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Enrique Ugalde Kargyraa at the Khöömei in the Center of Asia Festival 2019


Enrique Ugalde Kargyraa at the Khöömei in the Center of Asia Festival 2019

3,647 viewsOct 4, 2019170DislikeShareSaveEnrique Ugalde Enrique Ugalde’s Kargyraa at the Gala concert of the Khöömei in the center of Asia Festival, August 18, 2019

ROBERT OLIVER BEAHRS: Ph.D. dissertation : Post Soviet Tuvan Throat Singing (Xöömei) and the Circulation of Nomadi Sensibility, 2014


Post-Soviet Tuvan Throat-Singing (Xöömei)
and the Circulation of Nomadic Sensibility


Robert Oliver Beahrs

A dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the

requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy



in the

Graduate Division

of the

University of California, Berkeley

Committee in charge:

Professor Benjamin Brinner, Chair
Professor Bonnie Wade
Professor Alexei Yurchak
Professor Theodore Levin

Fall 2014

ROBERT OLIVER BEAHRS: Ph.D. dissertation : Post Soviet Tuvan Throat Singing (Xöömei) and the Circulation of Nomadi Sensibility, 2014



Post-Soviet Tuvan Throat-Singing (Xöömei)
and the Circulation of Nomadic Sensibility


Robert Oliver Beahrs

Doctor of Philosophy in Music

University of California, Berkeley

Professor Benjamin Brinner, Chair

Guttural singing practices in the Sayan-Altai region of south-central Siberia have
been historically framed as possessing “nomadic” qualities linked with pastoral
population groups indigenous to the region. As these singing practices were
incorporated into a genre of national folk music for Tannu Tuva (1921-1944) and
the Tuvan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1961-1991)—and then later
reformulated as the centerpiece of an exotic genre of world music—xöömei throat-
singing was shaped by contradictory attitudes towards its purportedly nomadic
characteristics, which have been essentialized at various times, for multiple
reasons, by local and global actors and interest groups. In the post-Soviet era,
xöömeizhi (master throat-singers) from the Tuva Republic (now part of Russia)
express a revitalized nomadic sensibility through xöömei singing practices, which
has come to operate both as an ideology and a disposition for Tuvan traditional
music. Drawing on a selective use of history, cultural memory, and natural
environments, post-Soviet xöömeizhi construct a nomadic sensibility that is
embodied in music and sound-making activities, foregrounded in intercultural
exchanges, and circulated as a social disposition.

Soriah Tuvan Throat Singer


Soriah Tuvan Throat Singer

Published on May 9, 2016

Soriah, which translates as “Milky Way” from Sufi, is the stage persona for the internationally recognized artist, Enrique Ugalde. Soriah’s craft is a blending of traditional Khöömei (Tuvan Throat Singing), tempered with Soriah’s own visceral force. Performances vary from being steeped in tradition and bound to its constructs to more experimental fascinations with electronic and acoustic accompaniments, and introducing Butoh and Ritual Performance Art. Soriah’s use of Khöömei as a transportive medium is an offering to nature in her own tongue, that of organic sound whether it be wind, water or the mimicry of animals. He is currently working to integrate his work into film and sound design. Soriah takes an annual sabbatical to Tuva to study with various masters and to compete. The 2008 Fifth Quinquennial Ethnomusicology Symposium, “Khöömei: The Cultural Phenomenon of Central Asia”, has honored Enrique Ugalde, “Third Place”, the highest a non-native to Tuva has yet placed. The Üstüü-Khüree Festival awarded him “Best Foreigner” for their 2008 selection. In 2014, he won 2nd place in the Tuvan National Kargyraa Competition. The rest of the year Soriah travels the globe with extended tours performing in various cities and enclaves of Japan, crooning in the cathedrals and ruins of Mexico, and intoning in ocean caves and amidst the swamplands of America. The artist has been invited to perform at society events such as The 2009 Peace Ball in Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration, and by brigand artist elites, to sing at various installations of note at the Burning Man Festival. One becomes encased in an awe-laced ceremonial pallor while in attendance at a Soriah performance. A deep spiritualism imbues each piece performed, whether entirely traditional or exhibiting a fusion of music, movement and meditation that Soriah describes as Vocalized Ritual Drone.

Arthur Miles “Lonely Cowboy” Parts 1 & 2 (Dallas, Texas, 1929) hillbilly


Arthur Miles “Lonely Cowboy” Parts 1 & 2 (Dallas, Texas, 1929) hillbilly

Published on Feb 23, 2016

Arthur Miles performs “Lonely Cowboy” (Parts 1 & 2) on Victor V-40156, recorded in Dallas, Texas, on August 8, 1929. Sound file was done by Frank Dalton.

Tuvan Throat Singing Basics with Jerry Walsh


Tuvan Throat Singing Basics with Jerry Walsh

Ajoutée le 1 févr. 2016

This video is an introduction to the three fundamental styles of Tuvan throat singing: Kargyraa, Khoomei, and Sygyt. Examples and demonstration of techniques are provided. Xorekteer (Throat singing from the chest) Generate a small bubbling sensation in your larynx by gently toning the phrase “Ahhh” and feel where the bubbling is strongest. This bubbling is created by your vocal cords/folds moving in your larynx. This is the region the throat that needs to be constricted. Now, sing the phrase “Ahhh” and squeeze the region of the throat (the larynx) that was creating the bubbling sound in the previous exercise. When you squeeze the larynx while simultaneously singing, it creates the xorekteer voice. Khoomei Generate the Xorekteer voice. Now, bring the lips and mouth into the shape of a small circular opening to create a chamber for the sound to resonate in. This proper reshaping of the mouth creates the Khoomei style. Sygyt While still practicing Khoomei, you can now bring the tongue to the top of the jaw, filtering the sound out through a small opening wherever you feel comfortable, creating the high whistle of Sygyt. Kargyraa Begin with the mouth closed for back pressure. Begin by clearing the throat with a squeeze of the larynx. Almost like making the tone “Hmmm”. When you feel the vibration of the throat coming on, open the mouth and experiment with different vowel sounds. *Photo of Kongar-ol Ondar by Bill Loewy courtesy Wikimedia Commons Email me at “jerry” at “” for private lessons and questions.

Stratos – Dean Frenkel


Stratos – Dean Frenkel

Published on May 30, 2015

Harmonic vocalist Dean Frenkel with the Bendigo Youth Choir perform a composition by Dean Frenkel. The music comes from a CD published by Move Records entitled “cosmosis”. The album is an exploration of Dean’s throat singing accompanied by various other insterments. More information here:…

Learn how to do overtone singing with Susana Calvo


Learn how to do overtone singing with Susana Calvo

Published on Nov 6, 2014

A basic how to demo on how to create an overtone sound / this is where you sing two notes at once. While sustaining one fundamental note and then controlling your overtones to come through to create a second note and with practice sing scales with your overtones. This is my way of demonstrating this technique without any formal training. I have been practising every day as a way of meditation and sound healing and it has worked wonders for me so far. If you enjoy please like and feel free to subscribe to my channel where it will inspire me to post more videos. Inspiration this far have been people like Anna-Maria Hefele and Nestor Kornblum and miroslav grosser … Check them out 🙂
I hope you all enjoy and slow and steady wins the race lol enjoy :). If you want to hear me sing the song from the titanic movie my heart will go on by Celine Dion , half singing and half overtone singing click here:… on #SoundCloud

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Avi Kaplan Overtone Singing Lion Sleeps Tonight – Pentatonix Orpheum Los Angeles 3-2-2014


Avi Kaplan Overtone Singing Lion Sleeps Tonight – Pentatonix Orpheum Los Angeles 3-2-2014

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Avi Kaplan demonstrates his overtone singing and takes it to the next level! This was a segment from the Pentatonix performance – their second Los Angeles show of their 2014 tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angles, CA on Sunday March 2, 2014.