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Mongolian Khöömii Overtone Singing Workshop

June 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Mongolian Overtone Singing


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with Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino.

Khöömii is an amazing style of overtone or harmonic singing where one person sings two or more distinct pitches at the same time. It originates among the nomads of the central Asian plateau, particularly the Altai and Sayan mountain regions of Mongolia and Tuva. The nomads of these parts have discovered how to sing melodies that arise from the universal harmonic overtone series.

Learn an authentic traditional Mongolian technique.

Listen to your own overtones as you discover the unknown depths and heights of your own voice.

The half day workshop is open to anyone who wishes to explore the harmonic nature of their voice.

Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino are the UK’s most respected and experienced Mongolian Khöömii overtone/undertone singers. Their unique concerts cross the boundaries between traditional Mongolian Music, Sacred Sound Journeys using Tibetan Singing Bowls, Symphonic Gongs, experimental improvisations with live electronics and original compositions on their vast collection of acoustic instruments.

Michael travelled to west Mongolia in 1993 to study Khöömii with Herdsman and expert singer Tserendavaa. During his six times in Mongolia he has also studied with leading singers, Tsengedorj, Ganbold, Gereltsolt and Tsogtbaatar and has the rare privilege of being blessed to teach Khöömii by Tserendavaa and Gereltsogt which he has been doing internationally for the past 17 years.

He has taught Khöömii on the SOAS World music summer school for the past 10 years as well as individually teaching ethnomusicology students at SOAS, & Goldsmith College, University of London, ADEM- Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie Geneva.

Michael also wrote, researched and presented “Echoes from Blue Heaven” a two part BBC Radio programme about traditional Mongolian Music. In 1994 he organised, in conjunction with the Mongolian Government, a 1500km musical tour of Mongolia with his group Nada and was invited to Mongolia in 2006 to perform with Mongolian Musicians at the 800 anniversary celebrations of Chinggis Khan’s declaration of the Mongol Empire. He was honoured to perform in the presence of H.H. The Dalai Lama, Khamba Lam Choijamts (The Head Abbot of Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbataar), HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and Ban Ki-moon amongst others.

In 2011 Michael was awarded The International Outreach Award by the Mongolian Embassy UK, The Mongolian Association in the UK and Lingua Global for his special contribution to the promotion of Mongolia’s rich Cultural Heritage. He has released many CDs with Candida Valentino who also studied with Tserendavaa in Mongolia

Candida Valentino originally trained and worked as a visual artist and costume designer for dance and opera. She then had her own sound transformation in 1991 and started working with toning, overtoning and voice work as a tool for healing. She has for the last three years played with Don Conreaux and his Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble, and has also attended Raga singing workshops with Gilles Petit. Candida went on to study Mongolian Khöömii singing with Michael Ormiston. She travelled to Mongolia with him in 2000 to meet his teacher Tserendavaa and has now been blessed to teach Khöömii

You can find out more about Michael and Candida’s work on their website.


June 8
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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01458 831154


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01458 831154