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Tuva Throat Singers (video) Tuva Throat Singers
A video about Tuvan throat singing that features Shonchalai Oorzhak-Choodu, a female throat singer. Produced by Journeyman Pictures, London, UK
Translation by Sean Quirk of Valentina Suzukei's study of Tuvan music culture in the XXth century. Fundamental Research on Musical Culture of Tuva in the Twentieth Century Ready for Publishing
Translated by Sean Quirk and Theodore Levin
Tuva Online, May 2, 2007

Famous Tuvan music researcher Valentina Suzukei has finished her multifacetous study of Tuvan music culture in the XXth century. ...
Translation by Sean Quirk of Valentina Suzukei's study of Tuvan music culture in the XXth century. Timbral Listening
Wikipedia

...In Timbral Listening "pitch is subordinate to timbre." Instead, the specific quality of a musical tone is determined by considering "the presence, distribution and relative amplitude of overtones." ...
Tuva Overiew, National Geographic: World Music) Tuva Overiew
National Geographic: World Music

... But perhaps the best example of what has happened to the region's music as a result of not only Soviet control but also of Western influence is Alash, a group of Tuvans who learned Western notation on stringed instruments that were hybridized versions of traditional ones....
Tuva Overiew, National Geographic: World Music) The Art of Tuva Throat Singing
On Point with Tom Ashbrook (NPR)

There is a land at the vast, windswept meeting of Siberia and Mongolia, where humankind's most ancient, nomadic past still lives in song....
The Throat Singers of Tuva (article from Scientific American, September 1999) The Throat Singers of Tuva
Scientific American, September 1999 [PDF]

Testing the limits of vocal ingenuity, throat-singers can create sounds unlike anything in ordinary speech and song ...
Musical Archaeology, Tucson Weekly, January 30, 1997 Throat-Singing, a unique vocalization from three cultures
Smithsonian Global Sound Feature

Throat-singing, a guttural style of singing or chanting, is one of the world's oldest forms of music. ...
Xoomei Center Официальный сайт Международного Научного Центра «ХООМЕЙ»
Xoomei Center Xöömei Center in Kyzyl, Tuva
Tuvan National Orchestra Tuvan National Orchestra
Alash, Sean Quirk, and other well-known Tuvan musicians are members.
Tiny Tuva Is Making Big Sound in World Of Off-Beat Music, Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2006 Tiny Tuva Is Making Big Sound in World Of Off-Beat Music
Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2006

... "I was watching a martial-arts demonstration, when all of a sudden I heard this, uuuuuuuiiiiiieeeeerrrrrrraaaaaahhhh," ... (This article, which was published in the Wall Street Journal, is available online at www.khoomei.com. Scroll down to the post by "godzilla")
Khoomei.com Khoomei.com
Steve Sklar's website about khoomei with articles, lessons, photos, and videos.
Megan Romer's Throat Singing 101 Megan Romer's Throat Singing 101
Tuvan Throat Singing Basics: Tuvan throat singers are able to, through shaping their throat, lips and mouth, produce a number of tones at once.
Busker-Kibbutznik.org Khoomei HOW-TO
A small collection of resources to get anyone started throat singing
Overtone singing, Wikipedia Overtone Singing, Wikipedia
Overtone singing, also known as overtone chanting, harmonic singing, or harmonic chant, is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the harmonic resonances ...
Throat-Singing, All Music Guide, Fall 2001 Throat-Singing, All Music Guide, Fall 2001
Throat singing is a particular type of vocalizing that, in the West, was known almost exclusively by scholars, until quite recently. ...
Tuvan Throat Singing and the Legend of the Horse Head Fiddle, Sarah Wallin, 2005 Tuvan Throat Singing and the Legend of the Horse Head Fiddle
Sarah Wallin, 2005 [PDF only]

... the Horse Head Fiddle is an important part of Tuvan pastoral music. According to ancient Mongolian legend ...
Overview on Overtones, Numen Music Center, Djembe Overview on Overtones, Numen Music Center, Djembe
In the world of sound, overtones occupy the place of the magician. ...
A miraculous method of singing A miraculous method of singing
Exercised by a number of Central Asian tribes, throat singing is a peculiar vocal art with three basic vocalizing methods ...
Overtone Singing, Vocal Multiphonics Overtone Singing, Vocal Multiphonics
Also known by the term Harmonic Singing, this is a special vocal technique originating in the Altai - Tuvan - Mongolian region which allows the singer to produce more than one musical note at once. ...
Meistersingers of the Steppe Meistersingers of the Steppe
... arguably the most technically virtuosic vocalists in the world are the herdsmen of Tuva ... singing to themselves in the otherworldly multiple tones of the khoomei style ...
Musical Archaeology, Tucson Weekly, January 30, 1997 Musical Archaeology
Tucson Weekly, January 30, 1997

... the art of imitation is rooted in a centuries-old world view of music as an offering .... The end result is a strange, beautiful tapestry of sound and rhythm that taps into something more real, more authentic, than anything you'll likely find on the American musical landscape. ...
Music of Tuva, Wikipedia Music of Tuva, Wikipedia
... There is debate as to the exact number of styles or techniques the Tuvans use in their throat singing....
Musical Archaeology, Tucson Weekly, January 30, 1997 Tuva-Irish Project
All About Jazz, May 15, 2007

If the collaboration between a Tuvan throat singer and an Irish laptop-ist sounds an unlikely combination, the end results fully justify the experiment. ...
Republic of Tyva Three features from Russia Today - Fifth International Xöömei Symposium (24-28 July 2008), Wayfarer: Destination Tyva (11 July 2008), and Republic of Tyva (3-6 September 2007)
Videos about Tyva and throat singing, including two interviews with Sean Quirk.
Republic of Tyva Voices from the Center of Asia
Link to tracks from the CD
Every Tuvan Maker of Traditional Instruments should Preserve his Own Style Every Tuvan Maker of Traditional Instruments should Preserve his Own Style
TuvaOnline, November 15, 2005

... A seminar devoted to the problems and prospects of the Tuvan traditional instruments was organized by the Centre of Folk Arts headed by Zoya Mongush. ...
Tuva Throat Singers Tuva Throat Singers
NPR, All Things Considered, September 5, 1999

... NPR's Michele Kelemen visited Tuva, and reports that officials there are hoping interest in Tuvan music will attract attention to this poor region. ...

Voice Production in Tuvan throat singing [back to top]

The Throat Singers of Tuva (article from Scientific American, September 1999) The Throat Singers of Tuva
Scientific American, September 1999 [PDF]

Testing the limits of vocal ingenuity, throat-singers can create sounds unlike anything in ordinary speech and song ...
Harmonic singing vs normal singing, science@unsw Harmonic singing vs normal singing, science@unsw
We explain some of the acoustics of harmonic singing (also called diphonic singing, overtone singing, xoomi singing, sygyt singing, throat singing, Tuva singing etc)
Overtone Singing, Utrecht University, Phonetics Overtone Singing, Utrecht University, Phonetics
This is a demonstration of overtone singing. ... You will hear a whistle over the drone of the fundamental and lower harmonics. ...
Vocal fold and false vocal fold vibrations in throat singing and synthesis of khöömei Vocal fold and ventricular fold vibration in period-doubling phonation: Physiological description and aerodynamic modeling [PDF only]
... their vibration has been observed during specific vocal gestures: Asian throat singing. ...
Tuvan Overtone Singing: Harmonics Out of Place (acoustics) Tuvan Overtone Singing: Harmonics Out of Place
... Based on the results of acoustic analysis of Xoomei conducted at SAVAIL, I would like to argue that the physical act of creating overtones may originate in vowel production, but the end product (the actual overtones themselves) are far from vowel-like. ...
TUVA Throat Singing (acoustics) TUVA Throat Singing
... While it sounds as though the singer is producing two separte tones at the same time, this is not true. ... the singer is altering and sharpening the resonance of that vocal tract so as to produce one single very sharp ... resonance at about 2000Hz. ...
How to Sing Three Notes at the Same Time How to Sing Three Notes at the Same Time
La Scena Musicale - Vol. 2, No. 9, June 1, 1997

... one person can sing in chords and can also provide a melody. ...

Tuva Republic [back to top]

Kyzyl time and weather Time and weather
Current time and weather in Kyzyl, capital of Tuva
Government of the Republic of Tuva (Russian) Правительство Республики Тыва (Government of the Republic of Tuva)
ОФициальный сайт
Tuva Online (English) Tuva-Online (English)
News Agency of the Russian Republic of Tuva. English edition.
Tuva-Online (Russian) Тува-Онлайн (Tuva-Online, Russian)
Тува-Онлайн - это первое информационное агентство Республики Тува.
The discovery of an outstanding "royal" burial of the Scythian period in Tuva, Hermitage News The discovery of an outstanding "royal" burial of the Scythian period in Tuva
Hermitage News, 2006

Joint Russo-German scientific team excavates and studies an undisturbed grave from the 6th-5th century B.C.
Republic of Tyva Three features from Russia Today - Fifth International Xöömei Symposium (24-28 July 2008), Wayfarer: Destination Tyva (11 July 2008), and Republic of Tyva (3-6 September 2007)
Videos about Tyva and throat singing, including two interviews with Sean Quirk.
Tuva, Kommersant Tuva, Kommersant - Russia's Daily Online (English)
General information about the Republic of Tuva (Tyva)
Tuva, Wikipedia Tuva, Wikipedia
Geography, history, and demographics of the Tyva Republic.
TyvaWiki TyvaWiki
A repository for information about Tyva.
Sami Jansson's journey to Tuva Sami Jansson's journey to Tuva
Travelogue with links to photos.
Some information on Tuva Some information on Tuva
Interesting tidbits about Tuva. Links to photos of exhibitions. A link to send free musical postcards of Tuva. By Cornelie Müller-Gödecke.
Talking Dictionary Talking Dictionary
Tuvan-English English-Tuvan, Tuvan language and culture portal at Swarthmore College.
Tuvan Language Tuvan Language
The Tuvan language (Tyva dyl), also known as Tuvinian language, is one of the Turkic languages (A subfamily of Altaic languages). ...
Tyva google map Tyva google map
Satellite images of Tyva from maplandia.com
Kyzyl, capital of Tyva, wikimapia Kyzyl, capital of Tyva, wikimapia
Satellite images of Tyva from wikimapia.org
Tuva, maps.live.com Tuva, maps.live.com
Road, aerial, and hybrid map.
Contemporary Shamans of Mongolia and Republic of Tuva on Facebook Contemporary Shamans of Mongolia and Republic of Tuva on Facebook
A Shaman's Prayer SBS Dateline: A Shaman's Prayer
Story by video journalist Nick Lazaredes about Tuvan shamans. Three musicians from Alash are featured in the segment about throat singing.
Tuva, Land of Eagles Tuva, Land of Eagles
Article about the 1993 Expedition to Tuva by The Foundation for Shamanic Studies
On the plurality of world perceptions: The Case of West Tyvans in South Siberia On the plurality of world perceptions: The Case of West Tyvans in South Siberia
Anett C. Oelschlaegel, an Associate Researcher at the Siberian Studies Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, studies questions of interpretation of the world, religion, and divination in Western Tyva.
Keeper of the Reindeer Keeper of the Reindeer of the Great Taiga
... For three days, the reindeer herder Oleg Orai-ool became the most popular person in the taiga spa "Ush-Beldir", in the East of Tuva ... There are not many [reindeer herders] left in the Todzha district - the only place in Tuva where reindeer herders live. ...
Tuvan Yurts The Republic of Tuva
Five short films by Jonathan Smith and David Gala documenting their trip to Tuva in 2002, including a visit to a working yurt.
WikiTravel Tuva WikiTravel Tuva
Tuva is on the border with Mongolia and shares much in common with the adjacent Mongolian regions....
NatGeoVanLang Tuva National Geographic - Vanishing Languages
...The reach of Mandarin and English and Russian and Hindi and Spanish and Arabic extends seemingly to every hamlet, where they compete with Tuvan and Yanomami and Altaic in a house-to-house battle....
Academia.edu Tuvan language Academia.edu - Tuvan Language - Siberian Languages in Contact
Abstract Morphological categories of Siberian Turkic numerals are particularly complex and therefore deemed to be especially advantageous to areal investigations....
Tran Quang Hai's World Tran Quang Hai's World
Ethnomusicologist Tran Quang Hai maintins a blog with many interesting links related to Tuvan throat singing and other types of overtone singing.
Site devoted to Mongolian arts and culture MongolianArtist.com
The latest in Mongolian arts and culture from hundreds of sources across the Web.
Traditional Music and Instruments of the Mongolian people Traditional Music and Instruments of the Mongolian people
The traditional Mongolian Folk music is influenced by the large variety of tribes ... (site includes photos of traditional instruments)
Music of Mongolia, Wikipedia Music of Mongolia, Wikipedia
... Traditional long-songs are one of the greatest features of Mongolian music....
Mongolian Music, Sound Transformations Mongolian Music, Sound Transformations Website
... On this site you can find out about Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone) Singing, Mongolian Traditional Music...
Mongolian Music, Interview with Altai-Hangai Mongolian Music, Interview with Altai-Hangai, Asia Source website
Altai-Hangai is a Mongolian musical group that fuses the sounds of traditional throat-singing and horse-head fiddle with contemporary forms of jazz....
Music of Altai, Wikipedia Music of Altai, Wikipedia
... The performance of traditional epics, accompanied by the topshur, is an important part of Altay music....
Epics from the golden Altai Mountains Epics from the golden Altai Mountains
... One of the most important forms of Altai art ... is the narration of epics in the falsetto voice to the accompaniment of the topshur ...
The Gyume and Gyoto Monks The Gyume and Gyoto Monks
One night in 1433, the Tibetan lama Je Tzong Sherab Senge awoke from a startling dream. In it he had heard a voice unlike any voice that had ever sounded on the planet. ...
mongoliaexpat.com mongoliaexpat.com
Seriously cool stuff for a seriously wild country. An online magazine.
Altai Republic, Official Portal Altai Republic, Official Portal
The Oirot-Altaians - indigenous population inhabiting mountains and foothills of the geographical Altai....

Photos of Tuva [back to top]

Nature Photography of Russia Nature Photographs by Konstantin Mikhailov
Photographs of Tuva.
Hans Rossel Travel Photography Hans Rossel Travel Photography
Photographs of Tuva. Stock photography.
Photography by Oleg Kosterin Photography by Oleg Kosterin
Photographs of Tuva.
Photography by K. David Harrison Photography by K. David Harrison
Swarthmore College Linguistics, Field Work 2003
ArcticPhoto Online Arctic Photo (Search for "tuva".)
Photographs of Tuva. Stock photography.
Explorer-Photo Explorer-Photo
Photographs of Tuva. Stock photography.
Flickr Tyva Flickr Tyva
Photographs of Tuva on Flickr
Siberia Trekking Siberia Trekking
Photographs of Tuva

Friends of Alash [back to top]

Bela Renova RenovaRenova
Alash's airfare is generously provided by Renova.
Bela Fleck Béla Fleck and the FlecktonesBela Fleck
Alash are guest artists on the Flecktones' Grammy-winning CD "Jingle All the Way." During December 2008 and 2009, Alash toured with the Flecktones to promote the CD.
Elliott Levin Elliott Levin
Avant-garde jazz musician from Philadelphia and leader of the Extra Special Terrestrial Guests, a group that collaborates with Alash. Listen to jam sessions audio icon [10:40]  and audio icon [10:28] , recorded at the Rotunda in Philadelphia in 2007.
Friends of Tuva Friends of Tuva
Friends of Tuva (FoT) was conceived by accident in 1981 to commemorate Tuva's 60th anniversary as a distinctive splotch on the world globe. ...
Juniper Green, LLC Juniper Green, LLC
Juniper Green LLC is a U.S. based Limited Liability Corporation (formed in Wisconsin) focused on promoting Tuvan music and culture. Sean Quirk is the managing member.
Kongar-ol Ondar Kongar-ol Ondar
Official website of Kongar-ol Ondar, master throat singer and artistic director of Alash.
Naftali Schindler Naftali Schindler
Naftali Schindler is a composer and fan of Tuvan music who invited Alash to perform at Yale.
Naftali Ovaa Ovaa
Ovaa handmakes traditional and non-traditional Tuvan instruments.
Sai-Xonash Sai-Xonash (Сай-Хонаш)
Zhenya and Anai-Xaak Saryglar are an independent couple living in Kyzyl who offer a number of affordable services for tourists, researchers, and students of Tuvan culture.
Sergei Sotpa Sergei Sotpa
Sergei Sotpa was an original member of Alash.
Naftali Shonchelai Shonchelai
Shonchelai, a Tyvan woman who lives in Canada, has created an English language blog about Tyva. She has also started an English language Google group about Tyva. Only members can view the group's content. Consider joining if you want to exchange information and opinions about Tyva.
Sun Ra Arkestra Sun Ra Arkestra
The first American Jazz band to travel to Tuva. Several Sun Ra musicians join forces with the Extra Special Terrestrial Guests to collaborate with Alash. Listen to jam sessions audio icon [10:40]  and audio icon [10:28] , recorded at the Rotunda in Philadelphia in 2007.