Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia

Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia

Various Artists SFW40017

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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"An Exploratory Short Course in Tuvan Throat Singing"

Year Released 1990
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1987 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Russia
Culture Group(s) Central-Asian; Tuvan
Instrument(s) Amirge; Bell; Drum; Igil; Jaw harp, wooden; Khomuz; Percussion vessel; Vocals; Vocals, group
Language(s) Tuvan
Subject(s) Chants; World music

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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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