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Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia

Various Artists
Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia

Recorded in 1987, this highly-acclaimed release makes available to the world a miraculous and remarkable ancient musical tradition, including examples of the rare multiphonic "throat-singing" technique. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Folklife Programs, and the U.S.S.R. Union of Composers, it is an astonishing achievement. "Primal and forthright...a beguiling earful." — The New York Times

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"The Jew’s Harp: Vibrating Through Many Cultures"
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Track Listing

101
Steppe Kargiraa Fedor Tau 1:20
102
Sigit Mergen Mongush 0:33
103
Sigit "Alash" Mergen Mongush 1:38
104
Sigit with Igil (bowed instrument) Anatoli Kuular 2:12
105
Khoomei Fedor Tau 0:34
106
Khoomei Sundukai Mongush 0:26
107
Tespeng Khoomei Sundukai Mongush 0:46
108
Kozhamik (medley) with khoomei, sigit, and kargiraa Tumat Kara-ool 2:00
109
Kargiraa duet "Artii-Sayir" Tumat Kara-ool and Andrei Chuldum-ool 1:08
110
Khomuz melodies performed by trio of Khomuz players Anchimaa Sonat, Anchimaa Khert, Achyimaa Targin Chandanmaa Torten-ool 1:49
111
Borbannadir Mikhail Dopchun 0:54
112
Borbannadir Tumat Kara-ool 0:48
113
Borbannadir with finger strokes across lips Tumat Kara-ool 0:42
114
Borbannadir Anatoli Kuular 1:26
115
Ezengileer Marzhimal Ondar 1:22
116
Sigit with khomuz Oleg Kuular 0:56
117
Medley of various throat-singing styles Ensemble "Amirak" 2:56
118
Kargiraa "Artii-Sayir" Vasili Chazir 1:05
119
Melody on the amirge (hunting horn): luring of the stag Vasilii Khuurak 0:46
120
Imitation of the roe deer, the musk deer, the reindeer, owl, wolf's howl; Appeal to the patron of hunters before the bear hunt; Reinder herder's calls to reindeer Vasilii Khuurak, Shozhul Salchak, and Polina Ore-ool 3:32
121
Domestication of sheep to lamb Doluma Lopsanchap 1:13
122
Domestication of goat to kid Doluma Lopsanchap 0:33
123
Domestication of cow to calf Khuren Oorzhak 0:33
124
Domestication of camel to calf Shimet Soyan 0:30
125
Excerpt from shamanic healing ritual Alexander Davakai 2:19
126
Funeral lament Tatyana Sat 1:20
127
Lullaby Tatyana Sat 0:55
128
Wooden jew's harp Balgan Kuzhuget 0:46
129
Lullaby with Khoomei Bilchit-Maa Davaa 1:08
130
Long Song: "Don't Frighten the Crane" Sundukai Mongush 1:50
131
Long Song: "When I Graze My Beautiful Sheep" Khuren Oorzhak 1:30
132
Kozhamiktar (antiphonal quatrains) Group of men and women from Chadan, Dzun-Khemchik Region 1:03
133
Ceremonial Song: "Hymn to the Mountains" Kazak Sandak 1:01

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