What is Overtone Singing?

Overtone singing in the west (not to be confused with Central Asian throat singing), involves splitting one voice into 2 distinct pitches at once. The lower pitch is the fundamental from which the natural harmonic series is generated. The singer uses special techniques to isolate individual harmonics and make them clear above this lower pitch. It is possible to move these 2 pitches in counterpoint with each other.

Online overtone singing course

Kiva created a comprehensive online course for beginners through advanced learners. It consists of 12 streaming videos (3.5 hours total), loads of downloadable written material, special notation, exercises and more. The course begins with exploration of the voice in the healing aspects, then takes the singer way beyond these 'automatic' elements into the realm of practical musical applications and several innovative variations. Besides being a fascinating skill on its own, it may enhance almost any style of singing.
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Private SKYPE sessions may be arranged at any point.
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How does Kiva use overtone singing in her music?
Since beginning this vocal style in 1989, Kiva has become recognized especially for incorporating overtones into genres not commonly associated with it, such as jazzy pop/ experimental/ world/ alt singer songwriter and new classical. You might say 'non-esoteric'. Some of her works feature these techniques exclusively, whereas others use it judiciously as the 'special spice'. She has developed numerous variations on her own, which show up in surprising ways. Sometimes it shows up as specific parts in songs that otherwise have lyrics. Words sung in a 'natural' way can move into overtones in a single breath. Other times, it serves as a basis for improvisation. Usually it is accompanied by her own keyboard playing, with some tracks including percussion, stringed instruments and others by various accomplished artists. The vocal techniques can result in passages that are smooth and dreamy or very rhythmic and hypnotic in nature.
Besides the overtone singing in her three solo CDs, Kiva has created a substantial body of work for SATB overtone choir, with complex arrangements. Every member learns the skill at an advanced polyphonic level. She established her own such choir 'Auralia' in Prague. 
Overtone choir AURALIA at the Prague Overtone Festival 2010 directed by Kiva Simova, with special guest Wolfgang Saus (second from right)

Overtone choir AURALIA at the Prague Overtone Festival 2010 directed by Kiva Simova, with special guest Wolfgang Saus (second from right)