New & Old Myths of Tuva
Huun-Huur-Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva, Sainkho Namtchylak¡]Tuva¡^, Dickson Dee, Peter Scherr

23-24/10
Fri - Sat¡D8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
$240 / $180 / $120
 
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Approx 1 hour and 30 minutes without intermission
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Some $120 seats may have restricted view
. Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 23 October

Leading throat singer links up with top Tuvan ensemble in
a striking crossover of innovation and tradition
An unprecedented collaboration providing fresh aural landscapes

¡§A musical marvel¡¨ ¡V The New York Times on Huun-Huur-Tu

¡§The universality and humanity at the heart of her singing has a virtually elemental allure¡¨ ¡V Jazz Review (UK) on Sainkho Namtchylak

The amazing music of the small Siberian country of Tuva is rooted in nomadic life. Khoomei, or throat singing, a unique Tuvan vocal style praising the beauty of Nature, has captivated audiences around the world. The enigmatic technique focuses on a singer who skilfully manipulates the vocal tract to produce two or three notes simultaneously.

Leading throat-singing ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu has performed extensively in North America and Europe, their mesmerising songs accompanied by striking Tuvan instruments and resonating with spiritual power and beauty. While devoted to the preservation of their musical heritage, the group also experiments with it, collaborating with pioneering musicians such as Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Kronos Quartet, and a diverse range of groups including the Bulgarian Women's Choir and The Chieftains.

Throat singing used to be the preserve of men as it was thought women who practised the art would become sterile. Bravely, throat-singing diva Sainkho Namtchylak has overcome this taboo. To pursue her musical dream, she studied in Moscow and has performed extensively in Europe's alternative music scene since 1989. Her arresting throat singing subtly merges Lamaistic and shamanistic themes with modern vocal techniques. The singer has released over 30 albums and toured worldwide.

Local experimental musician Dickson Dee, a long-time collaborator with Namtchylak in concerts in China and Europe, and Hong Kong-based double bass player Peter Scherr add an edgy touch to this concert. Combining past, present and future sounds, this aural feast promises to take you on an enchanting musical journey transcending time and genres.

Huun-Huur-Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg¡EThroat Singing / Igil (three-stringed fiddle) / Doshpuluur (three-stringed banjo)
Alexey Saryglar ¡EThroat Singing / Tungur (drum) / Dazhaaning Khavy (rattle)
Sayan Bapa¡EThroat Singing / Doshpuluur / Horse Head Fiddle / Guitar
Radik Tyulyush¡EThroat Singing / Byzaanchi (long neck lute) / Khomuz (jew's harp) / Amarga (horn from a maral)

Sainkho Namtchylak¡EThroat Singing / Mouth Harp
Dickson Dee¡EElectronics / Percussion
Peter Scherr¡EDouble Bass