Esplanade Presents | A Tapestry of Sacred Music
Throat Singers of Tuva
(Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)
For centuries, the low, droning call of the Tuvan herdsman has resounded in the vast, cold grasslands of Tuva between Siberia and Mongolia, the land of herding, wrestling, shamanism, wildly romantic folklore, and Tuvan throat-singing known as xöömei.
It is the art of singing two or more notes at a time by manipulating the muscles of the throat, mimicking the sounds of the land, honouring earth, animal, water and sky. The song transports listeners to a world of rushing waters, whistling winds, galloping horses and birdsong. Find out how the Tuvan’s belief in spirits is reflected in their musical practices and learn how natural sounds are mimetically transformed into music representations.
Today, it is still practiced as part of the traditional Tuvan way of life, now performed in ensemble with traditional instruments such as the horse head fiddle, capturing the hearts of audiences worldwide.
Among its biggest stars are four-piece Huun-Huur-Tu.
Tuvan throat singing: the call of the herdsman
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Huun-Huur-Tu come from the former Soviet Autonomous Republic of Tuva, a sparsely settled region of grasslands, boreal forests, and mountain ridges that lies 2,500 miles east of Moscow, Russia, situated at the centre of Asia, just north of Mongolia. The indigenous music highlights rare instruments and preserves what is arguably some of the world's oldest forms of music-making. The best-known genre of Tuvan music, xöömei (throat-singing), comprises what one might call a lexicon of musical onomatopoeia in which natural sounds are mimetically transformed into musical representations. Their past collaborations range from Ry Cooder to The Kronos Quartet. The current album Eternal is a collaboration with electronic musician and record producer Carmen Rizzo (Niyaz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paul Oakenfold, Seal) to form a unique blend of ambient electronic and sonic textures compared to the style of Brian Eno. The album takes you through a lush cinematic journey of almost dream like sequences of deep happiness. Forty minutes of a thrilling ride from start to finish.
More details: http://www.hhtmusic.com
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg: vocals (khoomei, sygyt and kargyraa), igil (two-string bowed instrument)
Sayan Bapa: vocals (kargyraa and khoomei), toschpulur (lute with two strings), igil, guitar
Alexei Saryglar: vocals (sygyt), tuyug (horse hooves), tungur (shaman-drum), igil
Radik Tyulyush: vocals, igil, shoor (Tuvan flute)
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