“The world is not for beholding; it is made for hearing.” (Jacques Attali, Bruits/Noise, 1977)
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.
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
Sat 27th of September
Sat 25th of October
Sat 22th of November
Sun 27th of December
Sat 24th of January
Sat 14th of March
Sat 11th + Sun 12th of April
Sat 16th of May
Sat 13th of June
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (in any Western language) or to email@example.com (in Mandarin). Or call Canjune Spa 02 – 27721801 and ask for Angela.