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Mongolian Khöömii Overtone Singing
Individual Lessons

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.
Learn an authentic traditional Mongolian technique.
Listen to your own overtones as you discover the unknown depths and heights of your own voice.
The 1 hour lessons that Michael or Candida give 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 Khöömii. Other Khöömii styles are also incorporated
Body, breathe and voice warms ups will prepare the student for each lesson.
For Prices and Booking please contact Michael at ormi_khoomii@yahoo.com
Candida Valentino at candidavalentino@yahoo.co.uk or 07837074505
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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 over 25 years.
He along with Candida have taught Khöömii on the SOAS World music summer school for over 15 years as well as individually teaching ethnomusicology students at SOAS, & Goldsmith College, University of London, ADEM- Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie Geneva, Keele University,and the Royal Holloway University.
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.
Candida Valentino travelled in 2000 to Mongolia where she was taught by Tserendavaa in his ger in Chandman’ Sum. She is one of the few western woman to learn melodic Khöömii as well as the Kharkhiraa undertone singing variant and was blessed to teach Mongolian Khöömii singing by Tserendaava. Candida has performed these styles in concert with Tserendavaa, for the Royal Shakespear Company, The Tashi Lhunpo Monks and can be heard on her and Michael’s many CDs.