Michael Ormiston



United Kingdom

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Michael Ormiston has been composing, performing, teaching and writing about music for many years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently involved as a solo performer, in a duo with Candida Valentino and a member of Miraca, Boundless, Hyperyak, Mysterious Tremendum, Praying for the Rain music groups. His original compositions have been used on TV (BBC and Channel 4), Theatre (Theatre de Complicite), Dance (Ballet Frankfurt, Spiral Dance) and performance (London Jazz Festival). His throat singing has been used on Hollywood Films (The Golden Compass, We Were Soldiers), and TV (BBC’s acclaimed series Planet Earth, Last of the Medicine Men). He has performed globally including for His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Michael is also a radio programme researcher, writer and presenter, a traditional music reviewer (Songlines magazine), a workshop leader, teacher and researcher in Mongolian music. He is one of the principal workshop leaders and performers of Eye-Music’s Colourscape.

Michael specializes in Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing, being one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii. He has been studying Khöömii since 1988, attending lectures by Dr Carole Pegg (Cambridge University), Tran Quang Hai (Muse de l’homme, Paris) and Dr Alan Dejaques (Lille University). He has travelled to Mongolia six times (1993/94/97/2000/05/6) where he studied Khöömii with Tserendavaa, Gereltsogt, Ganbold, Sengedorj, Tsogtbaatar, the “Cream” of Mongolia’s Khöömii singers. In 1994 Michael was given the blessing by Gereltsogt to teach the basic practices of Khöömii Singing. Since then he has given workshops, lectures and individual lessons worldwide and in the summer of 2002 Candida and Michael toured Europe with Tserendavaa who gave both of them his blessing to teach the basics of Mongolian Khöömii. In 2006 Michael was invited to perform in Mongolia with Mongolian throat singers as part of the 800th anniversary of the declaration of the Mongolian Empire.

Michael has facilitated Khöömii and Overtone singing workshops in the U.S and Europe including at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Greenwich University, London, The Giving Voice Festival (Wales), Gaunts House, Dorset, The New Life Centre, New York, Ballet Frankfurt, Germany, The Centre of Intercultural Harmony, Ascona, Switzerland, Trinity College Dublin with the Temenos Project, Alternatives, St James Church, London, The Eden Project, Cornwall, England

For the past thirteen years Michael has led workshops, evenings and therapy sessions in Relaxation, Meditation and Deep Listening using Tibetan Singing Bowls, ever since Khamba Lam Choijampts, the head Abbot of Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia heard Michael playing them.

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Michael has a rare collection of Mongolian instruments including the Morin Khuur, Tobshuur, Tömör Khuur, Khulsan Khuur, Limbe, Yatag, Tsuur. Among the other instruments he plays are, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Symphonic Gongs, Saz (Turkish long necked lute), Flat backed Bouzouki, Ney (Turkish end blown flute), Jew’s harps, Live electronics……
Morin Khuur, Tobshuur, Khalsun Khuur, Flat backed bouzouki,Nay, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Tomor Khuur, Symphonic Gongs, zither, Shawmand ....
Tserendavaa, Sundui, Sengedorj, Ganbold, Gereltsogt, Yavgan, Davaajoe, Zulsar, Khosbayar, Amartuvshiin...Huun Hurr Tu, Chirgilchin, Gannadi tummat... Sainkho Namchylak, Maggie Nicols, Lis Fraizer, Diamanda Galas, Julie Tippetts, Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara, Michael Vetter, Phil Minton, Roberto Laneiri, Demetrio Stratos, david Hykes, Tran Quang Hai, yat-Kha, etc etc

Comment Wall:

  • Kolja Simon

    Nice to meet You here!
  • Hosoo

    Hi My freind
    Good man
  • Arjopa

    Dear Michael!!
    Thanx a lot for your friendship,here!!
    Your music is absolutly wonderful!!

    Hope you like our Khoomei Throatsinging Contry Punk,too!!

    Best regards from Berlin!!

    Arjopa & The Master U-like

  • Arjopa

    Shagaa Bile dear Michael!!

    We wish you & your family a happy, healthy, fruit- & successful
    New Year of the Earth Cow!!
    May all your plans & wishes come true in this year of butter & cream!!

    Shagaa Bile!!

    Khoomei Throatsinging Country Punk Greetings from Berlin!!

    Arjopa & The Master U-like

  • Lyz Cooper

    Glad to hear you had a great time - jealous!! I'm hoping to go back to Lapland again in Feb. Yes, a catch-up would be great. See you soon.
  • Gaynor O'Flynn

    No, must give her a bell I know she may had bad hay fever in the summer, love Gay
  • Patrik Niels

    Hi Michael,
    All is well here. Just moved to larger premises last September. We have our own concert room now. Fancy coming back to Belgium for a concert & workshop?
    Love to both of you from

    Patrik & Myriam