Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva

Description: One CD, 24 page booklet, Jewel Case with liner notes by noted world music scholar Dr. Pekka Gronow of the University of Helsinki.
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
Availability: Out of Print – Available as MP3 Download

With the advent of the folk music revival in the 1960s, a new interest in Tuvan music swept through Asia and Eastern Europe. Capitalizing on this appeal, these recordings were issued in 1969 in the Soviet Union. Dust-to-Digital is proud to reissue for the first time on compact disc these traditional performances including several khoomei songs plus one modern take on the classic Tuvan sound. In khoomei, the singer simultaneously produces two more distinct musical notes: a low, sustained bass note and a flute-like higher note. Tuvan sheep herders often practice khoomei in an effort to calm animals and appease spirits. The effect is hypnotic, eerie, and drone-like, unlike any sound you’ve ever heard come out of a cowboy.

“It is a sound once heard, never forgotten. A sound with the power to rearrange your mind and transform your life.” — Los Angeles Times

“A few seconds of listening to the unnerving, eerie tones of the throat singers of Tuva is all it takes to prove that, while technology makes the world seem small, some places are still indeed far away.”
— New York Times

“…the sound you’d expect if a set of Scottish bagpipes could chant like a Gregorian monk.” — Washington Post