Monthly Archives: March 2017

How to amplify your OVERTONES: Part 2/2


How to amplify your OVERTONES: Part 2/2

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How to sing OVERTONES: Part 1/2


How to sing OVERTONES: Part 1/2

CD “Sounds of Light – Overtone Singing Solo”…

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additional information to sing the vowel technique:
1. Relax
2. Hum a steady base note and allow the vibration to spread out through your whole body
3. Choose a vowel and sing it loud and strong, but relaxed
4. Practise to change one vowel into another in a gliding manner (try different vowels)
5. Go back and forth between u and e so slow as you can and listen carefully to the stepwise change of the sound
6. Try to reduce the speed more and more to hear the
subtle jumps of the harmonics better and better
7. Stop the flow of time like a film and sing a steady base note AND a steady overtone in the same time
8. Try to reproduce the changing of harmonics in small steps to learn the natural scale of harmonics
9. Start to sing little melodies with the overtones
10. Try to change the base note during singing overtones

PS: There are techniques to amplify the loudness of the overtones. I recommend to learn this vowel based technique at first to get better results.

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With best regards
Miroslav Grosser

LA VOCE ARTISTICA 2017, XI Edition – Ravenna 26 – 29 ottobre 2017



XI Edition – Ravenna 26 – 29 ottobre 2017

La Voce Artistica 2017


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Dear friends,

Here we are with the programme of our 11th edition of La Voce Artistica conference.

As you would remember, the conference was born from an idea of Franco Fussi in 1999, as a biennal experience unique of its kind. Drawing inspiration from La Voce Artistica, these events raised more and more interest towards voice education and professional care.

Once again this year, we are proud and excited to announce a great selection of speakers and artists, and we are confident that we will keep up with the quality level achieved in the previous edition. And this year again, as usual, the conference will be held at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna from October 26th to October 29th.

We will start by looking at the world of neurosciences applied to the perception and production of singing, with a particular attention for the intonation, held by prestigious international lecturers and neuroscientists such as Isabelle Peretz and Per-Ake Lindestad, and with a practical approach of Paola Folli and Francesco Rapaccioli. For the first time, we will deal with performers and space, with insights into postural and osteopathic rehabilitation issues. Serena Brancale will then be the protagonist of a one-man band performance. A short session, before the evening show will include the staging of two Baroque intermezzi with Peppe Barra as a special guest, will be devoted to Baroque vocality with maestro Aldo Tarabella, the composer, director and art director of Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, and with the participation of specialists in Baroque singing such as Sonia Prina, Monica Bacelli and Francesca Lombardi.

Friday will start with a long section on singers’ health problems, from how to manage menopause, to obesity and gastroesophageal reflux, the effects of pollution on vocal health, the side effects of medicines normally used by singers, to conclude with the presentation of some devices for vocal warm-up. Speakers will be phoniatricians and teachers from Italy, Mexico and the USA.

In the afternoon, we will offer you a relaxing moment in which we will interview few artists (Karima, Alessio Boni e Pietro Ghislandi) on the subject of interpretation and imitation. The following session will be on scat, with Gegè Telesforo and Maria Pia De Vito. We also succeeded in having with us two amazing emerging vocalists from the Indian vocal culture, who attained a totally new vocal mix by merging Indian vocality with jazz and beat-box.

Friday will terminate with an exciting session on the harmonic singing in the East and in the West, with two eminent representatives of the genre: Tran Quang Hai and Anna Maria Hefele.

anna maria hefele & tran quang hai

Anna Maria & Tran Quang Hai

Lisa Angelillo will delight us over our social dinner with her show devoted to great female stars of the past.

Saturday will start with a section on specific diagnostic issues, like emergency problems in singing, problems of infant choirs, diagnosis of dysodias and management of post-surgery recovery. The social role of music and singing will be dealt with in a session titled “The hidden keys of the voice”, with group experiences made by people with Down syndrome, oncological patients and detainees.

During the afternoon, a practical session by Michel Cerroni, vocal coach of the first edition of Notre-Dame de Paris, will be devoted to theatre music.

A broad session focusing on a cappella singing will follow, held by speakers such as Fausto Caravati, Anna Simioni, Ciro Caravano and a practical part with the great ensemble The Slix, from Germany. In the evening, this a cappella vocal group will challenge the Italian Neri Per Caso in an exciting duel of notes and harmonizations.

The meaning and practice of modern singing will open the Sunday morning session with the participation of, among others, Franco Mussida and Red Ronnie, and with a sub-session on ear-monitors and on the importance of sound technicians. The following session will focus on some peculiarities of speech therapy rehabilitation in singing.

In the afternoon, we will learn about contemporary cultured vocality in ancient and modern singing, with artists such as John De Leo and Nicholas Isherwood.

To conclude, an animated final session on “Voice effect”, on the theme of voice effects and technology for the voice.

As usual, great stuff! We look forward to having you here. Make your reservation in advance!

We’re waiting for you here, to give voice to the Voice!
Click here to visit the conference website to register, click on “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO THE CONFERENCE”;

Informations at:
La Voce Artistica Organizing Secretariat 
Ravenna Incoming Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Via delle Industrie, 14 – 48121 Ravenna Italy
phone+39 0544 421247 fax +39 0544 597250

Obertonseminar mit Tran Quang Hai Samstag, 01. April 2017, Berlin GERMANY



Obertonseminar mit Tran Quang Hai
Samstag, 01. April 2017
1000 – 1800

Die Familie von Tran Quang Hai ist bereits in der fünften Generation durch Musiker geprägt. Sein Vater, Tran Van Khe, war ein bekannter Musiker, der sich wie kaum ein anderer mit der vietnamesischen Musik auseinandergesetzt hat. In Südvietnam geboren studierte Tran Quang Hai am Konservatorium von Saigon und dem Centre d’Etudes de Musique Orientale in Paris. Seit 1968 war er Mitglied des CNRS-Forschungsteams des Departement de Musicologie am Musee de l’Homme in Paris. Gemeinsam mit Hugo Zemp produzierte er den ethnomsuikalischen Film „Le Chant des Harmoniques“ (1989), der internationale Preise gewann.

Tran Quang Hai ist ausgebildeter Performer traditioneller fernöstlicher Musik mit nativen Instrumenten. Weiterhin ist er Komponist, Autor und Herausgeber zahlreicher Publikationen. Er ist unter anderem bei Yves Herwan-Chotards „Les Tambours 89“ zum 200. Jahrestag der Französischen Revolution, Nicolas Frizes „La Composition Francaise“, beim Festival von Saint Denis 1991 und dem internationaslen Festival „Chant de George Khoomei“ in Kyzyl und Tuva 1995 aufgetreten.

Er befasst sich schon seit vielen Jahren mit ethno-musikalischen und physiologischen Aspekten des Oberrtonsingens.


Samstag 01. April 2017
1000 – 1300 Obertonseminar
1300 – 1500 Pause
1500 – 1800 Obertonseminar (Fortsetzung)

Kosten: € 85,-
Anzahlung von € 40,- auf das Konto
Thang Nghiem
IBAN: DE22 1007 0024 0153 7232 00
max. 15 Teilnehmer

Berlin-Schöneberg der genaue Ort wird noch bekanntgegeben
0176 – 57 88 09 19
0151 – 23 26 82 22
030 – 782 63 94

Der Kurs wird in Englisch abgehalten; wir bitten um Verständnis dafür, dass nicht übersetzt wird, um den Ablauf nicht zu stören.

thang nghiem & tran quang hai

Thang Nghiêm & Tran Quang Hai

workshop in Berlin

Trân Quang Hai & participants of his workshop in Berlin, 2016.


Beethoven “Ode to Joy” with Overtone Singing (MRI) – see what happens inside the mouth


Beethoven “Ode to Joy” with Overtone Singing (MRI) – see what happens inside the mouth

Published on May 19, 2016

The famous Ode to Joy (Freude schöner Götterfunken) in occidental throat singing style by Wolfgang Saus.

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What you see in this amazing dynamic MRI (MRT) is the tongue movement building up double resonances along the melody line of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Overtone singing is based on bringing together the second and third resonance frequency of the vocal trakt (also referred to as “formants”) on one frequency to enhance the loudness of a single overtone in the vocal sound spectrum. The second formant is controlled by the root of the tongue together with the epiglottis. The third formant is ruled by the space under the tongue, which is bigger than it seems in the video. Overtone singing is a constantly fine adjustment of the two resonance cavities.

It’s not easy to record (and sing) sound in the very noisy environment of a MRT (MRI). The team in Freiburg developed highly specialized equipment for recording and filtering. Nevertheless, the sound is of course not HiFi.

MRT footage with kind permission and many thanks to:
University Medical Center Freiburg
Medical Physics Dept. of Radiology &
Institut for Musicians’ Medicine
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Richter
Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Hennig
Prof. Dr. Matthias Echternach

Jill Purce discusses overtone chanting: Space Sound Voice documentary


Jill Purce discusses overtone chanting: Space Sound Voice documentary

Published on Mar 6, 2015

This is an excerpt of Jill Purce speaking on overtone chanting from the documentary Raum Klang Stimme (Space Sound Voice) by filmmaker Minghao Xu.

The film takes us on a quest for the origins of harmonics, giving us insight in our amazing ability to sing harmonics. Not only a varied range of international harmonic singers is introduced, but also the scientific side is well presented, resulting in an inspiring journey through the world of sound.

The full documentary is here:…