In order to promote Mongolian culture and cultural heritage in Europe, through the awareness-raising activities on Mongolian traditional music, khöömii, as well as cuisine, games and traditional script, Routes Nomades offers a series of lessons that can have different forms:
Apart from this offer, on request, we can also recommend you other types of educational activities and other contributors, quality lecturers and experts on Mongolia.
We, Routes Nomades and the musicians we work with, are particularly fond of transmission. Alongside the concerts, we propose (and sometimes organize) the courses of Mongolian traditional music, especially overtone singing.
Giving the opportunity to the audience and Mongolian music lovers to experience a privileged moment of practice and exchange with the musicians, before or after the concert is essential. Beyond the often-frontal relation of public and stage, and a certain distance between audience and artist, the convivial environment of the course enables the participant to find out more about the musicians and experience their practice from within, with them, through their own notions and perceptions of music.
Depending on your project, we offer several options that can be modified:
Within the framework of a tour with the Mongolian overtone singing masters:
Courses by Tserendavaa Dashdorj, Odsuren Baatar, Sengedorj Nanjid or Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa, accompanied by Johanni Curtet.
- Elementary course: public of all ages (children from 13 years), no musical level required, learning the fundamentals of overtone singing (respiratory management, making the fundamental drone with guttural voice, various exercises based on vowels and phonemes, modulation of the lips and tongue, listening to the voice timbre, superposition of several simultaneous sounds, playing with harmonics), ethnomusicology theory
- Advanced course: for the lovers of overtone singing who can already perform at least one Mongolian traditional melody in one or more overtone singing techniques, revision of fundamental knowledge, development of the acquired skill with collective level (learning a new melody, one or more new techniques, new exercises), ethnomusicology theory
Duration of courses: according to your wish, 2h, 3h, 6h, 12h…
References: Théâtre de la Ville of Paris, Quai Branly Museum, Museum of Asian Arts of Nice, Les Orientales Festival, Les Détours de Babel Festival, Centre for the Heritage of Instrument-Making, City of Arts in Chambéry, La Piscine in Dunkerque…
Off-tour, available all year round:
Courses by Johanni Curtet.
- Individual courses in Rennes and elsewhere (by the cycles of 5 sessions)
- Elementary and advanced courses
- Preparatory sessions prior to the courses with Mongolian masters
References: Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la musique, University of Rennes 2, Les Suds à Arles Festival, Les Orientales Festival, Centre for the Heritage of Instrument-Making, Péniche Spectacle in Rennes, Karma Ling Institute, Tortue Écarlate association (Cannes, Nice, Levens)…
There are many propositions in the teaching of overtone singing. We would like to emphasize that the courses we organize is in the direct line of the existing khöömii transmissions in Mongolia. Musical and Mongolian above all, this practice differs from the western overtone singing and its many variations, ranging from “shaman singing” to the “yoga of sound”.
After 10 years of ethnomusicological research and extensive discussions with Mongolian musicians and heritage bearers, it is important to highlight the reality of this tradition:
- khöömii is not a “shaman singing”
- khöömii is not used by the Mongols for supposed meditative or therapeutic functions