Tuvan’s khoomei or throat singing

Linked with Sainkho Namtchylak – Russia / Siberia.

Tuva is a part of Russia, inhabited by a Turkic people related to the nearby Mongolians. Tuvans are known abroad for khoomei (xöömej), a kind of throat singing. Traditionally music from Tuva was only a solo effort. The musician’s intention was usually to emphasize timbre and harmonics over rhythm. The performances were often in places of natural acoustics such as caves, cliffs, rivers, and so on. The performer would often take long pauses to allow nature its own chance to converse back. The modern music found today is often composed of ensembles of musicians playing multiple instruments and often is much more pulsatile than its traditional uses … (full text).

Some video-exemples:

Igil solo, singing in xoomei & kargyraa styles – Alash, 04.59 min, Oct 31, 2007.

Sainkho Namchylak at Seedcamp-Festival, 1.54, May 02, 2007;

Performances (Sainkho Namtchylak, Tuva), 3.14 min, April 20, 2007;

Tuvan Throat Singing, 1.19 min, October 09, 2006;

Amazing Grace using throat singing overtones, 0.50 min, February 04, 2007;

#1 Sainkho Namtchylak @ Xin Hao Yun 2007-7-27, 9.56 min, July 27, 2007;

#2 Sainkho Namtchylak @ Xin Hao Yun, BJ 2007-7-27, 8.01 min, July 28, 2007;

Sainkho+Dickson live in Shenzhen, 1.02, August 10, 2007;

Mongolian Song – Ode to Altai (阿尔泰颂), 3.40 min, October 25, 2007;

Tuvan Throat Singing, 1.44 min, March 21, 2008;

Kargyraa, 2.23 min, April 29, 2007;

Sainkho Namtchylak (live 2002), 5.43, January 24, 2007;

Sainkho Namtchylak, 3.58 min, November 09, 2007;

Tuva throat singing – on amazon.

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