This article is from the Tuva FAQ, by Kerry Yackoboski firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by Bernard Greenberg, Bernard Dubriel, Alan Shrives, Kevin Williams, Albert Kuvezin, Dr Oliver Corff, Mike Vande Bunt, Ralph Leighton, Masahiko Todoriki, Alan Leighton, Ken Simon, and Sami Jansson.
General Records GR 90-202 (Moscow), 1993
Albert Kuvezin (throat-singing and instruments yat-kha,
byzanchi, organs, khomus, percussion & gongs) and Ivan
Sokolovski (keyboards, computers, cello, drums &
percussions, noises). Kuvezin is a founding member of
the group Huun-Huur-Tu, living in Moscow, who
specializes in his own style of kargyraa, extremely
low-pitched singing with artificial subharmonics. In
this hour of 13 tracks, he exploits this awesome and
rarely-heard technique, combining it with techno-pop
backup sounds (and a token amount of traditional
singing/playing) to produce a thoroughly unique,
avant-garde offering which has the power to grow on
you. Deliberately obscure liner notes [BSG].
Here is some news from Yat-Kha from August of 1995:
Eki ergim eshter! (Hello dear friends)
I would like to inform you about some news of the
Yat-Kha band. We are right now recording a new album at
the Global Mobile studio in Helsinki under the roof
(and rules) of Anu Laakkonen. The album presents our
new style: "Yenisei kargyrapunk". The participating
musicians in this projects are: Alexei/vocal, tungur,
igil; myself/kargyra & guitars; Evgeniy/percussions,
Kari/sound & drinks; Anu/sauna; Mikko/cooks & drinks;
Akym/phonecontrol. The CD will be released by Global
Music Centre soon. Start saving now! We will give the
account details later. [AK]
26- Huun-Huur-Tu (with Mergen Mongush): Orphan's Lament
Shanachie Records 64058
A work of well-produced art, contemporary offerings in
traditional Tuvan styles, not an ethnomusicological
assay. Its 16 pieces in styles varying from unison
Kargyraa chants to political songs to khomus ("Jews'
harp") solos provide a tour-de-force of Tuvan styles
designed for listening pleasure and wonderment. Master
khoomigch Kaigal-ool Khovalyg's deeply touching igil
(Tuvan viol) playing is (as on "60 Horses") a real
highlight of the album. His frequent vocal solos in all
styles, and those of the sweet-voiced Anatoli Kuular,
joined by Mergen Mongush for one sygyt cut, help place
this album among the two or three "must-have"'s for
anyone who *enjoys* authentic Tuvan music. [BSG]
27- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Geronimo, An American
Columbia CD CK 57760
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Anatoly Kuular, and Sayan Bapa
sing and play on six of the seventeen tracks. The
Tuvans make a significant contribution to the
soundtrack and share writing credits on some songs.
This CD is not a "must-have" for the traditionalist but
is interesting. The CD seems to have a higher Tuvan
content than was actually heard in the movie.
28- The ReR Quarterly, Volume 4, Number 1 (ReR 0401)
The ReR Quarterly is a sort of audio magazine dedicated
to weird and experimental music. The first track on
this issue is "Koongoortoog," whom we know today as
Huun-Huur-Tu. Most of the rest of the CD is
significantly modernist abstract composition or
alienated rock music.
This old traditional song was recorded in 1991 in
Moscow when the Koongoortug band consisted of only
Albert Kuvezin and Alexander Bappa. On this song Mr.
Kuvezin sang and played all the instruments (yat-kha,
fretless bass, drum machine, buddhist percussion)
except shell by Mr. Bappa. Arrangement was done by Mr.
Kuvezin. The studio time was purchased by Mr. Bappa.
This tape was given to Chris Cutler in London. The
picture and the information was mistakingly taken from
the first CD of Huun Huur Tu. ReR Megacorp is reachable
at 74 Tulse Hill, London SW2 2PT, England, or
distributed in the USA by Wayside Music, PO Box 8427,
Silver Spring MD 20907. (Source: [AK], Alexei Saaia,
Anu Laakkonen, Akym (AAAA Club))