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Coming in July we have the group Huun – Huur – Tu who with instrument and Tuvan throat singing create unique and breathtaking music. That is why we are quite excited to have Huun – Huur – Tu visit the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre on the 19th of July.
Huun-Huur-Tu are a music group from Tuva, a republic of Russia situated on the Mongolia-Russia border. Founded by Sasha Bapa, his brother, Sayan, and two other musicians, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Albert Kuvezin Huun-Huur-Tu focus on the performance of “old and forgotten songs.”
The most distinctive characteristic of Huun-Huur-Tu’s music is throat singing, in which the singers sing both the note (drone) and the drone’s overtone(s), thus producing two or three notes simultaneously. The overtone may sound like a flute, whistle or bird, but is solely a product of the human voice.
However rooted in Tuvan traditions, it would be a mistake to attribute Huun-Huur-Tu to a folk ensemble. For the first time, Huun-Huur-Tu laced in the pop charts with a remix of the title “Eki Attar”. It became Greece’s No.1 hit in the summer of 2002. The ensemble then went on to release a studio project entitled ‘Spirits of Tuva’ with Djs of various nationalities.
The group primarily use native Tuvan instruments such as the igil khomus (Tuvan jaw harp), doshpuluur, and dünggür (shaman drum). However, in recent years, the group have begun to selectively incorporate Western instruments, such as the guitar. While the thrust of Huun-Huur-Tu’s music is fundamentally indigenous Tuvan folk music, they also experiment with incorporating not only Western instruments, but electronic music as well.
Since the group’s inception, Huun Huur Tu has collaborated with musicians from many genres, such as Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, Johnny Guitar Watson, the Kodo Drummers, The Moscow Art Trio, The Kronos Quartet and Bulgarian women’s singing group, Angelite. Their recording “Eternal” is a collaborative effort with underground electronic musician, Carmen Rizzo. Huun Huur Tu appeared on three songs on Bahamut, the debut album of New York-based blues group Hazmut Modine. Their song “Osku Urug” is featured in the American television series Fargo episode, “The Law of Vacant Places”.
So book now and save the date, this is an opportunity to experience something quite unique and special.To give you an example of Huun – Huur – Tu’s music while treating your ears, check out the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEoHb9HY3mE