24th to 27th July 2022 in Mas de Llaneta (Alcover, Tarragona, Spain)

WELCOME


Connect with the power and beauty of your voice and explore its potential through overtone and choral singing in a natural setting and a relaxed, communal atmosphere.

Whether you have previous experience in overtone singing or not, we will accompany you from wherever you are.

DESCRIPTION

In this retreat we focus on overtone singing and its choral application as a central axis. Beyond learning the overtone singing technique and rehearsing our own choral repertoire, we also offer spaces to become aware of breathing, the body and its resonance in singing, spaces to deepen musical listening and improvisation, spaces to connect with our intuition through the voice and the body, among others.

In addition, every night there will be a special concert and Jam space to share with each other through music (you can bring your instrument).

OBJECTIVES

  • The objective of the retreat is both to initiate and to deepen in overtone singing.
  • To learn one’s own choral overtone singing repertoire.
  • To enjoy the beauty and power of group singing.
  • Acquire tools for improvisation and musical listening.
  • To perform a sample on the last day of the repertoire learned.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF OVERTONE SINGING AND FREE AND INTUITIVE GROUP SINGING?

  • Explore new possibilities of your voice.
  • Facilitates the state of presence.
  • Helps to unleash your creativity.
  • Allows a deeper connection in the community.
  • Is a vehicle for deep emotional expression and psychocorporal release.
  • Facilitates muscle relaxation, the high vibrations of the harmonics provoke an internal massage.
  • Allows free exploration of one’s own voice.
  • Tool for personal transformation, facilitating self-knowledge and the experience of altered states of consciousness in a safe way.

Anna-Maria Hefele, one of the most recognized Western harmonica singers today says about the benefits of singing harmonics that: “it makes you more aware of vocal colors and can develop your vocal cord closure. It also helps to expand the range of higher notes.“

The German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who created the first overtone choral piece Stimmung in 1969 (you have more information in our article about overtone singing choirs: History and present) commented that the overtone singing technique was worth learning because it allows to become absolutely aware of the different parts of the skull that are vibrating. He also said that the singers of this piece, who performed it more than 100 times, had had a significant change as human beings.

ACTIVITIES

  • Vocal and overtone singing technique
  • Prepare and perform a choral overtone singing repertoire
  • Voice circles
  • Improvisations and choral dynamics
  • Dynamics through free movement and voice
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Silent intervals
  • Concerts
  • Jams sessions
  • Swimming pool

RETREAT FACILITATORS

Nerea de ​​Miguel

(voice-alto)

Born in Salamanca, she began her musical studies specializing in cello at the Salamanca Professional Conservatory of Music. In 1998 she moved to Barcelona where she would later obtain the the Diploma in Cello and Chamber Music. That same year she began her professional singing studies with the soprano Carmen Bustamante at the Liceo Superior Conservatory of Music, where she graduated a few years later. She has received classes from Maria Dolors Aldea, Francisco Lázaro, Cindee Sanners and Marta Mathéu. As a soloist, she has performed, among others, Misa Brevis by Haydn, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Gloria by A. Vivaldi, Vesperae Solennes by Confessore and Requiem by W.A. Mozart and Israel in Egypt by G.F.Händel.

Joaquín Manjón
(voice-baritone)

His professional goals range from technical translation to experimental music with the voice, having accumulated different trainings in the areas of naturopathy and DFA. She started overtone singing in 2001, after reading a book about the voice, overtones, and after listening to Tibetan lamas and David Hykes. He has been leading three regular overtone singing groups for several years, which have resulted in the formation of the overtone singing and improvisation group Unísono, a music and social integration group at the Ràdio Nikòsia Association and gives private lessons in overtone singing. He is co-founder of MuOM.

David Sitges
(voice-tenor and percussion)

Musician and music therapist, graduated in philosophy, and currently studying Astrology at the Casa XI school. He is part of the Basket Beat association, and directs the Big Band Basket Beat Barcelona orchestra, whose last show was premiered at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona in March 2018. He plays regularly accompanying different Kirtan artists such as Jai Uttal, Kevin James, Joan Condal and Brenda McMorrow among others. He composes his own music (Mística Barroca, self-released 2017), and is currently working on his next project, electronicaorganica.com. He plays in the duo Spirit Bird, alongside Farran Sylvan James.

Roger Sans
(voice-bass)

Pianist graduated from the Guildhall School in London, specializing in classical and contemporary music. Artist and educator interested in the transdisciplinary approach to the performing arts and educational processes through them. He is part of the team of educators of the Basketbeat association accompanying groups regularly, and develops various artistic projects focused on the social and educational field: the Basketbeat Orchestra, the MuOM choir, the JamFolk and the Playfulness experience, among others.

RETREAT LOCATION

The retreat will take place at Mas de Llaneta, a magical retreat center surrounded by nature. A fully equipped complex with a huge dome workshop space, swimming pool, dining room, professional kitchen and spacious rooms.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION
Rural house: Forest, mountain, swimming pool.

ROOM TYPES
Shared rooms (between 2-4 persons)

The capacity of the retreat will be 40 people + trainers and staff.

FOOD
Vegetarian meals and allergy options.

HOW TO GET THERE

Mas de LLaneta
9 km north-east of Alcover,

in the middle of the Prades saw,

accessed by the road TV-7041
Tarragona

DURATION
◊ 4 days, 3 nights.
◊ Arrival time: 16h
◊ Departure time: 20h

LEVEL OF SINGING: Not required
FORMAT: Training, workshops
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Catalan, English

PRICE
General price 490€
Course fee until June 24: 440 €.

REGISTRATION FORM:

CONTACT

If you have any questions you can contact us:
Joaquín : info@muom.net / 644 42 01 29