This article is from the Tuva FAQ, by Kerry Yackoboski email@example.com 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.
39- Deep In the Heart of Tuva - Cowboy Music From the Wild East
Ellipsis Arts CD4080, ISBN 1-55961-324-6
64 page book, 60+ minute CD
This recent release comes with a well-produced booklet
full of information (interviews, khoomei details, liner
notes, etc.) and superb photos. The music is a sampler
of a wide variety of performers and styles. This
release sets a new standard for Tuvan music production.
40- Huun-Huur-Tu: If I'd Been Born An Eagle
"If I'd Been Born An Eagle" explores a possible past
with the addition of an end-blown flute, an instrument
of other Turkic mountain peoples, which may once have
been played in Tuva. Once you hear it along with the
other Tuvan instruments, you'll wonder why the Tuvans
ever gave it up! This CD is a worthy addition to the
other two by HHT. [RL]
41- Huun-Huur-Tu and Angelite: Fly, Fly My Sadness
Recorded in Bulgaria with the women's choir Angelite
(formerly called Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares), this CD
is definitely meditative stuff --- not quite my style,
but certainly an interesting mixture of distinctive
musical traditions. [RL]
42- Vershki da Koreshki
Al Sur CD ALCD 204, 1996.
15, rue des Goulvents, 92000 Nanterre, France,
Telephone (33) 01 41 20 90 50.
9 tracks, 56'08.
Featuring: Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, voice, khoomei, igil,
khomus Mola Sylla, vocals, kongoma, xalam, kalimba
Alexei Levin, accordian, piano, khomus, kongoma
Vladimir Volkov, double bass Paco Diedhjou, sauruba
This album features one musician from Tuva, two from
Senegal, and two from Saint Petersburg. The musicians
blend their styles and genres to form an interesting
and attractive result; although similar experiments
haven't always worked well in the past, in this case it
The accordian and the double bass complement, rather
than steer, the other instruments. The addition of the
rich sounding double bass to Tuvan melodies is quite
satisfying. The African and Tuvan musical elements are
not as disparate as one might expect; this is more a
testimony to the talents and to the calibre of the
musicians than to any similarities inherent in the
43- Chirgilchin: The Wolf and the Kid
Shanachie CD 64070 16 tracks, 1996.
Featuring: Ondar Mongun-ool, throat-singer Aidysmaa
Kandan, singer Tamdyn Aldar, instruments Produced by
The 20-year old Tuvan performers sound great on this
recording, and some listeners will already know
Mongun-Ool from a sygyt cut on the World Network CD
``Choomeij: Throat-Singing From the Center of Asia''.
Mongun-Ool is one of the greatest sygyt-singers, but he
masters other styles as well. [Review by Sami Jansson.]