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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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Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino perform Chintamani (precious jewel), UK

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Chintamani (precious Jewel) from the album of the same name. Michael plays a Flat Backed Bouzouki and sings khoomii,kharkhiraa and normally. Candida plays a dombra and sings khoomii,kharkhiraa and normally.
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Michael Ormiston at the Folk Club Turin, October 2010

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This is a selection of pieces that I performed with my Mongolian Khoomii (Overtone Singing teacher) Tserendavaa who had travelled from Mongolia to perform two concerts with Harmonic Voicings, which is Candida Valentino, Martin Mayes and myself. More of the concerts will follow.
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Buy Tserendavaa’s New DVD from the above websitem

n Conversation with… Michael Ormiston (featuring Candida Valentino) Khöömii (overtone) singing, UK

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Uploaded on May 19, 2009
Michael Ormiston is one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii a type of overtone singing. He tells us what it means to him…

For more information on Michael and Candida and other Khöömii singers please go to:
http://www.soundtransformations.btint…

Performance recorded at a Alternatives event:
http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Workshop recorded at a Singing Knives event:
http://singingknivesrecords.co.uk/

MICHAEL ORMISTON : Mongolian Khöömii Singing Papers, Singers and Recordings

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Mongolian Khöömii Singing Papers, Singers and Recordings

 

There have been many explanations of khöömii that I have come across over the years. I will attempt to point to the main contributors and sources. My own studies brought me to Mongolia in 1993/4/7 and 2000/5/6 and I have interviewed attended and set up workshops with Gereltsogt (London 1993) and Tserendavaa (Europe 2002) that gave me further insight. This page is still under construction and will be updated as I find time to put more information on. If you would like to send me any information regarding Mongolian khöömii and if any Mongolian khöömii singers would like their own page on this site then please email me at  ormi_khoomii@yahoo.com

 

Carol Pegg’s articles on Khöömii

Khöömii nomination extract for UNSECO Intangible Cultural Heritage 2010

Scientific American Article September 1999

The Chöömij of Mongolia A Spectral Analysis of Overtone Singing by Ronald Walcott 1974

Original Research and Acoustical Analysis in connection with the Xöömij Style of Biphonic Singing

Tran Quang Hai and Denis Guillou, Paris 1980

A Two Voiced Song With No Words by Lauri Harvilahti circa 1981

Tuvin Folk Music by A. N. Aksenov, Tuvinskaia Narodnaia Muzyka (Moscow, 1964)

Analysis of Acoustical Features of Biphonic Singing Voices Male and Female Xöömij and Male Steppe Kargiraa

 By Takeda, Shoichi and Muraoka, Teruo

Why Do We Perceive Two Tones Simultaneously In Xoomij Mongolian Traditional Singing? By MasashiYamada

Synthesis of the laryngeal source of throat singing using a 2×2-mass model

Ken-Ichi Sakakibara, Hiroshi Imagawa, Seiji Niimi, Naotoshi Osaka

Physical Modelling of the vocal tract of a Sygyt singer by Chen-Gia Tsai

Perception of Overtone Singing by Chen-Gia Tsai

Kargyraa and meditation by Chen-Gia Tsai

Growl Voice in Ethnic and Pop Styles

Ken-Ichi Sakakibara, Leonardo Fuks, Hiroshi Imagawa, Niro Tayama 2004

False vocal fold surface waves during Sygyt singing: A hypothesis

Chen-Gia Tsai, Yio-Wha Shau, and Tzu-Yu Hsiao

False Vocal Fold Surface Waves During Sygyt Singing: a theoretical study by Chen-Gia Tsai

The Effect of the Hypopharyngeal and Supra-Glottic Shapes on The Singing Voice

Hiroshi Imagawa, Ken-Ichi Sakakibara, Niro Tayama, Seiji Niimi, 2003

The Laryngeal Flow model for Pressed-Type Singing Voices

Ken-Ichi Sakakibara, Hiroshi Imagawa, Seiji Niimi, Naotoshi Osaka 2006

Observation of Laryngeal Movements for Throat Singing. Vibrations of two pairs of folds in the human larynx

Ken-Ichi Sakakibara, Tomoko Konishi, Emi Zuiki Murano, Hiroshi Imagawa, Masanobu Kumada, Kazumasa Kondo, and Seiji Niimi
December 2002

Altai Khangai Ensemble info on Khöömii from the net

 Zulsar on Khöömii from the Net

 

Page one of some Mongolian CD’s Featuring khöömii with track listings and liner notes

 

Page two of some Mongolian CD’s Featuring khöömii with track listings and liner notes

 

Page three of Some Mongolian CD’s found on the net

 

An Incomplete List of recorded Mongolian khöömii singers

A to F                        G to R                      S to Z

 

Magic of Tone and the Art of Music by the late Dane Rhudyar
This is a very interesting extract about the Harmonic series from the now out of print book

 

Some Khöömii, Khoomei, Overtone Singing Links and Related Sites

 

Return to main soundtransformations page

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

 

MICHAEL ORMISTON: Traditional Music of Mongolia / discography

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Traditional music of Mongolia

 

I wrote this brief overview in 1994, it will be updated as and when I find the time If you would like to comment, make any corrections and add new insights, then please email me at  ormi_khöömii@yahoo.com

 

Also check out Carole Peggss excellent book (2001) Mongolian Music, Dance & Oral Narrative (University of Washington Press ISBN 0 295 98030 3) for a real in depth insight.

 

Vocal Music of Mongolia

 

Long Song (Urtyn Duu) Short Song (Bogino Duu)  Praise Songs (Magtaal) Epics (Tuul) & Legends (Domog) 

Khöömii Mongolian Overtone Singing, Amaar Limbedekh (imitation of flute with the voice)

 

Instrumental Music of Mongolia

 

Amaan Khuur (sometimes Khel Khuur, Khel means tongue) Jews harps

Tömör Khuur Khulsan Khuur (Bamboo Mouth Harp)

 

 

Morin Khuur (horse head fiddle)

 

Tobshuur (2 striing fretless plucked lute)

 

Limbe (transverse mirliton flute)

 

Tsuur (Three holed vertical end blown flute with vocal drone)

 

Yatag (half tube plucked zither with movable bridges)

 

Shudraga or Shanz (Three stringed fretless snakeskin lute)

 

Khuuchir and Dorvon Chikhtei Khuur (two and four stringed spiked fiddle)

 

Yochin (Hammered Dulcimer)

 

More instruments and picture updates to be continued….

 

Here is some information that I have found on the net.

 

              Mongolian Traditional Music adapted from Boris Avramets

 

             Traditional Songs and Dances of Mongolia by Ensemble Tumbash

 

             INTRODUCTION TO MONGOLIAN ART, FOLK TRADITION AND MUSIC

             By D. Shandagdorji, P. Khorloo, N. Zantsannoro

 

             Mongolian Music by the ENSEMBLE EGSCHIGLEN

 

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

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