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JOHAN SUNDBERG, biography

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Johan Sundberg

Johan Sundberg (born in 1936, Ph.D. in musicology Uppsala University 1966, doctor honoris causae 1996 University of York, UK) had a personal chair in Music Acoustics at the department from 1979 to his retirement 2001. Since 2002 he is Visiting Professor at the University of London, UK.

He early became interested in the acoustical aspects of music, starting with a doctoral dissertation work on organ pipes. After the dissertation, singing voice and music performance have been his main research topics. He was the head of the music acoustics research group from 1970 to 2001. He has supervised or co-supervised 17 doctoral dissertations, 7 in medical faculties.

In Musikens Ljudlära Sundberg presents music acoustics in popularized form to the interested layman. The book Röstlära, 3rd edition 2001, presents an overview of research on the singing voice. As the President of the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Sundberg was editor or co-editor of twelve volumes in a series of proceedings of public seminars on music acoustic themes arranged in Stockholm since 1975.

Sundberg has also had extensive experience of performing music. For 24 years he was a member of the Stockholm Bach Choir, 9 years as its president. He has studied singing for Dagmar Gustafson and made his public debute with a Lieder recital on his 50th birthday. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, of the Swedish Acoustical Society (President 1976-81) and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

MICHAEL ORMISTON : biography, activities, UK

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Michael Ormiston has been composing, performing, teaching and writing about music for many years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently involved as a solo performer, in a duo with Candida Valentino and a member of Hyperyak, Intervolution, Harmonic Voicings, Mysterious Tremendum, Praying for the Rain, The Suns of Arqa , VAMP, music groups and part of Jem Finer’s Longplayer. His original compositions have been used on TV (BBC and Channel 4), Theatre (Theatre de Complicite), Dance, Anusha Subramanyam , Fabrice Mazliah (Ballet Frankfurt/Forsyth Company), Spiral Arts Dance and performance (London Jazz Festival). His throat singing has been used on Hollywood Films (The Golden Compass, We Were Soldiers), and TV (BBC’s acclaimed series Planet Earth, Last of the Medicine Men). He has performed globally including for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, The Venerable Choijampts, Head Abbot of Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Michael is also a radio programme researcher, writer and presenter, a traditional music reviewer (Songlines magazine), a workshop leader, teacher and researcher in Mongolian music. He is one of the principal workshop leaders and performers for Eye-Music’s Colourscape. And was awarded the colourscape Rawlinson commission for “Boundless Transformations” in cooperation with Candida and Eddy Sayer.   He it a Tutorfor, The British Academy of Sound Therapy and a member of the International Sound Healers Association

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Michael specializes in Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing, being one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii. He has been studying Khöömii since 1988, attending lectures by Dr Carole Pegg (Cambridge University), Tran Quang Hai (Muse de l’homme, Paris) and Dr Alan Dejaques (Lille University). He has travelled to Mongolia six times (1993/94/97/2000/05/6) where he studied Khöömii with Tserendavaa, Gereltsogt, Ganbold, Sengedorj, Tsogtbaatar, the “Cream” of Mongolia’s Khöömii singers. In 1994 Michael was given the blessing by Gereltsogt to teach the basic practices of Khöömii Singing. Since then he has given workshops, lectures and individual lessons worldwide and in the summer of 2002 Candida and Michael toured Europe with Tserendavaa who gave both of them his blessing to teach the basics of Mongolian Khöömii. In 2006 Michael was invited to perform in Mongolia with Mongolian throat singers as part of the 800th anniversary of the declaration of the Mongolian Empire.

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Michael has facilitated Khöömii and Overtone singing workshops in the U.S and Europe including at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Greenwich University, London, The Giving Voice Festival (Wales & Poland), Gaunts House, Dorset, The New Life Centre, New York, Ballet Frankfurt, Germany, The Centre of Intercultural Harmony, Ascona, Switzerland, Trinity College Dublin with the Temenos Project, Alternatives, St James Church, London, The Eden Project, Cornwall, England

For the past fifteen years Michael has led workshops, evenings and therapy sessions in Relaxation, Meditation and Deep Listening using Tibetan Singing Bowls, ever since Khamba Lam Choijampts, the head Abbot of Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia heard Michael playing them.

Michael has recorded many acclaimed CD’s please click for more information Or visit myspace pages

http://www.myspace.com/michaelormiston23

http://www.myspace.com/radiantvoyages

http://www.overtone.cc/profile/MicahelOrmiston

To see some videos please click on the titles below

Michael with Tserendavaa and Harmonic Voicings Live in Turin

Interview with Michael, performance at Alternatives, London UK

The Money King, Windsor Castle, UK,

The Hindu dance of Creation, Windsor, UK

Goat Picnic, Chandman Sum, Khovd, Mongolia 1994

Colourscape, London, UK

Info about sacred music series where Michael’ Tibetan Bowls playing is featured

Extract of the programme with Michael playing the Bowls

Info about Michael’s Appearance on BBC Radio 3, The Choir, Buddhist Chant

“Child Sex Trade That Michael Composed the music for. Youtube of The harrowing Channel 4 Cutting Edge Programme

Images of Michael working in Colourscape with special needs children

Michael has a rare collection of Mongolian instruments including the Morin Khuur, Tobshuur, Tömör Khuur, Khulsan Khuur, Limbe, Yatag, Tsuur. Among the other instruments he plays are, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Symphonic Gongs, Saz (Turkish long necked lute), Flat backed Bouzouki, Ney (Turkish end blown flute), Jew’s harps, Live electronics……

Michael wrote, researched and presented, “Echoes from Blue Heaven”, a series of 4 programmes about Mongolian Traditional music for BBC Radio3 and “The Whispering of the Stars”, the first major series (6 part) of radio programmes about Siberian Music for BBC Radio3.

In the field of Dance, Michael has worked in collaboration with the Fabrice Mazliah from Ballet Frankfurt, Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja dance Company, Spiral Art Dance Theatre, Strata performance group.

Michael and Candida Valentino have created hands on tailor made educational days for all ages exploring the culture of Mongolia.

He jointly composed the theme tune and original music for Benedict Allen’s six part series on BBC 2 about Mongolia, “Edge of Blue Heaven” and his series about Shamanism and traditional healing, “The last of the Medicine Men”. He composed the original music for the award winning Channel 4 Cutting edge programme “The Child sex Trade” and “Women in Islam” Channels Dispatches programme, Forbidden Iran and Iraq, the Road to Kirkuk.

He organised & performed his musical group, Nada a tour of Mongolia in 1994. This was the first British group to tour the provinces of Mongolia.

Michael has performed with his rare collection of Mongolian instruments, Tibetan Singing Bowls, gongs, flutes and electronics around the world including at the Montreux Jazz festival (Switzerland), The National Theatre (London), The Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), with members of Ballet Frankfurt (Germany), The Eden Project (Cornwall) and Glastonbury International Dance Festival with Spiral Arts Dance Theatre, Belfast (Northern Ireland) for H.H. The Dalai Lama, and in New York, Sri Lanka, Spain and Algeria,

For more information about Mongolian overtone singing workshops, individual lessons, performances, Tibetan Singing bowl workshops, soundtransformations workshops, concert booking, education days please contact Michael at mailto:ormi_khoomii@yahoo.com

http://www.soundtransformations.co.uk/Michaelbiog1.htm

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ANNA-MARIA HEFELE , from WIKIPEDIA

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Anna-Maria Hefele

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anna-Maria Hefele is a German overtone singer. Hefele is from Grafing near Munich.[1]

This technique of singing polyphonic overtones is also known as “throat singing,” and Hefele has been practicing it since 2005.[2]

There are several styles of overtone singing found around the world. Canadian Inuit and several forms displayed in Mongolia and surrounding regions are the most recognized. Hefele’s style is culturally practiced in the small region of Tuva. This whistling vocal version is called sygyt.[3]

The Huffington Post has commented on her “amazing ability” and her singing being “utterly bizarre”.[4] On 10 October 2014, she was number two on The Guardian’s Viral Video Chart.

One online video Polyphonic Overtone Singing[1] features Hefele as she demonstrates and explains overtones. As of December 2014, this video has received over 7 million hits.[5]

References

  1. Jump up^ “Obertonsängerin Anna-Maria Hefele Eine Stimme wie nicht von dieser Welt”. Br.de. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. Jump up^ Fitzharris, Mia. “Throat Singer’s Performance Goes Viral”. Yahoo News. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. Jump up^ Christopher Hooton (6 October 2014). This woman singing multiple notes at once is a total ‘I didn’t even know humans could do that’ moment. The Independent. Accessed October 2014.
  4. Jump up^ “German Musician Anna-Maria Hefele Demonstrates Polyphonic Overtone Singing, And It’s Amazing”. Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  5. Jump up^ Perraudin, Frances (10 October 2014). “Viral Video Chart”. The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2014.

Polyphonic Overtone Singing-Anna-Maria Hefele: [2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna-Maria_Hefele

STUART HINDS : biography, website

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http://www.stuarthinds.com/

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“A melody is sung, out of which overtones rise, forming another melody which soars way above the fundamental melody, seemingly completely separated from it.”

Stuart Hinds’ amazing ability to create two discrete melodies at the same time makes him unique among overtone singers. His original compositions are a “harmonious blend of Eastern and Western, ancient and modern, sensuous and cerebral” – music that appeals to a wide range of tastes.

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Every musical note is actually a composite sound consisting of a fundamental, which is the pitch we perceive, plus a number of additional pure sounds called harmonics or overtones. These overtones are not normally heard individually, but the greater or lesser prominence of some of the overtones over the others determines the timbre or tone color of the note. The overtones make the sound of each voice or instrument unique and identifiable, and allow us to distinguish the sounds of the various musical instruments and also to recognize voices.

Overtone singing refers to techniques which allow a singer to isolate particular partials of the natural harmonic series of a sung fundamental pitch. By modulating the shape of the vocal tract, two or more pitches can be produced simultaneously, a fundamental and one or more of its natural harmonics.

Stuart Hinds is developing a unique style of overtone singing which is truly contrapuntal. That is, he sings in two equal “voices” simultaneously – the fundamental voice and the overtone voice. Both voices move independently in the same way they would if performed by two separate musicians. In one of his works, Renaissance Man, Hinds actually sings in strict canon with himself! – the overtone voice following the fundamental voice at four beats separation and transposed up a fifth.

MICHAEL VETTER biography and NATACHE NIKE biography, GERMANY

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http://www.vetter-transverbal.de/person.htm

Michael Vetter, geboren am 18.9.1943 in Oberstdorf im Allgäu, geht es mit Hilfe der verschiedensten Medien (Sprache, Malerei, Fotografie, Theater, Musik) um die Realisierung dessen, was er “Transverbal” nennt: Sprache ist Bewegung ist Musik. Eine besondere Rolle spielt hierbei die Stimme als dasjenige Organ, das in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ohr Bewegung aufs Spontanste, Gegenstandsloseste, Konkreteste und zugleich Differenzierteste musikalisch auszulegen und zu reflektieren versteht. Durch seine Kunst des Obertonsingens und seiner experimentellen Vokalimprovisationen erlangte er internationale Berühmtheit. Das DeutschlandRadio Berlin widmet viele Nachtstunden seinen Hör-Spielen, zuletzt seinen beiden Kammeropern “DuO – eine dialogische Passion” und “Die Gesetzestafeln”, der musikalischen Landschaft “Sprechende Inseln in singendem Meer”, dem transverbalen Mysterienspiel “Faust III” und der Vokalskulptur “Soto voce”. Als improvisierender Interpret arbeitete er zusammen mit Komponisten wie Bussotti, Kagel, Ligeti, Stockhausen und Takemitsu.
Seine Werke als Maler begreift er selbst als “Schrift”Stücke. Der Dichter Helmut Heissenbüttel schrieb das Vorwort zu seinem zweibändigen grafischen Roman “Handbewegungen”. Das Landesmuseum Münster stellte im Lichthof seinen “Cosmic Comic” aus. Für sein immer noch wachsendes “Buch der Zeichen” und dessen experimentelle Kalligrafie wurde ihm 1982 der Kunstpreis des japanischen Außenministeriums verliehen. In wandfüllenden Gemälden benutzt er das Spiel der Farben, um ein Miteinander unterschiedlicher instrumentaler Klangebenen zu versinnbildlichen.
Seine Bücher “Musik, “Die Psychologie der Seinserfahrung” und “Pianissimo” leiten auf poetische Weise dazu an, die Welt als “Lied” zum Singen, als “Gedicht” zur Sprache zu bringen. Als eine “Geschichte der Entdeckung der Gegenstandslosigkeit” beschreibt er den gerade entstandenen (noch unveröffentlichten), durch und durch witzigen autobiografischen Roman “Lauf, was du kannst.”
Michael Vetter, der dreizehn Jahre weitgehend als Zenmönch in Japan verbrachte und dort mit seinem Buch “shijima no oto” (“des Schweigens Ton”) eine neue revolutionäre Beziehung von künstlerischer Avantgarde und (Zen-)Meditation herstellte, lebt heute die meiste Zeit zurückgezogen malend, schreibend und gärtnernd inmitten seines Olivenhaines auf dem Monte Amiata. 1991 gründete er hier die Accademia Capraia, eine nach seinen Konzepten arbeitende “Schule der Lebenskunst”, die er zugleich zu einer Heimstatt seiner ihm liebsten Bilder und Skulpturen einrichtete.

 

Natascha Nikprelevic, seine engste Mitarbeiterin, spielte mit neunzehn Jahren im Healing Theatre Köln 1995 in einer Inszenierung von Hölderlins Empedokles auf höchst ausgefallene Weise als Doppelrolle Panthea und Pausanias. Im gleichen Jahr am gleichen Ort lernte sie Michael Vetter kennen, während er als Trilogie sein Schau-Spiel “Faltenwürfe” (“die Betuchten”) inszenierte. 1996 begann sie im Sommer mit dem Studium experimenteller Vokalmusik an der Accademia Capraia und besetzt dort seit 2002 eine Assistenten-Stelle.
Bereits seit 1996 bezieht Michael Vetter sie regelmäßig als Tänzerin, Rezitatorin und Sängerin in seine Konzerte ein. Unter ihrer Mitwirkung entsteht aus seiner “Missa Universalis” die “Missa Dialogica”. In den beiden vom DeutschlandRadio produzierten Kammeropern (“DuO”; “Gesetzestafeln”) übernimmt sie die Rolle des transverbalen Dialogpartners. Auf dem Jooksan Festival in Korea tanzte und sang sie 1999 mit Vetter zusammen sein musikalisches Theater “Weiße Linie auf weißem Grund”, studierte für die Expo 2000 in Hannover mit einem russischen Jugendchor die Ensembleversion seines “Faust III” ein und realisierte im Dezember 2001 die Uraufführung seines ihr gewidmeten musikalischen Theaters “allEin”. Joachim Ernst Berendt, der sie in sein letztes großes Hörwerk einband, schätzte sie als “beste ihm bekannte Obertonsängerin”.
Neben ihrer konzertanten Partnerschaft mit Michael Vetter hat Natascha Nikprelevic sich zur Aufgabe gestellt, als Solistin und Leiterin unterschiedlichster Ensembles sein theatral-musikalisches Werk auf die Bühnen zu bringen. Gerade arbeitet Michael Vetter unter dem Titel “Projektionen” an einem Zyklus improvisatorischer Opern, der unter ihrer gemeinsamen Leitung inszeniert werden wird.

 

Schwarz-weisse Kalligrafien und Zeichnungen aus:Michael Vetter: MUSIK (Verlag Via Nova)”

Michael Vetter: Graf Fitti und seine Buchstabienchen (Vetter-Verlag)

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MICHAEL ORMISTON : biography, UK

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Michael Ormiston has been composing, performing, teaching and writing about music for many years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently involved as a solo performer, in a duo with Candida Valentino and a member of HyperyakIntervolution,Harmonic Voicings, Mysterious TremendumPraying for the RainThe Suns of Arqa ,VAMP,  music groups and part of Jem Finer’s Longplayer. His original compositions have been used on TV (BBC and Channel 4), Theatre (Theatre de Complicite), Dance, Anusha Subramanyam , Fabrice Mazliah (Ballet Frankfurt/Forsyth Company), Spiral Arts Danceand performance (London Jazz Festival). His throat singing has been used on Hollywood Films (The Golden CompassWe Were Soldiers), and TV (BBC’s acclaimed seriesPlanet Earth, Last of the Medicine Men). He has performed globally including for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, The Venerable Choijampts, Head Abbot of Ganden Monastery,Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.  Michael is also a radio programme researcher, writer and presenter, a traditional music reviewer (Songlines magazine), a workshop leader, teacher and researcher in Mongolian music. He is one of the principal workshop leaders and performers for Eye-Music’s Colourscape.  And was awarded the colourscape Rawlinson commission for “Boundless Transformations” in cooperation with Candida and Eddy Sayer.   He it a Tutorfor, The British Academy of Sound Therapy and a member of the International Sound Healers Association

 

Michael specializes in Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing, being one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii. He has been studying Khöömii since 1988, attending lectures by Dr Carole Pegg (Cambridge University), Tran Quang Hai(Muse de l’homme, Paris) and Dr Alan Dejaques (Lille University). He has travelled to Mongolia six times (1993/94/97/2000/05/6) where he studied Khöömii with Tserendavaa, Gereltsogt, Ganbold, Sengedorj, Tsogtbaatar, the “Cream” ofMongolia’s Khöömii singers. In 1994 Michael was given the blessing by Gereltsogt to teach the basic practices of Khöömii Singing. Since then he has given workshops, lectures and individual lessons worldwide and in the summer of 2002 Candida and Michael toured Europe with Tserendavaa who gave both of them his blessing to teach the basics of Mongolian Khöömii. In 2006 Michael was invited to perform in Mongolia with Mongolian throat singers as part of the 800th anniversary of the declaration of the Mongolian Empire.

 

Michael has facilitated Khöömii and Overtone singing workshops in the U.S and Europe including at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Greenwich University, London, The Giving Voice Festival (Wales & Poland), Gaunts House, Dorset, The New Life Centre, New York, Ballet Frankfurt, Germany, The Centre of Intercultural Harmony, Ascona, Switzerland, Trinity College Dublin with the Temenos Project, Alternatives, St James Church, London, The Eden Project, Cornwall, England

 

For the past fifteen years Michael has led workshops, evenings and therapy sessions in Relaxation, Meditation and Deep Listening using Tibetan Singing Bowls, ever since Khamba Lam Choijampts, the head Abbot of Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia heard Michael playing them.

 

Michael has recorded many acclaimed CD’s please click for more information Or visit myspace pages

http://www.myspace.com/michaelormiston23

http://www.myspace.com/radiantvoyages

http://www.overtone.cc/profile/MicahelOrmiston

To see some videos please click on the titles below

Michael with Tserendavaa and Harmonic Voicings Live in Turin

Interview with Michael, performance at Alternatives, London UK

The Money King, Windsor Castle, UK,

The Hindu dance of Creation, Windsor, UK

  Goat Picnic, Chandman Sum, Khovd, Mongolia 1994

Colourscape, London, UK

 Info about sacred music series where Michael’ Tibetan Bowls playing is featured

Extract of the programme with Michael playing the Bowls

Info about Michael’s Appearance on BBC Radio 3, The Choir, Buddhist Chant

“Child Sex Trade That Michael Composed the music for. Youtube of The harrowing Channel 4 Cutting Edge Programme

Images of Michael working in Colourscape with special needs children

 

Michael has a rare collection of Mongolian instruments including the Morin KhuurTobshuurTömör KhuurKhulsan KhuurLimbeYatagTsuur. Among the other instruments he plays are, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Symphonic Gongs, Saz (Turkish long necked lute), Flat backed Bouzouki, Ney (Turkish end blown flute), Jew’s harps, Live electronics……

 

Michael wrote, researched and presented, “Echoes from Blue Heaven”, a series of 4 programmes about Mongolian Traditional music for BBC Radio3 and “The Whispering of the Stars”, the first major series (6 part) of radio programmes about Siberian Music for BBC Radio3.

 

In the field of Dance, Michael has worked in collaboration with the Fabrice Mazliah from Ballet Frankfurt, Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja dance Company, Spiral Art Dance Theatre, Strata performance group.

 

Michael and Candida Valentino have created hands on tailor made educational days for all ages exploring the culture ofMongolia.

 

He jointly composed the theme tune and original music for Benedict Allen’s six part series on BBC 2 about Mongolia,“Edge of Blue Heaven” and his series about Shamanism and traditional healing, “The last of the Medicine Men”. He composed the original music for the award winning Channel 4 Cutting edge programme “The Child sex Trade” and “Women in Islam” Channels Dispatches programme, Forbidden Iran and Iraq, the Road to Kirkuk.

 

He organised & performed his musical group, Nada a tour of Mongolia in 1994. This was the first British group to tour the provinces of Mongolia.

 

Michael has performed with his rare collection of Mongolian instruments, Tibetan Singing Bowls, gongs, flutes and electronics around the world including at the Montreux Jazz festival (Switzerland), The National Theatre (London), The Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), with members of Ballet Frankfurt (Germany), The Eden Project (Cornwall) and Glastonbury International Dance Festival with Spiral Arts Dance Theatre, Belfast (Northern Ireland) for H.H. The Dalai Lama, and in New York, Sri Lanka, Spain and Algeria,

 

For more information about Mongolian overtone singing workshops, individual lessons, performances, Tibetan Singing bowl workshops, soundtransformations workshops, concert booking, education days please contact Michael atmailto:ormi_khoomii@yahoo.com

 

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http://www.soundtransformations.co.uk/Michaelbiog1.htm