Unveiling a Mystical Sound: The 90s Revelation
In the 1990s, Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman stumbled upon a seemingly ordinary triangular postage stamp that would forever alter the Western perception of Tuvan "Khoomie." Among the remarkable emissaries of this ethereal art form stands the Huun-Huur-Tu band, which, over the course of half a century, has crisscrossed the globe, disseminating the enchanting sounds of Khoomie music and the essence of Central Asia. The mystical and awe-inspiring art of Khoomie has cast a spell on music enthusiasts worldwide.
Silent Power: Huun-Huur-Tu's Enigmatic Vocals
When these four men open their mouths, the world falls silent. Huun-Huur-Tu, on their musical odyssey, has extended the reach of Khoomie to even more distant horizons. The "Khoomie Heroes" concert promises to be an epic journey that transcends borders and connects souls through their mesmerizing vocal harmonies.
Tuva's Musical Ambassadors: A Legacy of Excellence
Hailing from the Tuva Republic, nestled at the border between Russia and Mongolia, the Huun-Huur-Tu band represents the earliest foray of Tuvan music culture onto the global stage. Today, the ensemble is composed of Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Sayan Bapa, Radik Tyulyush, and Alexey Saryglar. Proficient in traditional Tuvan instruments and skilled in throat singing, whistling, and other vocal techniques, they recreate the symphony of nature's sounds. Their artistry not only embodies the spirit of Tuvan folklore but also reaches the pinnacle of mastery in the world of music.
A Modern Resonance: Crafting Sonic Landscapes
"Huun-Huur-Tu," translated as "sunbeams separated at sunrise and sunset," showcases their modern interpretation of traditional Khoomie singing. Their ability to harness the "refraction" of harmonies through clear throat articulation mirrors the beauty of sunlight scattering during the dawn and dusk, resulting in a breathtaking auditory experience.
The Khoomie Craze: A Global Influence
As early as 1993, Huun-Huur-Tu embarked on a journey to the United States, igniting the "Khoomie craze" locally. Undoubtedly, Huun-Huur-Tu stands as a national treasure of Tuva, and their impact has paved the way for the emergence of numerous Khoomie throat singing groups within Tuva.
Preserving a Cultural Legacy: Collaborations and Initiatives
In 1999, Huun-Huur-Tu collaborated with American anthropologists Michael Edgerton, Ted Levin, and others, contributing to significant works in the field of Central Asian ethnomusicology. Their collective efforts led to the establishment of the "Center for Khoomie" in the United States and a Khoomie preservation organization in Europe.
A Natural Sound: The Legacy of Huun-Huur-Tu
With over three decades of existence, Huun-Huur-Tu's musical footprint has stretched far and wide, solidifying their status as the quintessential ambassadors of Khoomie music. Often described as "the most natural sound that reaches deep into the soul," their collaborations with Western music luminaries like Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, and the Kronos Quartet have left an indelible mark. Even the soundtrack of the movie "Geronimo: An American Legend" features their artistry.
Global Reverberations: An Ever-Growing Influence
In recent years, Huun-Huur-Tu has become a familiar presence at music festivals worldwide, gracing stages across Europe, the United States, Japan, and Australia. Their impact transcends borders, as even domestic musicians like Tan Weiwei, Gong Linna, and the Hanggai band have expressed their profound admiration for the transcendent artistry of Huun-Huur-Tu.
Huun-Huur-Tu Band China Tour 2023 "Khoomie Heroes" Concert
Date: September 27th (Wednesday)
Location: Wanda Nanshengmeng Palace Shanghai Cultural Center - Dream Theater (1F, 179 Yichang Road, Putuo District, Shanghai)
1st Floor Presale: ¥280 per ticket
1st Floor at the Door: ¥330 per ticket
2nd Floor: ¥380 per ticket (Limited to 100 tickets)