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Mongolian Khőőmii (overtone) singing Lessons taught by Michael Ormiston


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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 six 1 hour lessons are designed to integrate all aspects of the Mongolian Tagnain Khőőmii technique,

from the method of singing harmonic overtones, the important Mongolian root sound quality,

melodic exercises to the cultural context of Khőőmii.


Body, breathe and voice warms ups will prepare the student for each lesson.


Michael Ormiston is the UK's most experienced Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone) Singer. He 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.


In 2011, Michael in conjunction with SOAS and The Embassy of Mongolia organised, lectured and performed at the Inaugural European Mongolian Khöömii Festival in London.


He 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