Esplanade Presents


Workshop: An Introduction to Throat Singing

Huun-Huur-Tu (Tuva)

13 Apr 2024, Sat, 12.30pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Get a glimpse into what is arguably one of the world’s oldest forms of music making—xöömei with renowned throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu. Khoomei or xöömei 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 fluty 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. 


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Admission Age:
10 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information


Huun-Huur-Tu come from Tuva, a Russian federative republic, a sparsely settled region of grasslands, boreal forests, and mountain ridges that lies just north of Mongolia. The indigenous folk music of the group formed in 1992 highlights rare and native Tuvan 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.


Recognised as one of the foremost proponents of Tuvan throat-singing, Huun-Huur-Tu has released several albums and toured extensively to international festivals and prestigious venues, introducing Tuvan throat singing to audiences around the world. Their collaborations include artists from Ry Cooder to The Kronos Quartet. In 2009, Huun-Huur-Tu collaborated with electronic musician and record producer Carmen Rizzo (Niyaz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paul Oakenfold, Seal) for the album Eternal, a unique blend of ambient electronic and sonic textures compared to the style of Brian Eno. Their music has also been featured in films, video games and television series.

Date & Time

13 Apr 2024, Sat


Esplanade Recital Studio

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