Category Archives: Tuva

Tuvan Throat Singing | Alash | TEDxBaltimore


Tuvan Throat Singing | Alash | TEDxBaltimore

Published on Feb 2, 2016

Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time. Recorded at TEDxBaltimore January 2016. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Хоомей горловое пение 1992


Хоомей горловое пение 1992

Ajoutée le 31 oct. 2016

Есть очень интервью с участником VI Всемирного фестиваля молодёжи и студентов 1957 года в Москве, который завоевал золото. Вы сможете увидеть, какими были маленькими, теперешние звезды хоомея.
 There is a very interview with the participant of the VI World Festival of Youth and Students in 1957 in Moscow, which won gold. You will be able to see what the little ones were like, the present Hoomei stars.

“Аа-шуу декей-оо” и Гимн Республики / “Aa-shuu dekey-oo” and the anthem of the Republic of Tyva


“Аа-шуу декей-оо” и Гимн Республики Тыва/“Aa-shuu dekey-oo” and the anthem of the Republic of Tyva

Ajoutée le 9 déc. 2014

Финал концерта Тувинского национального оркестра (ТНО)
Аа-шуу декей-оо и Гимн Республики Тыва

TheTuvanNationalOrchestra (TNO)

Dear friends!
Welcome to the world of Tuvan music and throat singing on the YouTube channel of the Tuvan national orchestra!
On our channel you can watch Studio and live performances of the orchestra, as well as videos of soloists, ensembles and individual sections of the orchestra. We’ll also include master classes of people’s throat singers of Tuva and presentations of Tuvan traditional instruments.

If you want to touch the mysteries of ancient Tuva,
if you want to hear the call of the ancestors in your heart,
if you want to see the world full of colors
you’ll find it all on the channel of the Tuvan national orchestra! Subscribe to our channel!

Уважаемые друзья!
Добро пожаловать в мир тувинской музыки и горлового пения на YouTube-канале Тувинского национального оркестра!
На нашем канале вы можете посмотреть студийные и концертные выступления оркестра, а также видеозаписи солистов, ансамблей и отдельных групп оркестра. В том числе, вашему вниманию будут представлены мастер-классы народных хоомейжи РТ и презентации тувинских традиционных инструментов.

Если хотите прикоснуться к тайнам древней Тувы,
если хотите услышать в сердце зов далеких предков,
если хотите увидеть мир полный красок-
то всё это вы найдете на канале Тувинского национального оркестра!
Подписывайтесь на наш канал!…

Концерт ансамбля “Тыва”. Красноярск. 19 февраля 2013.


The concert of ensemble “Tuva”. Krasnoyarsk. February 19, 2013.

Концерт ансамбля “Тыва”. Красноярск. 19 февраля 2013.

Ajoutée le 14 mars 2013

Концерт ансамбля “Тыва” г. Кызыл в Красноярске. 19 февраля 2013 год.
Студия “Город”.
Звук: Игорь Гавришин
Камера: Павел Стабров, Танечка Вишневская, Евгений Елбашев
Монтаж: Анжела Берестова

HUUN HUUR TU: biography



Archaic voice wonder from Tuva
HHT May 2006 Moscow

Origin: Kyzyl, Tuva

In 1992, Huun-Huur-Tu was founded by Sasha Bapa, his brother, Sayan, and two other musicians, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Albert Kuvezin. Ever since they have tried to focus on the performance of “old and forgotten songs”, as Sasha put it. Sasha, Sayan, and Kaigal-ool were refugees of one of the large state-managed song and dance ensembles that became fixed institutions of the public cultural life during the Soviet era. For decades these ensembles with their glitzy performances of folk music or pseudo folk music offered the only possibility for young musicians to play indigenous music for a living. Throughout the privatization of the music business in the former Soviet Union, many musicians decided to abandon these state ensembles and form their own groups. The musical results have decidedly been mixed.

In an interview for the American producer and critic, Ted Levin,  Sasha Bapa  explained the meaning of  ‘Huun-Huur-Tu’ as the vertical separation of light rays that one often see out on the grasslands just after sunrise or just before sunset. It seems to be a metaphor for the band’s key element– throat-singing that “consists of producing a deep tone in such a way as to create one or two substantial harmonics. The first harmonic is a humming sound in the mid-range, and on top is a loud whistling tone that the singer raises and lowers to create a weird sort of melody by varying the embouchure” (Jon Sobel, Blogcritics Magazine). In this light and through their heavy touring, Huur-Tu can truly be seen as a leading force in popularizing throat singing or khöömei the past  decades.

However rooted in Tuvan traditions, it would be a mistake to attribute Huun-Huur-Tu to a folk ensemble. For the first time, Huun-Huur-Tu laced in the pop charts with a remix of the title “Eki Attar”. It became Greece’s No.1 hit in the summer of 2002. The ensemble then went on to release a studio project entitled ‘Spirits of Tuva’ with Djs of various nationalities. They have performed with Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Kronos Quartet and L. Shankar among the others. The ensemble’s collaborations do also include other members of  JARO: Hazmat Modine, The Bulgarian Voices– Angelite, and Moscow Art Trio.

Huun-Huur-Tu’s Style

Huun-Huur-Tu’s style could be best described as profoundly mysterious. This comes as a consequence of their traditional, ritual laryngeal chants descending from Central Asian land of Tuva. This unique song technique reside on developing an enthralling sound cosmos rich in undertones and overtones.

The members of Huun-Huur-Tu have devoted themselves to learning oId songs and tunes, but at the same time their performances reflect the values of globalization. The whistling of the high-mountain wind forms eerie overtones and postmodern statement. The repeated thrum of a string against wood and hide turns into a meditative, evocative figure straight from the avant-garde. The descendants of isolated Siberian herdsmen make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planets quirkiest acoustics.

The Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun Huur Tu prove that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, Huun Huur Tu transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions.

Huun-Huur-Tu’s Performance

As they began touring in the West, Huun Huur Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to the boundless wealth of Tuvan traditions, thanks in great part to their superior musicianship. Hailing from the high pastures of the Altai Mountains in south central Siberia, the musicians have spent decades honing the overtone singing, instrumental approaches, and vibrant songs of their home.

Steeped in Tuvan folklore, the ensemble wears traditional garb and accompanies themselves on string and percussion instruments, playing galloping rhythms that evoke the vast south Siberian steppe. Their tightly structured pieces often imitate natural sounds, so that a song can be a literal representation of a Tuvan landscape.

Jon Sobel of the Blogcritics Magazine characterized the ensemble’s live performance as: “[…] the music is as warmly human as any folk style, and it’s not all khoomei. The four men have six or seven very distinct singing voices among them. Accompanying themselves on plucked and bowed stringed instruments, percussion, and jaw harps, they emulate biological rhythms in song: heartbeats, breathing, a brain drifting in dreamland, and not least (for a nomadic people), a horse’s trot. The songs are about romantic love, love of place, and (not least) horses, with moods that range from lyrical and thoughtful to joyful, humorous and danceable.”  In this sense, the San Francisco Bay Guardian concluded that the Tuvan show: “will ride into your brain and leave hoof-prints up and down your spine.”