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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. ...
Timbral Listening 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." ...
On Point, The Art of Tuva Throat Singing) 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")
Revolvy Tuvan Throat Singing, Revolvy
Overview of Tuvan throat-singing techniques, styles and customs, with links to related articles.
Khoomei.com Khoomei.com
Steve Sklar's website about khoomei with articles, lessons, photos, and videos.
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 Throat-Singing, All Music
Tuvan throat singing is a distinctively wordless vocal style; as the name suggests, the singing is throaty and guttural, producing buzzing, whistling sounds. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Post-Soviet Tuvan Throat-Singing Post-Soviet Tuvan Throat-Singing (Xöömei) and the Circulation of Nomadic Sensibility [PDF]
In the post-Soviet era, xöömeizhi (master throat-singers) from the Tuva Republic express a revitalized nomadic sensibility through xöömei singing practices ... (an ethnographic study by Robert Oliver Beahrs, 2014).
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 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. ...
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.
Russia Today Russia Today: two features about Tyva
Coverage of the Fifth International Xöömei Symposium, including the awarding of the grand prize to Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (2008). "Tyva Traditions under Threat" looks at social change in Tuva (2007).
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, Tuva page Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
Tuva page of UNPO, an international forum for peoples who are not represented in international fora such as the U.N.
Could Tyva Become Tuva Again? Could Tyva Become Tuva Again?
In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of what Russian and Soviet officials had called Tuva resolved to call their republic Tyva and themselves Tyvans. ...
Tuva, Wikipedia Tuva, Wikipedia
Geography, history, and demographics of the Tyva Republic.
TyvaWiki TyvaWiki
A repository for information about Tyva.
Tuva, Center of Asia Tuva, Center of Asia
The capital of Tuva, Kyzyl, claims to be the geographical “Center of Asia”, as asserted by the label of a homonymous monument in the city. Whether this claim is true or false, the Tyva Republic is the cornerstone of Russian power in the yellow continent. ...
Sami Jansson's journey to Tuva Sami Jansson's journey to Tuva
Travelogue with links to photos.
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 satellite map Tyva 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, Bing Maps Tuva, Bing Maps
Road and aerial map.
Contemporary Shamans of Mongolia and Republic of Tuva on Facebook Contemporary Shamans of Mongolia and Republic of Tuva (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. Transcript only.
Tuva, Land of Eagles Tuva, Land of Eagles
Article about the 1993 Expedition to Tuva by The Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Plural World Interpretations: The Case of the Tyvans of South Siberia Plural World Interpretations: The Case of the Tyvans of 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.
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 Society 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 ...
Altai Music Altai Music, Last.fm
Altay Republic is a region in Russia, composed primarily of ethnic Russians and Altaians. Prominent modern performers include....

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 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.
Fifth House Ensemble Fifth House Ensemble
The Fifth House Ensemble is a Chicago-based chamber music ensemble dedicated to expanding the perceived limits of classical music. They collaborated with Alash in a year-long project called Sonic Meditations.
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. ...
Hazmat Modine Hazmat Modine
Hazmat Modine is a blues band that has collaborated with Alash.
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-ool Ondar
Official website of the late Kongar-ool Ondar, master throat singer, mentor and artistic director of Alash in the group's formative years. See also: articles about Kongar-ool Ondar and Singing My Life, a biography of Kongar-ool Ondar by Valentina Suzukei (ebook, 2014).
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.
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.
Naftali Schindler Naftali Schindler
Naftali Schindler is a composer and fan of Tuvan music who invited Alash to perform at Yale.
Shodekeh Shodekeh
Shodekeh is a professional beatboxer and a frequent collaborator with Alash.
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.
Sergei Sotpa Sergei Sotpa
Sergei Sotpa was an original member of Alash.
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.

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