MuOM was born in 2008, from a common interest in Overtone Singing and improvising in a choral context, shared by founding members F.S. James, J. Manjon and M. Perez. “Andapindam”, their first recording, was almost entierly improvised, recorded in Sant Miquel de Campmajor.
Moises Perez was drawn to travel to Siberia to learn the original techniques of overtone snging, guthural throat toning called Khoomei (declared as Cultural Patrimony by Unesco). With new members David Sitges and JosepMa Aragay in 2009 and 2010 the group went deeper into the exploration of harmonic singing and fusioning of the voices.
Cumie joined the group in 2011, along with Riccardo, and in 2012 MuOM went on a national tour of Spain, singing in Aphonica Festival in Banyoles, Aum festival in A Coruña, Villafranca del Bierzo, Leon, Castillo de Loarre, and participated in the Gong Festival, in the caves in Montserrat.
The first professional CD, Mu, was released in 2013, recorded in Sant Gregori de la Murtra in Badalona.
In 2014, MuOM sang a brilliant closing performance to the Sacred Music Festival in Segovia, and participated in Womex (Santiago de Compostela). An international tour in the summer brought MuOM to Wales (Langollen Fringe Festival) and London (St. Ethelburga’s).
Highlight performance of 2014 was a collaboration with Carlos Nuñez in the Millenium Festival in Palau de la Música. In 2015 Xevi Gata (professor of jazz in Taller de Músics) and Nerea de Miguel (cellist and professional singer) joined MuOM and a new CD was released: Ecstatic Voices, in 2017, with the New Records sound engineers.
Recent collaborations with artists such as Luis Paniagua (lyre) and Mark Pulido (Bilas, flat bells) have led to enthusiastic public response, filling the great Cathedral del Pi in Barcelona, with over 600 people.
On an international level, MuOM has been invited to be part of a famous U2 videoclip.
Present and Future
Since 2019, MuOM offers montly concerts in Sant Paul del Camp romanic church in the center of Barcelona. In these concerts, the public gets a chance to join in to some of the pieces (guided by MuOM members), and the audience feedback has been extremely enthusiastic. In November 2018, we celebrated 10 years together in a macro concert in Cathedral del Pi, with over 600 people in the audience.
This year, 2019, we will sing in various festivals, such as the cycle Music and Silence (Sant Benet in Montserrat) organized by Teresa Forcades, Festival Cicle de Dins in Roses (Girona) , and Festival Sons del Camí ( La Seu in Manresa).