About us2019-12-02T21:24:30+00:00

who are we?

MuOM is a vocal group which uses Overtone Singing Techniques, each singer producing two tones at once. MuOM creates its own music, with no words, super imposing the two planes of the voice and it’s harmonics to create slowly shifting harmonies with delicate overtone melodies overtop.

A MuOM concert is a soundscape experience for all types of public, based on our connection with the vibration of the voice and silence. Our intention is to dissolve the individual voice into the pure collective, inviting the listener to feel the common frequencies of plenitude and well-being.

MuOM also offers concerts with audience participation, guided by memebers of the choir. These concerts offer the public a space to connect, through the voice, with themselves, with the people araund them, and life itself. Anyone can participate regardless of vocal level or musical knowledge.

MuOM offers various different formats to share its years of valuable experience: weekly whorkshops for overtone singers, workshops for choirs, and intensive weekend retreats.

What is Overtone Singing?

Overtone singing is a vocal technique where the singer is able to produce two tones at once. Using different parts of the vocal tract, the singer filters his/her voice so that not only one can hear the fundamental pitch, but also one of its overtones, which naturally exist in nature but are not audible. The overtones are used to create melodies overtop of the fundamental note.

This technique to “double” the voice was introduced to the Occidental World in the 70’s, coming from traditional throat singing of Central Asia, the Altai Mountains and Euro-Asian steppe (…). Ancestral Chants from these areas are guthural, with clear sounding overtones, sometimes even two at a time. This singing technique is called Khoomei, and is considered world heritage by Unesco 2009, as it is part of Nomadic and Shamanistic tradition.

Some of MuOM’s pieces use this guthural technique from Central Asia. The peculiarity of MuOM is combining this ancient technique with modern choral vocal singing , inspired by choirs such as the Harmonic Choir of David Hykes or Prana, of Baird Hersey. The result is an inovative music with no words (simply the voice and its harmonics), creating a fabric of rich harmonies that shift slowly, giving the listener the sensation of being washed in sound.

MuOM’s music is vanguard, yet draws from ancient traditions, and can reach audiences of all ages and countries. It is an eclectic sound, reminding the listener of the ancient choirs of the Bizantine era, Georgian, etc.

“MuOM’s music is timless and transformative, an eclectic bridging of ancient traditions of overtone singing and modern choral technique”

Sylvan James
Sylvan James(Canadá. 1971)
Farran Sylvan James es violinista con 30 años tocando por el mundo en diferentes formaciones. Especialista en Musica Antigua, ha tocado en todas las salas más emblemáticas de Europa , como concertino y solista, (Musikverein , Palau de la Música , Berlín Philharmonic , etc) con Ayre Español, Vespres d’Anardi , Bach Consort Wein, Jordi Savall …etc. Ha grabado discos para Harmonia Mundi , Challenge , Arsis, y Sony. Tambien ha sido directora de orquestas en España y Canada. Colabora con Luis Paniagua , Airun , Ravi Ramoneda y es parte de Spirit Bird, un dúo que tiene con David Sitges Sarda. Ella es cofundadora de MuOM.
Germán de la Riva
Germán de la Riva(Barcelona 1978)
Inicia sus estudios musicales en la escolania de Montserrat, donde cursa canto, violín, piano y solfeo. Termina la carrera de canto con profesores como: Kurt Widmer de Basel o Mila Diulguèrova de Sofia. Es componnente del Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, The Minstrels quartet, Metropolitan Union, Fool of Music, De canendi Elegantia, Kundala, MuOM, donde canta obras que van desde el gregoriano hasta el Pop Rock actual. Es el Xantre principal de la Catedral de Barcelona.
Sandra Pujols
Sandra Pujols(Alemania, 1981)
Cantante, compositora y bailarina. Fue cantante, directora artística y fundadora del grupo de música contemporánea Mutu Ensemble. Cantó improvisación libre durante 6 años con la Royal Improvisers Orchestra. El 2015 obtuvo un máster en composición en Codarts, University of the Arts in Rotterdam. El 2012 se licenció en composición en el Real Conservatorio de la Haya. Cursó todos los niveles de Estill Voice Training en la Royal Academy of Music of London. Des del 2016 es profesora de canto moderno en Eòlia, Barcelona. Del 2008 al 2013 fue docente de técnica vocal en el Real Conservatorio de la Haya.
Moisés Pérez
Moisés Pérez(Madrid. 1973)
Ha recibido clases de Naad Ioga con Surinder Singh, de canto dhrupad con Shri Prashant Kumar Mallick, y de cantos armónicos con David Hykes (creador del concepto y de la primera coral de cantos armónicos), también formado en Still Voice training.  En el 2008 asistió al V Congreso Internacional de khoomei, celebrado en la República de Tuva (Siberia, Rusia; tocando con Mongolia), donde aprendió con varios maestros diversas técnicas de canto gutural y difónico propio del Centro de Asia. Volvió a Tuva en 2012 y 2013 donde se presentó a la competición del VI Congreso Internacional de khoomei (primer español en presentarse). Imparte cursos y talleres desde el 2009, ha sido y es profesor en diferentes formaciones de la voz, como Voz Integral o Aliento y Voz. Es cofundador de MuOM.
Roger Sans Guimerà
Roger Sans Guimerà(Barcelona. 1984)
Artista y educador. Interesado en el enfoque transdisciplinar de las artes escénicas y en los procesos educativos a través de éstas. Se ha formado en la pedagogía Orff Schulwerk, en la metodología Basketbeat y en diversas disciplinas artísticas y de crecimiento personal. Forma parte del equipo de educadores de la asociación Basketbeat acompañando grupos regularmente, y desarrolla diversos proyectos artísticos enfocados en el ámbito social y educativo: la Orquesta Basketbeat, el coro MuOM, la JamFolk, la experiencia Playfulness, entre otros.
David Sitges-Sardà
David Sitges-Sardà(Barcelona, 1979)
Músico y musicoterapeuta, licenciado en filosofía, y actualmente estudiando Astrología en la escuela Casa XI. Forma parte de la asociación Basket Beat, y dirige la orquestra Big Band Basket Beat Barcelona, cuyo último espectáculo fue estrenado en el Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona en Marzo del 2018. Toca regularmente acompañando a distintos artistas de Kirtan como Jai Uttal, Kevin James, Joan Condal y Brenda McMorrow entre otros. Compone su propia música (Mística Barroca, autoeditado 2017), y actualmente está trabajando en su próximo proyecto, electronicaorganica.com.
Joaquin Manjón
Joaquin Manjón(Guinea Ecuatorial-Cataluña 1965)
Empezó el canto de armónicos en 2001, tras la lectura de un libro sobre la voz, los armónicos, y tras escuchar a lamas del Tibet y a David Hykes. Su formación musical no es superior, pero heredó el oído y la sensibilidad musical de sus abuelos paternos y de su padre. Solía improvisar, cantando con sus hermanos en la escalera de sus abuelos, que era como una iglesia. Es cofundador de MuOM.

Brief History

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.

Expansion

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).

International acclaim

“MuOM performed in Great Britain to enthusiastic audiences, in the World Concert Series in St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, and in the International Llangollen Fringe Festival in Wales.”

Special Collaborations

We had the great honor of sharing the stage in the Millenium Festival with Carlos Núñez, in Palau de la Música de Barcelona, playing for over 600 people with Luis Paniagua in the gothic Cathedral del Pi, and Mark Pulido with his special Bilas (flat bells). MuOM is part of a videoclip with U2, and has recorded the music for the movie “Un Trabajo y Una Película”.

Acoustics

MuOM usually sings in cathedrals and churches where the acoustic helps to amplify the harmonics and expand the voices to create a natural and cohesive sound world. However we also have performed in theatres such as the Palau de la Música de Barcelona, with an adequate sound system and sound technician.

Carlos Núñez and MuOM

Video at the 16 bs Festival Mil·lenni

A return to the purity of sounding

MuOM proposes a return to the purity of sound. Naked voices that sustain a single note into infinity.

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