Events

 

Trainings, Open Seminars, Concerts 2018

see also the Page “Projects”

 

Open Seminars

 

“The Wisdom of the Ancient Song”

May, 4. – 6. in The Benediktushof in Holzkirchen/Wuerzburg

Since Georgian polyphonic vocal music has been listed by the Unesco World Heritange in 2001, these unique songs with their extraordinary harmonies teach us, how singing about the many facets of human existence can transcend social, national, cultural and religious differences. Without judging or expecting perfection our voice can become the mediator of deep feelings and profound sincerity.

From some still intact ethnic communities, where the body is understood as a sacred and sound “musical” instrument, we can learn to remember how naturalness, lightness, flexibility and energy is the original state of our own bodies and voices. And maybe we can realise, how every being with its own song is part of “the great symphony of life”. (Hazrat Inayat Khan)

The seminar is open to anyone who would like to explore their voice and their vibrational qualities, especially to therapists, pedagogues, speakers, musicians, teachers, midwives, (choir-)singers and social workers, who are interested in a lively, mindful and easy contact with their singing and speaking voice.

Duration:     3 day  (2 overnight stays)
Fee:   € 250.- per person plus cost for accommodation and food 
Information and Registration: www.benediktushof-holzkirchen.de

 

“Songs from Home” in Lüneburg in mosaique
Open group for people who like to sing and to meet others through the traditional songs from their home-lands.

Lueneburg at “mosaique” Katzenstrasse 1
Friday from 16 – 18h
14. and 28. 9.; 5. and 19. 10.; 9. and 23. 11.; and 7. and 21. 12.
free entrance
Info: http://mosaique-lueneburg.de

 

“Songs from Home” in Hamburg in the Goldbekhaus
For women of all nationalities who enjoy meeting others, singing together and exchanging songs from different cultures.

meeting: every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 16 – 18h
free entrance, child-minding offered

Start: 24. September 2018
Moorfuhrtweg 9, 22301 Hamburg
in the workshop: Jutta Bauer Goldbekhof 9d
Registration and Info: Lea Romaker e-mail: lea.romaker@goldbekhaus.de
Tel. 040-278-702-23

 

“Healing Songs”

November, 2. – 4. November in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Gitschiner Straße 91

The seminar is open to anyone who would like to explore their voice and their vibrational qualities, especially to therapists, pedagogues, speakers, musicians, (choir-)singers, teachers, midwives and social workers, who are interested in a lively, mindful and gentle contact with their singing and speaking voice.

Information and registration with A. &. L. Granzow-Seidel: granzow-seidel@t-online.de

 

„My Voice Has Many Coulours“ – Voice Training and Singing for Men

To discover one’s own voice is an adventure which touches us and makes us truthful to ourselves and to others. But often it is not easy for men to show the whole spectrum between power and tenderness. Songs from different cultures of the world encourage us to explore the different colours of our voices. Singing together gives us a space and the support to find an expression for them.

Sa. 10. 11. 2018 and Sa. 9. 3. 2019 from 11 – 14h
Familienbildungsstätte Lüneburg,  Bei der St. Johanniskirche 3, 21335 Lüneburg
Registration and Info: https://familienbildungsstaette.de

 

 

Trainings

“The Wings of the Voice”

One-Year Training Course at The Himalaya-Institut Hamburg
(Saturdays: 27. 1., 3. 3., 21. 4., 2. 6., 15. 9., 27. 10. and 24. 11. 2018)
Information and registration:  www.himalaya-institut.de

A series of 7 Saturdays for a more conscious relationship with your own voice
with Imke McMurtrie at The Himalaya-Institut in Hamburg/Osterstrasse

Sa. 27. 1. 2018
Arches of the feet, pelvic floor, connecting above and below, gravity and uprightness
Sa. 3. 3. 2018
the diaphragm and its connection to lumbar region, psoas and sternum
Sa. 21. 4. 2018
The function of the larynx in connection with chest and shoulders
Sa. 2. 6. 2018
The function of the larnx in connection to jaw and neck
Sa. 15. 9. 2018
Spaces of resonance in your head: mouth, nose, sinus, frontal sinus and sphenoid bone
Sa. 27. 10. 2018
Ears and eyes: pressure or receiving, hearing and seeing, being heard and being seen
Sa. 24. 11. 2018
neuro-physiology, neuro-biology and the voice
This training course is meant for people who work with others and who have to talk or sing a lot, or for people who want to develop a conscious relationshio with their own voice, i. e. paedagogues, therapists, speakers… and for everybody who wishes to have a greater awareness and gentleness in their voice.
If we allow our voices to consciously sound with presence, freedom and vitality, then we offer to the people, whom we encounter to become aware of these qualities within themselves and to resonate in a similar way.
“The Wings of the Voice”
Two Year Training Course in Bohmte/Osnabrueck
7 week-ends: 17./18. 2., 14./15. 4., 22./23. 9. 2018 and 2./3. 2., 11./12. 5., 28./29. 9., 30 .11./1. 12. 2019
This training course is mainly for (music-)therapists, pedagogues and people who work with singing in their professions. We will explore the healing effect of polyphonic song, especially the songs from the Caucasian republic Georgia. It is advantageous to have a basic knowledge of singing and music.
The 7 thematic areas for the 7 week-ends see above at Hamburg training
Registration: with Anne Kuhlemann: anne.kuhlemann@freenet.de

Concerts

Choir Concert: “Touch The Song”
in The Museum of Lueneburg

with women’s choir Femmes Vocales (director: Imke McMurtrie),
with Petra Thelen (Saxophon) and other guest musicians

Due to high demand the concert from 2017 will be repeated
on February 9th and 10th at 7pm
Tickets at the Box-Office of the Museum: 0049 – 4131 – 720 65 80

Women’s Choir Contribution at “Cantaluna Lueneburg”
Sunday 30. 9. 17h – 18.30h at Leuphana University main building
see also daily press Lueneburg

 

Women’s-Choir-Project in Lueneburg “Femmes Vocales”

every Tuesday 19.15 – 21.15h in the Zehntscheune, Am Domänenhof, Kloster Lüne
Information and registration: Frauenchor Femmes Vocales

Individual Sessions, Voice Coaching, Voice Therapy
please contact me info@mcmurtrie.de or phone ++49-4131-864-1876

 

 

2017

Seminar from 3. – 5. March 2017 in Wuerzburg at The Benediktushof
SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN – Voice Awareness and Georgian Polyphonic Singing
Information and Registration: www.benediktushof-holzkirchen.de


Seminar April 1st and 2nd 2017 at the Himalaya-Institut in Hamburg
BREATHING, BODY, VOICE – The Work of Elsa Gindler and The Unfolding The Voice
with Stephanie Kraus and Imke McMurtrie

The body work in the tradition of Elsa Gindler (1885–1961), also known as Gindler-work is a way of self inquiry. It is based on releasing deeply rooted tendencies and habits that hold and contract muscular tissue. Sensing and understanding the inner workings of our own body we can discover the free flow of our breathing and the lightness of our natural movements. To experience this interaction teaches us to respect the physical principles of our body and to develop a new competence, which we can draw on in times of outer stress or inner imbalance.

A free body has a great potential to resonate and – like a good musical instrument – it can allow the voice to unfold. Each time we receive our inbreath, we connect with a source, a stillness – something deeply meaningful within us, with which we can learn to stay in contact even while speaking or singing. The prerequisite for an authentic singing and speaking voice as well as for truthful communication with ourselves and others, is to experience our body as a transparent, energetic space of resonance, in which the voice can vibrate in its multi-faceted nature. On that basis songs of indigenous cultures can provide the possibility to experience how various feeling qualities affect us.

The objective of this work is to integrate the liveliness of our movement and our voice into our everyday life – beyond attitude and posture – and in this way regaining our own inner balance and strength. Insights into the anatomy of our body and the function of our voice are an integral part of the seminar, which complement the process of developing a greater self awareness.

This seminar is aimed at people who wish to relate lively and attentively to their body and their voice. At the same time it offers ways of stress management and regeneration.
Registration & Information: www.himalaya-institut.de


Seminar  5. – 7. May in Berlin at the Goralewski Gesellschaft
BREATHING, BODY, VOICE – Gindler-Work and The Unfolding of The Voice
with Stephanie Kraus and Imke McMurtrie
Information & Registration: www.goralewskigesellschaft.de


Training Course 19. – 21. May in Bologna/Italy: Basic Seminar
LA SAGGEZZA DELLA VOCE – The Wisdom of Our Voice
in Italian Language
Information & Registration: Meike Clarelli clarellimeike@hotmail.com


Training Course 
26. – 28. May in Modena/Italy: Module 5
LA SAGGEZZA DELLA VOCE – The Wisdom of Our Voice
for advanced participants only
in Italian Language
Information & Registration: Meike Clarelli clarellimeike@hotmail.com


Seminar 8. – 10. September in Leipzig
SOUND, BODY, VIBRATION IN GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC SINGING
Information & Registration: Antonia Persch atope@gmx.de

 

Seminar 15. – 17. September in Hamburg
“GRAVITY AND GRACE” – Feldenkrais and Voice
with Petra Koch (www.petra-koch-feldenkrais.de) and Imke McMurtrie
Information & Registration: Christiane Saß christiane.sass@gmx.de

 

Seminar September, 29  – Oktober 1. Berlin
HEILE STIMME – HEILSAME GESÄNGE
Information und Anmeldung: granzow-seidel@t-online.de

 


Seminar 13. – 15. October Fraueninsel Chiemsee/Obb.
SONGS BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH
with Marianne Wegener (Qigong) and Imke McMurtrie (Singing- and Voice)
Information & Registration: Marianne Wegener mw@wu-chi.net

 

Choir-Concert 11. and 12. November in The Museum Lueneburg
TOUCH THE SONG
Saturday, 11. 11. 19h, Sunday 12. 11. 18h
Information and Ticket Reservation: www.frauenchor-lueneburg.de


The Training Course 2016/17, “The Wings of the Voice”
 at The Himalaya Institut in Hamburg is fully booked.

A new Training Course begins January 2018. (Saturdays: 27. 1., 3. 3., 21. 4.,
2. 6., 15. 9., 27. 10. und 24. 11. 2018)
Information & Registration: www.himalaya-institut.de

“The Wings of the Voice”
A series of 7 Saturdays for a more conscious relationship with your own voice
with Imke McMurtrie at The Himalaya-Institut in Hamburg/Osterstrasse

Sa. 27. 1. 2018
Arches of the feet, pelvic floor, connecting above and below, gravity and uprightness
Sa. 3. 3. 2018
the diaphragm and its connection to lumbar region, psoas and sternum
Sa. 21. 4. 2018
The function of the larynx in connection with chest and shoulders
Sa. 2. 6. 2018
The function of the larnx in connection to jaw and neck
Sa. 15. 9. 2018
Spaces of resonance in your head: mouth, nose, sinus, frontal sinus and sphenoid bone
Sa. 17. 10. 2018
Ears and eyes: pressure or receiving, hearing and seeing, being heard and being seen
Sa. 24. 11. 2018
neuro-physiology, neuro-biology and the voice
This training course is meant for people who work with others and who have to talk or sing a lot, or for people who want to develop a conscious relationshio with their own voice, i. e. paedagogues, therapists, speakers… and for everybody who wishes to have a greater awareness and gentleness in their voice.
If we allow our voices to consciously sound with presence, freedom and vitality, then we offer to the people, whom we encounter to become aware of these qualities within themselves and to resonate in a similar way.

Women’s-Choir-Project in Lueneburg “Femmes Vocales”

every Tuesday 19.45 – 21.45h in the Zehntscheune, Am Domänenhof, Kloster Lüne
Information and registration: Frauenchor Femmes Vocales

Individual Sessions, Voice Coaching, Voice Therapy
please contact me info@mcmurtrie.de or phone ++49-4131-864-1876

 

Concerts and Seminars 2016/17

 

open seminars

12. – 14. February Hamburg with Petra Koch: Feldenkrais and Voice
Information and registration: Christiane Sass christiane.sass@gmx.de

4. – 6. March Training 2 Modena in Italian with German translation
Information and registration: Meike Clarelli clarellimeike@hotmail.com

11. – 13. March Open Seminar Bologna in Italian with German translation
Information and registration: Meike Clarelli clarellimeike@hotmail.com

16. and 17. April Kronberg/Frankfurt 
Information and registration: Inge Friedrich-Rust inge.friedrichrust@gmail.com

23. und 24. April Munich
Information and registration: Stephanie Erkens erkens@klangderstille.com

14. – 16. October Benediktushof Würzburg
Information and registration: www.benediktushof-holzkirchen.de

21. – 23. October Fraueninsel Chiemsee/Obb.
Information and registration: Marianne Wegener mw@wu-chi.net

“The Wings of the Voice”
A series of 7 Saturdays for a more conscious relationship with your own voice
with Imke McMurtrie at The Himalaya-Institut in Hamburg/Osterstrasse

Sa. 10.09.2016
Arches of the feet, pelvic floor, connecting above and below, gravity and uprightness
Sa. 26.11.2016
the diaphragm and its connection to lumbar region, psoas and sternum
Sa. 28.01.2017
The function of the larynx in connection with chest and shoulders
Sa. 25.03.2017
The function of the larnx in connection to jaw and neck
Sa. 24.06.2017
Spaces of resonance in your head: mouth, nose, sinus, frontal sinus and sphenoid bone
Sa. 23.09.2017
Ears and eyes: pressure or receiving, hearing and seeing, being heard and being seen
Sa. 18.11.2017
neuro-physiology, neuro-biology and the voice
Registration and Information: www.himalaya-institut.de

 

Women’s-Choir-Project in Lueneburg “Femmes Vocales”

every Tuesday 19.45 – 21.45h in the Zehntscheune, Am Domänenhof, Kloster Lüne
Information and registration: Frauenchor Femmes Vocales

Individual Sessions, Voice Coaching, Voice Therapy
please contact me info@mcmurtrie.de or phone ++49-4131-864-1876

 

Concerts and Seminars 2015

28. 2. – 1. 3. in Munich – Seminar: “The Wisdom of the Voice”
Seminar with Imke McMurtrie

In this seminar we will learn to listen to our own voice and to its multifacetted possibilities. We will discover our instrument “the voice” which conveys to us how we are tuned in different situations. With simple polyphonic songs from Georgia (UNESCO Cultural Heritage) we can experience how we are all part of a vibrating oneness. The voice unfolds in a dynamic field of independence and interdependence. It is a way of experiencing its healing and uplifting qualities directly through our body.

Registration: Stephanie Erkens: erkens@klangderstille.com

 

Seminars in March with the music-ethnologist Nana Mzhavanadze
The well-known singer and music-ethnologist is teaching polyphonic songs from her homeland Georga. She studied at the State’s Conservatory in Tblissi and today she is the project manager of Braveheart Georgia (www.braveheartgeorgia.org). Sie is living as an ambassador for the musical heritage of her country. Since many years Imke McMurtrie und Nana Mzhavanadze are working together to bring the Georgian polyphonic music to the West and to understand its enormous potential for singers and music-therapists. The seminars are held by Nana Mzhavanadze. She is teaching in English language with German translation.
Leipzig: 6./7./8. 3. registration: Ines Grossklags: inessa.gr@gmx.de
Bremen/Worpswede: 13./14./15. 3. registration: Simone Theobald: glueck@srtheobald.de
Düsseldorf: 19./20./22. 3. registration: Karola Soyka: ksoyka@gmx.de
Hamburg: 27./28./29. 3. registration: Freya Roebbert: praxis.roebbert@gmx.net

 

10. – 12. April in Modena/Italy – Seminar: “La Saggezza della Voce”
with Imke McMurtrie
This seminar is to understand one’s own voice – how it works, how it touches and how we can unfold our inner truth through a respectful relationship with our bodies, our breathing and our voice. This seminar is for people who work with their voices in their profession. Actors, singer, teachers and speakers and for all those who want to discover their voice as a means for self-development. (the seminar will be held in Italian language with English and/or German translation)

registration: Meike Clarelli: cantosensibile@libero.it

 

13. and 14. June 2015 in Lueneburg/North-Germany – 2 Concerts:
“Tavis upleba – The Freedom to be oneself”

Meeting with Western Classical music and Ethnic music from West- and Eastern-Europe in the newly opened museum in Lueneburg/North-Germany. Together with the Lueneburg women’s choir Femmes Vocales, guest musicians from the Caucasian Republic Georgia and from Germany will guide you through the museum with music and song.

Conducting: Imke McMurtrie, Tamar Buadze, Edda Suckau

We will witness a meeting and merging of two musical traditions that outwardly may seem to be very different, but inwardly both share fascinating parallels. Together with our audience, we want to experience the peace making and unifying role of music, that knows of no borders, prejudices or power-struggles, but rather emphasises the international, harmonical laws of mankind and reminds us of its songs, the longing for self-determination and peace of all people.

“Tavis upleba means in Georgian language: the freedom to live the highest in oneself

Info & tickets: www.museumlueneburg.de

 

Saturday, 26. 9. 2015 in Marquartstein/Bavaria, 9.30 – 18.00h
“In Harmony With Your Own Voice”
Veranstaltungsraum Walter-Brandäcker 16 – 83250 Marquartstein

Music-ethnological studies have shown, that the effect of community singing reaches far beyond national borders. It seems that while immersing ourselves in the traditional songs of other cultures, we connect with an acient emotional memory, that belongs to mankind. On this seminar day we will acquaint ourselves with Georgian polyphonic songs (which are on the list of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage). They teach us very concretely that we are all part of a vibratiing whole and that we are inter-connected  in a vital relationship between autonomy, community and nature. A voice that is aware and truthful towards oneself has a different quality – it is touching and liberating at the same time.

Info and registration: Herbert Water – 08641/9569156 – email: h.walter@tsn.at
2. – 4. October at the Fraueninsel Chiemsee (Bavaria)
Seminar: “Songs between Heaven and Earth”
with Imke McMurtrie (Singing- and Voice-Tuition) and Marianne Wegener(Qigong)

The voice can be considered as a seismograph for the connectedness with ourselves and our inner centre. When we listen to what out own voice is telling us, it can become an important means to perceive ourselves and others.
Indigenous cultures who still live in a natural connection with the forces of heaven and earth, are valuing this unity through singing. Their songs can inspire us to use the varied possibilities of our voice as a holistic approach to ourselves and as a source of health.

TaiJi and Qigong can provide the possibility to deeply understand our body and our mind. The exercises of the Qigong are freeing the body and loosen rigidity. This can lead to the opening of spaces of resonance which will guide the voice to greater freedom and ease. The exercises of the “Healing Sounds” are five breathing techniques which will help to get rid of too much pressure, tightness or negative emotions.
In the mornings and the evenings we will practise the TaiJi-Form of the „Five Elements“ outdoors, to experience ourselves as part of nature and of the beauty of this very special island.

Registration is open until 30. July 2014:
Marianne Wegener – Wu-Chi – Schule für TaiJi und Qigong/Meridian-Shiatsu
Tel: +49-(0)8051-966038, Fax: +49-(0)8051-966037, Mail: mw@wu-chi.net
info: www.wu-chi.net, www.imke-mcmurtrie.net

 

30. October – 1. November: Klein Jasedow
Seminar: The Healing Voice
Friday, 30. 10. (18h) – Sunday, 1. 11. (12.30h)
in The Academy of Healing Arts e.V., Klein Jasedow/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

In this seminar the singer and music-ethnologist Imke McMurtrie invites you to an intensive experience with your own voice and with singing in a group. The holistic approach combines breathing- and body-awareness with vocal exercises which will lead to the singing of ethnic songs and experimenting with ethnic vocal techniques.

Info and Registration:  Europäische Akademie der Heilenden Künste e.V.

 

7. and 8. November in Hamburg at the Himalaya-Institut 

A free body provides a great possibility for resonance. That means that the vibration of ones voice can travel freely through the whole of your body without hindrance, like with a well built musical instrument. To experience your body as an instrument full of life and energy and to acquire permeability, flexibility and body awareness is the basis in which the singing voice will thrive. Ethnic songs will teach us, how our voice expresses an inner truth and how it can be part of a wholesome singing experience.

Info and Registration: www.himalayainstitut.de, info@himalaya-institut.de

 

13. – 15. November In Kronberg/Frankfurt 

Our voice is an important instrument in communication and a valuable means for self development. However many people are longing to relate to their voice, its sound and its effect in a more conscious way.

IIn this seminar Imke McMurtrie will give a practical insight into the function of breathing and voice production, so that we can express ourselves more authentically  and creatively through our singing and speaking voice in our personal and professional lives. This can be useful not only for people who have to speak publically. By developing a more differenciated body awareness – free from achievement pressure and expectation – we can explore the vibrational quality and the effect of resonance of our voice. This will lead to a greater potential, lightness, balance and joy in the use of voice.

Info and registration: Dr. Inge Friedrich-Rust: friedrich-rust@women-sy.de and hannebohn@women-sy.de

 

20. – 22. November in Modena/Italy – Seminar: “La Saggezza della Voce”
with Imke McMurtrie
This seminar is to understand one’s own voice – how it works, how it touches and how we can unfold our inner truth through a respectful relationship with our bodies, our breathing and our voice. This seminar is for people who work with their voices in their profession. Actors, singer, teachers and speakers and for all those who want to discover their voice as a means for self-development. (the seminar will be held in Italian language with English and/or German translation)

Info and registration: Meike Clarelli: cantosensibile@libero.it

 

Fr. 27. (8pm), 28. (7pm) November 2015 in Lueneburg/North-Germany
2  Concerts:
“Tavis upleba – The Freedom to be oneself”

Meeting with Western Classical music and Ethnic music from West- and Eastern-Europe in the newly opened museum in Lueneburg/North-Germany. Together with the Lueneburg women’s choir Femmes Vocales, guest musicians from the Caucasian Republic Georgia and from Germany will guide you through the museum with music and song.

Conducting: Imke McMurtrie, Tamar Buadze, Edda Suckau

We will witness a meeting and merging of two musical traditions that outwardly may seem to be very different, but inwardly both share fascinating parallels. Together with our audience, we want to experience the peace making and unifying role of music, that knows of no borders, prejudices or power-struggles, but rather emphasises the international, harmonical laws of mankind and reminds us of its songs, the longing for self-determination and peace of all people.

“Tavis upleba means in Georgian language: the freedom to live the highest in oneself

Info & tickets: www.museumlueneburg.de

 

Women’s Choir-Project in Lueneburg

Every Tuesday (apart from school holidays) 19.45 – 21.45h in The Zehntscheune,  Am Domänenhof, Kloster Lüne

Info about trial sessions: Frauenchor Femmes Vocales

Individual Sessions, Voice Coaching, Voice Therapie: please contact me by mail or phone

 

Concerts and Seminars 2016

14. – 16. October at Benediktushof/Wuerzburg
Seminar 
“Close to Heaven” – Polyphonic Songs from Caucasian Republic of Georgia
with Imke McMurtrie 

Die georgischen Vokalmusik steht seit 2001 auf der Liste des UNESCO-WeltkulturerbesDieses einzigartige Liedgut mit seinen ungewöhnlichen Harmonien zeigt, wie wir die vielen Facetten unseres Menschseins jenseits aller sozialen, nationalen, kulturellen oder religiösen Grenzen gemeinsam besingen können. Ohne Bewertung oder Anspruch auf Perfektion kann unsere Stimme Vermittlerin tiefer Gefühle und großer Ehrlichkeit werden.

Wie in manchen noch intakten ethnischen Gesangskulturen, die den eigenen Körper als lebendiges, energiereiches, heilsames Musikinstrument erleben, können auch wir wieder Leichtigkeit, Kraft und Flexibilität im Stimmklang entdecken. Und vielleicht können wir dabei erahnen, wie jeder Mensch mit seiner ganz eigenen Stimme auch Teil der “großen Symphonie des Lebens” ist.

Das Seminar richtet sich an stimm- und klanginteressierte Menschen, sowie Therapeuten, Pädagoginnen, Sprecher, Musikerinnen, Trainer, Hebammen, Sozialarbeiter, die sich im beruflichen und im privaten Feld einen lebendigeren, achtsamen Umgang mit ihrer Sing- und Sprechstimme wünschen.

Information and Registration: www.benediktushof-holzkirchen.de

21. – 23. October at the Fraueninsel Chiemsee (Bavaria)
Seminar: “Songs between Heaven and Earth”
with Imke McMurtrie (Singing- and Voice-Tuition) and Marianne Wegener(Qigong)

The voice can be considered as a seismograph for the connectedness with ourselves and our inner centre. When we listen to what out own voice is telling us, it can become an important means to perceive ourselves and others.
Indigenous cultures who still live in a natural connection with the forces of heaven and earth, are valuing this unity through singing. Their songs can inspire us to use the varied possibilities of our voice as a holistic approach to ourselves and as a source of health.

TaiJi and Qigong can provide the possibility to deeply understand our body and our mind. The exercises of the Qigong are freeing the body and loosen rigidity. This can lead to the opening of spaces of resonance which will guide the voice to greater freedom and ease. The exercises of the “Healing Sounds” are five breathing techniques which will help to get rid of too much pressure, tightness or negative emotions.
In the mornings and the evenings we will practise the TaiJi-Form of the „Five Elements“ outdoors, to experience ourselves as part of nature and of the beauty of this very special island.

Registration is open until 30. July 2016:
Marianne Wegener – Wu-Chi – Schule für TaiJi und Qigong/Meridian-Shiatsu
Tel: +49-(0)8051-966038, Fax: +49-(0)8051-966037, Mail: mw@wu-chi.net
info: www.wu-chi.netwww.imke-mcmurtrie.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concerts and Seminars 2014

Singing Georgian and the Liberation of the Voice Seminar and Concert Tamar Buadze, Rustavi/Georgia & Imke McMurtrie in 61476 Kronberg (near Frankfurt) 7. – 9. February 2014 Seminar begins: Friday, 7. 2. 2014 6pm Seminar ends: Sunday, 9. February 2014 ca. 6pm Registration: friedrich-rust@women-sy.de This seminar is already booked out. You can apply for a place on the waiting list. Tamar Buadze (www.tutarchela. com) is a singer and leader of several vocal ensembles in Georgia. The most famous is her women’s choir Tutarchela. Since her childhood Tamar has been singing in choirs. From her grandparents she learned the traditional Georgian folk songs. She studied singing and choir leading at the State’s Music Conservatorio in Tbilisi. In 2004 she founded the award winning women’s choir Tutarchela. Since 2006 she is directing the Music School in her home town Rustavi, where she founded several children’s choirs. Following the request of the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institute in Tbilisi she founded a women’s choir for international classical and ethnic repertoire. Tamar Buadze is well known for the film: “Like Air to Breathe”, directed by Ruth Olshan and for her numerous concerts and seminars in Germany and in Switzerland. “So Close To Heaven” Georgian Singing and the Joy of Resonance with Imke McMurtrie Veranstaltungsraum: Yoga Atelier, Sedanstr. 26, D-81667 München/Germany Sunday, 23. February 2014 from 10:30am to 6pm Registration and Information pleas call before 4. Februar: 0049-89- 62 232 612 info@klangderstille.com The Healing Power of the Voice with Imke McMurtrie Himalaya-Institut Osterstr. 172B, D-20255 Hamburg 8. und 9. March 2014, Saturday. 10 – 17h, Sunday. 10 – 16h Ein freier Körper hat eine große Resonanzfähigkeit, das heißt, die Vibration des Stimmklangs wird ungehindert durchgeleitet, wie bei einem guten Musikinstrument. Den eigenen Körper als lebendiges, energiereiches Instrument zu erleben, sich Durchlässigkeit, Flexibilität und Bewusstheit im Klang zu erwerben ist die Grundlage für das Singen. Am Beispiel ethnischer Lieder erleben wir unsere Stimme als Ausdruck unserer eignene inneren Wahrheit und als Teil des Gesamtklangs. Registration: info@himalaya-institut.de 2 Workshops with Nana Mzhavanadze Singer and Music-ethnologist from Georgien 10. / 11. May in Hamburg (http://www.stimmpraxis-roebbert.de/aktuelles/ ) and 17. / 18. May in Düsseldorf (http://www.drei-klang.de/ ) Ensemble im Wandel: Concert Kirche der Stille 17. Mai. 2014, 20 Uhr Helenenstraße 14A, D-22765 Hamburg, Tel. 0049 – 40 – 43 43 34 Karin Holzwarth, Rebab, Ud, Ney, Voice, Ulrike Herzog, Frame-Drum, Percussion Imke McMurtrie, Voice, Dombra Petra Thelen, Saxophon, Duduk Unfortunately this concert had to be cancelled. Seminar: Resonance – How the Voice Works Seminar with Imke McMurtrie in English with translation Saturday/Sunday, 31. May – 1. June Hlasohled – Prag, information and registration: http://www.hlasohled.cz/eng/workshops/workshops-2014/weekend-31st-may-1st-june-re-sonance-how-does-the-voice-work-led-by-imke-mcmurtrie-germany.html 2 Concerts: “Resonanz” – Songs and Texts in Unison with the Earth Friday, 4. 7. 20h in the Fürstensaal Rathaus Lüneburg, Marktplatz Sunday, 6. 7. 18.00 in the Musikschule Lüneburg, St.-Ursula-Weg 7 free admission Women’s Choir Femmes Vocales Conductor: Imke McMurtrie Co-Conductor: Edda Suckau Narrator: Karen Schmidt Guests: Petra Thelen: Saxophon Elke Allers: Voice Die healing Power of Voice Friday, 24. (18h) – Sunday, 29. (12.30h) October in the Academy of Healing Arts e.V., Klein Jasedow/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern In this seminar the singer Imke McMurtrie introduces a holistic approach to body, breathing and voice based on the work of Elsa Gindler and Frieda Goralewski. Working with the individual voice leads to experiencing your voice in a group through ethnic polyphonic singing. No previous experience necessary. Information and registration: Europäische Akademie der Heilenden Künste e.V. Songs between Heaven and Earth Seminar Voice and Qigong with Imke McMurtrie (voice-coaching and singing)und Marianne Wegener (Qigong) 10. – 12. Oct. 2014 at the Fraueninsel/Lake Chiemsee/South-Germany Arrival: 14.00-16.00h Seminar times: Fr. 10. Oct. 17.00 – 20.30h, Sa. 11. Oct. 9.00 – 17.30h So. 12. Oct. 9.00-15.00h We start and end the day with 40mins of TaiJi outdoors Registration: wu-chi.net Weekend 8th – 9th November: Conference THE VOICE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE TRANSCENDENT organised by: www.hlasohled.cz at the Music Academy Prague, Malostranské náměstí 13 Imke McMurtrie, lecture: Singing as a Way of Prayer, Saturday, 8th 11. 3.30pm Freeing Your Voice Seminar to unfold your singing and speaking voice with Imke McMurtrie 15. and 16. November 2014 In: 61476 Kronberg/Taunus, Stadthalle, Berliner Platz Saturday, 15. November 2014 10 – 13 und 14:30 – 17:30h and Sunday, 16. November 2014 9:30 – 13:30h Registration and Info: Netzwerk Ost-West e.V., Dr. Inge Friedrich-Rust, Falkensteinerstr 19, D-61476 Kronberg Tel. +49 (0)6173 79924 E-Mail: friedrich-rust@women-sy.de In this seminar Imke McMurtrie will offer practical knowledge about the function of voice and breathing. This will enable the participants to use their singing and speaking voice in everyday life and their professional life with more awareness and authenticity. The holistic approach to the body, voice and breathing will uncover a voice that is not pressured by expectation and achievement, but rather directed by balance, lightness and joy. On Sunday afternoon and Monday morning Imke is offering one-to-one voice and breathing sessions where she will focus specifically on the questions of the individual person. (To register for an individual session: see above mail-contact) Ganzjähriges Frauen-Chor-Projekt in Lüneburg jeweils dienstags 19.45 – 21.45h in der Zehntscheune, Am Domänenhof, Kloster Lüne Info und Anmeldung: Frauenchor Femmes Vocales

Concerts and Seminars 2013

Concert: Friday, 7. June, Prien/Chiemsee Seminar: Saturday, 8. and Sunday, 9. June, Prien/Chiemsee with Marianne Wegener (Qi Gong) and Imke McMurtrie Summer Evening – A-Capella Concert with the Lueneburg Women’s Choir Femmes Vocales Conductor: Imke McMurtrie, Recitation: Karen Schmidt 22. June 2013 at 8pm at Museum Lueneburg, entrance: Wandrahmstrasse, tickets: 8€ The women’s choir with its International repertoire acompagnies you into the shortest night of the year. Since many years Imke McMurtrie is specialising in Easter-European music and ethnic voice techniques. Under her guidance the choir is singing sacred and worldly songs about themes of human life: childhood, love, old-age, separation and songs to St. Mary or other songs of blessing – sometimes serene, sometimes contemplative interwoven with readings of poetry about the summer and texts about sun and light. The concert takes place in the frame of “Baustellenkonzerte” (concerts at the building-site) in the new Museum Lueneburg that will officially open in 2014. Seminar: Friday, 12. – Sunday, 14. July, Berlin with Renate Schulze-Schindler and Imke McMurtrie Bipolar voice work is a way to discover one’s individual and natural voice. It offers the possibility to “let go” of restricting patterns and habits and to develop new ways of using one’s voice. Many ethnic songs have an intrinsic simplicity, a natural beauty and power of expression.How can these simple songs help us to unlock the individuality of our own voice? And how can the bipolar approach contribute to discovering the depth and ease with which these songs should be sung? Info and registration: schulzeschindler@aol.com

Seminar: Friday, 27. – Sunday, 29. September at the “Academy for Healing Arts e.V.”, Klein-Jasedow/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Registration: Europäische Akademie der Heilenden Künste e.V. Talk and Seminar: 30. November – 1. December, Benediktus-Hof Würzburg “Music and Healing”, Hosts: Willigis Jäger und Beatrice Grimm Registration: Benediktushof Würzburg

Concerts 2012

Saturday, June 23rd Benediktushof Wuerzburg Concert and Workshop at the Summer Festival June, 23rd to 24th 2012 “Contemplation – Mysticism Today” Info und tickets: www.west-oestliche-weisheit.de Friday and Saturday, July, 6th and 7th 2012, at 19 and at 20.30h “Klang der Stille” im Kloster Lüne, Am Domänenhof, Lüneburg “The Sound of Silence” in the Monestary Luene in Lueneburg/North-Germany July, 6th and 7th, 2012 at 7 and 8.30pm a musical-scenic walk with instrumental and vocal music from medeval to contemporary composers with the music-ensemble Megaphon Hannover and the women’s choir Femmes Vocales e.V. Lüneburg artistic director Lenka Župková choreography: Mikael Honesseau choir conductor: Imke McMurtrie Tickets: LZ Veranstaltungskasse, Am Sande 17, 21335 Lüneburg, 04131/74044 Friday to Sunday, September 7th to 9th 2012 Concert and Workshop by Imke McMurtrie at the Oya-Festival: “Living the New tomorrow Today” organised by: The European Academy of Healing Arts e.V. Everywhere the signs of our time call for deep changes. How can we really develop and practise new ways of living and thinking? The festival celebrates and researches a culture of abundance, with the fullness of life at its centre. Fullness comes into being through co-operation and communal contribution of free human beings. To bring into existence a culture of abundance, where the values of the community are cared for with heart and hand – this is a creative process that leads to responsible living. One of the goals of the festival is the regional efficiency: to net-work between local initiatives and the creative impulses of the initiators of the festival; to develop new perspectives for a region with a high rate of unemployment and industrial farming. Info: www.oya-festival.de registration: anmeldung@oya-festival.de Sunday 23rd September 17.00h in Grootschermer near Amsterdam/Holland “The Wisdom of Ancient Song” Concert with the workshop-participants and Imke McMurtrie Info and registration: Erica Janse: vivavoce.nl@gmail.com Sunday, September 16th, 17h, Jacobi-Church Norht-Germany “Love-Songs to Creation” – Music and Songs on ethnic instruments from Eastern and Western traditions Info and tickets: www.khk-bleckede.de Friday, 16. November 19.30h, Klangheilzentrum München Concert: “Songs Along The Silk Road” Imke McMurtrie (Voice), Karin Shefika Holzwarth (Ney, Rebab, Ud) and Herbert Walter (Ney, Ud, Guitar) A very special musical journey to listen and to join in singing From the longing of the Indian Courtesan Songs we are taken into the endlessness of the steppe of Central Asia with the melodies of the Uigurs, the Kazakhs and the Tartars. We will be touched by the powerful harmonies of Georgian polyphony and we enter the heart of Turkish Sufi music. With mulit-colored, tender and energetic sounds we are moving Westwards towards Europe and our musical treasures from the East will cross with melodies that are more known to us. Imke McMurtrie’s touching voice is inspired by the richness of the musical expression of ethnic songs. Karin Shefika Holzwarth and Herbert Walter widen the range with their brilliant and multi-facetted playing on traditional instruments from the Ancient Orient – Dombra, Ney, Rebab, Ud and frame drum. Inspiring rhythmical moments will change into delicate sounds and promise a very special experience for ear and voice. Klangheilzentrum München (Wolfgang Friederich) 81373 München-Sendling, Ötztalerstr. 1b (Corner to Hansastraße, U/S-Bahn: Harras) Tel. 089-88905635, Info and ticket reservation: info@chanten.de Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, 17. and 18. November, Klangheilzentrum München see. below

Seminars 2012

Friday, 13th – Sunday, 15th July in Berlin “Bipolar Voice Training and Ethnic Polyphonic Singing” with Renate Schulze-Schindler and Imke McMurtrie Bipolar voice work is a way to discover one’s individual and natural voice. It offers the possibility to “let go” of restricting patterns and habits and to develop new ways of using one’s voice. Many ethnic songs have an intrinsic simplicity, a natural beauty and power of expression. How can these simple songs help us to unlock the individuality of our own voice? And how can the bipolar approach contribute to discovering the depth and ease with which these songs should be sung? Info and registration: schulzeschindler@aol.com Friday, 21. September Holland Workshop 10h – 16.00h “Etnische polyphone liederen in de therapie” door Imke McMurtrie. Voor muziek- en zangtherapeuten (voertaal Engels) “Ethnic polyphonic songs in music-therapy” for music- and voice-therapists Informatie: Erica Janse: vivavoce.nl@gmail.com Saturday, 22nd and Sunday 23rd September in Grootschermer near Amsterdam/Holland “The Wisdom of Ancient Song” – Seminar (in English), Sunday afternoon, 23rd Concert with the workshop-participants and Imke McMurtrie Info and registration: Erica Janse: vivavoce.nl@gmail.com Georgian Harmony Songs with Nana Mzhavanadze and the Women’s Choir Femmes Vocales 28. – 30. 9. Lüneburg Friday 19 – 21h, Saturdy 10 – 17h, Sunday 10 – 14h Nana Mzhavanadze was born into a family of traditional songmasters from the Gurian region of Western Georgia. She learnt her craft at her grandparents’ knee. A singer of exquisite refinement, with a near perfect command of English, she teaches her country’s traditional polyphony internationally. She went on to study at the Tbilisi Conservatoire, where her interests lay both in her traditional music and in the revival of Ecclesiastical chants, suppressed under Communism. Now project director of Braveheart Georgia she lives her life as an ambassador for her country’s musical heritage and culture. Nana sings with the Tbilisi women’s choir Sathanao. For more information: see www.braveheartgeorgia.org Info and Registration: heidi.ahrendtsen@gmx.de Workshop with Imke McMurtrie: The Power of Ethnic Singing Saturday, 17. November 10 – 18h, Sunday, 18. November 10 – 14h Klangheilzentrum München (Wolfgang Friederich) 81373 München-Sendling, Ötztalerstr. 1b (Corner to Hansastraße, U/S-Bahn: Harras) Tel. 089-88905635, Info and Ticket Reservation: info@chanten.de Contribution: 140.-€ Info: Seminar at the European Academy of Healing Arts in Klein-Jasedow/North-East Germany. Info and registration: www.eaha.org