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Overtone and throat singing

Raphaël De Cock 
Molière Theatre - Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles

The technique of overtone singing consists in singing one or several tones above the vocal drone: one person is singing as if there were two voices. In this workshop, you will get familiar with overtone singing and styles of throat singing from different parts of the world (khoomei from Tuva and Mongolia, Umngqokolo from South-Africa, overtone polyphony, ‘a tenore’ singing from Sardinia, etc.). Throughout the course, we will focus on the throat singing styles from the Russo-Siberian Republic of Tuva (from the North-East to Mongolia).

After a vocal warm-up and some group exercises, Raphaël will explain the different techniques step by step. The class is given monthly, so that the students are given time to assimilate the techniques, to practice and to be able, during the next class, to go one step further in the wonderful world of vocal harmonics. Who knows, this might lead to a real overtone singing choir!

Raphaël De Cock 

Raphaël De Cock plays and sings with, among others, Griff, Osuna, Northern Lights, Muntagna Nera (Graindelavoix), NadiSuna, the Collectif Muzikaciné (Odna), Néboa, Waira, Tenore Monte Arvu and A Contrabanda. Raphaël began to play the Irish flute (tin whistle and low whistle) when he was 16 years old. The following year he started playing the uillean pipes (Irish bagpipes) and since then Raphael has not stopped collecting and playing traditional musical instruments. This musical millipede went on to specialize in a variety of ethnic singing styles, perhaps the most remarkable among them being Tuvan throatsinging. Meanwhile he has blossomed as a multi-instrumentalist and among other things he plays all sorts of flutes, bagpipes (gaita galega, Irish uillean pipes, Swedish säckpipa, Picard muchosa, Bulgarian gaida), Jew’s harp, stringed instruments (Siberian chatkhan, Tuvan chanzy, Chinese guqin), fiddles (Tuvan igil, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle Bulgarian gadulka) etc.

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Collective course (4 sessions of two hours)

Monday (1/month):

  • Beginners: 17h-19h
  • Advances (overtone choir): 19h30-21h30

maximum 10 participants  per group.


Molière Theatre
Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles


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Cycle 1
€ 150
Cycle 2
€ 150