBER     6, 13, 27  [no class on November 20]

DECEMBER     4, 11, 18, 25


Canjune Training Centre, 4th Floor, number 3 , Lane 151, Fuxing South Road, Section 2, (this is about 20 meters from the corner of FuXing South Road, go up the stairs to the hairdresser and take the elevator to 4F; if you’re early the streetdoor may be closed). Nearest MRT: Technology Building (10 min. walk). Telephone training centre: 02 – 27 00 72 91.


Please notify us of your intention to join the class, by sending a text-message (SMS) with your name to 09-10  38 27 49.

For those unfamiliar with Voice Yoga, the information about Voice of Dao posted earlier still stands.


R e s o n a n c e 2014-15

Due to high demand a second  R E S O N A N C E  course of 10 classes will be organised.

Confirmed new dates for the second course:

2014.10.19       10 – 17

2014.11.1              10 – 17

2014.12.13       10 – 17

2015.01.4          10 – 17

2015.02.7              10-17

2015.03.21            10 – 17

2015.04.18             10 – 17

2015.05.9/10   weekend/two days    10 – 17

2015.06.6                10 – 17



“The world is not for beholding; it is made for hearing.” (Jacques Attali, Bruits/Noise, 1977)

 Download the full program as a pdf: Resonance_Yeargroup_English  (in the new tab, click again on the red link that appears).

Do you want to discover hidden dimensions of your voice, of yourself and of the physical vibrations that surround you and shape you? Does music touch you deeply, and do you wish your own voice could touch deeply too? Do you believe that music and sound are somehow powerful tools for transformation, and that you should know more about it?

Then join R E S O N A N C E   and discover the hidden dimensions of your voice!

R e s o n a n c e ?

When you shout a tone into a piano, many strings stretched on the soundboard inside the piano will start to resonate with your voice, creating an echo-like effect. When you beat a drum near your body, you can sometimes feel its pulse in your bones. When you train yourself, you can perceive many more subtle effects of vibrations. In general, when one body picks up the vibrations of another body in motion, we call it resonance.

The title of this course — R e s o n a n c e — refers to such interactions of sounds and other vibrations.   R e s o n a n c e   teaches you to better use and understand the power of your voice and ears, to be more sensitive to sound and resonance. As a human being, your voice and your own hearing of your voice already comprises a feedback loop, but one that very few people use in a conscious way. With   R e s o n a n c e   you will learn to tap into the hidden potential of making sounds (speaking, chanting, singing), listening to sound and ultimately, becoming senstive to your deeper ‘inner voice’.

To allow the many sounds (inside and outside) to resonate with each other in a more balance way takes time, because in our rushed world we want to do too much all the time. R e s o n a n c e   is an invitation not to force yourself to ‘master’ or control something, but to step back, to open up the doors of perception, and to hear and see what’s there. Therefore this course invites you to give yourself ten months time to incorporate new ways of practising with your voice, to absorb new ideas and understand the paramount role of sound in a world that bombards us with images and distractions. After each sessions you have about four weeks to practise, read and make new observations. Students are encouraged to set up a physical or virtual reading/singing group to deepen their experience and exchange knowledge.

Overtone singing

The backbone of this training program is the overtone singing technique. You will deeply immerse yourself in the fundamentals of musical sound, the harmonics that our voices and ears know well but our mind knows not. You will acquire expert knowledge and skills about the resonance of your voices from a technical point of view, using a variety of means from exercises to powerpoint presentations and audio-software. Not in the abstract, but in an experiential and personalised way. These specific instructions will be enhanced by methods to learn to express yourself better emotionally and freely, using the full range and colours of your voice. Parallel to this you will be informed about ‘ecologies’ of sound and music. In other words, ancient and modern sound practices around the world that can help you to have a healthier way of life and a more musical way of being.

Dates, times and location

Meetings are mostly on Saturdays, from 10 to 17 o’ clock, and sometimes on Sunday. They take place at the Canjune Training Centre, 4F, no. 3, Lane 151, Fuxing South Road, Section 2, Daan, Taipei. Tel. 02 – 27 00 72 91

Exact dates:


Sat 27th  of September         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 25th  of October         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 22th    of November         10:00 – 17:00

Sun 28th  of December         10:00 – 17:00


Sat 24th    of January         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 14th    of March         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 11th + Sun 12th   of April         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 16th    of May         10:00 – 17:00

Sat 13th    of June         10:00 – 17:00

Methods and subjects for the course

A detailed course schedule will be presented on the free trial classes on September 20, or is available on request. Here are some keywords to get an idea of what we practise and discuss in these 10 musical meetings.

* learning little-known vocal techniques

* do listening exercises

* do various meditation exercises

* watch your voice through the computer

* do body-mind work

* group chanting

* intuitively explore choral arrangements

* explore the many timbres of voices

* learn about related practices in/by

  • Buddhist chant
  • Christian prayers
  • Animistic and shamanistic cultures
  • Therapists and healers
  • Contemporary composers from the West
  • Traditional music
  • Improvised music


The course will be conducted in English. Depending on the students, an interpreter will be present to summarise or translate (parts of) the course into Mandarin.


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.


There are several ways to pay course fees. For those with a regular income or stipend, we give a suggested fee for the ten classes, plus some discount options. If the cost is too high, it is possible to make a donation according to spending power, as long as you show a strong motivation and invest enough time into your practise. We also welcome participants or outsiders to do a donation above the suggested course fee, which will go into organising and promoting free concerts and demonstrations of (part of ) our group and translating parts of the book Overtone Singing.

Each student receives:

  • The book/CD Overtone Singing (in English), by the teacher
  • A special CD with study materials for this course
  • Hand-out materials to read, during the course.

The suggested price per participant is 15.000 NT$ for ten classes. The following discounts apply (only one per person):

25 %: Students and seniors with valid identity cards for the duration of the course

15 % Early birds: if you register before August 20
early bird discount is extended to September 1!


If you want to register, we will ask you to make a downpayment of 50 % of the total fee. Email us your name, address, banking details and total fee. You will receive payment instructions.

The second payment of 50% may be paid before December 31st 2014.

Cancellation policy: registrations are for the whole year. It is not possible to do only part of the course. Once you start the course you will commit yourself to finish it. If you wish to cancel your pre-registration before the start of the course, we will withhold 5% administration charges.

Number of participants

To ensure that each student gets personal guidance, there is a maximum of 12 participants. The minimum number of participants is 6.

Certification and future training

We will collectively discuss everyone’s musical progress in a spirit of openness. It is possible that more advanced courses will be set up in the future for those who wish to learn more. For this and other purposes, it is possible to receive a proof of participation from Fusica at the end of the year.

Your guide

Mark van Tongeren by Yi-Jin Hsieh

Mark van Tongeren by Yi-Jin Hsieh

Mark van Tongeren is a vocal performer working at the intersection of art and science. In his artistic work he emphasises performance/theatrical aspects of music and collaborates with improvisers, composers as well as dancers and visual artists, most recently in ‘Play Dead’ with Biao (National Theatre). He is also an ethnomusicologist specialised in the music of South-Siberia, Mongolia and Tibet. Based on artistic performance research, he received a PhD from Leiden University in 2013. His book+CD Overtone Singing is a standard work covering many aspects of this singing technique. He is an independent teacher in Taiwan and abroad, amongst others at the X-Lab of ChengDa, and leads a weekly VoiceYoga class at the Aromatherapy Training Centre of CanJune. In recent years he began performing with Dutch singing bowl legend Hans de Back and developed an interest in the therapeutic aspects of sound. Currently one of his main interests is to teach people to enjoy sound as a path of self-discovery and a source of knowledge.

He lives in Taiwan with his wife June Wen and their two children.

INTERESTED? JOIN A FREE TRIAL CLASS ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20, IN THE MORNING (10-12) OR AFTERNOON (14-16) at the Canjune Training Centre. No need to register, just walk in.

You may also direct your questions to (in any Western language) or to (in  Mandarin). Or call Canjune Spa 02 – 2772 1801 and ask for Angela.

Hong Kong overtone singing workshop


Hong Kong Vertical Horizon by RJL

Hong Kong Vertical Horizon by RJL

Next month, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September, I’ll be in Hong Kong to teach a workshop of overtone singing. We will work with themes such as breathing, resonance, vowels, sound meditation, healing potential of the voice, and of course overtone singing techniques. In other words, a fine, balanced combination of factual knowledge about vibration and sound as an energy tool and exercises and meditations to develop your senses and connect deeper with your entire being through sound.

On Day 1 we forget everyting we know about sound and voice and  make a fresh start. Surprisingly, by doing less than we normally do, we notice more – and begin to know more. We return to a primary knowledge at the centre of the body-mind. You explore the hidden dimensions of your  voice through new techniques of hearing, sounding and singing.

Mark vocalising to Hans de Back's gong playing, June 2014

Mark vocalising to Hans de Back’s gong playing, June 2014

On Day 2  we continue to connect deeper and wider with the sounding  body within. We explore more techniques to sing overtones and can begin to hear them in our own mouths. By losing control of the voice, we find new paths of sound, which also means new paths of the self – a therapeutic experience. Experiencing yourself and others as musical human beings, you encounter new possibilities, new barriers, new connections …. Like Day 1, we end with a Q& A and a guided group improvisation.

More information and prices can be found on the blog of my Hong Kong host Jasmine Hui.

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