21 November, 2010

Huun-Huur-Tu - 60 Horses in My Herd (1993) (eac-log-cover)

Huun-Huur-Tu - 60 Horses in My Herd (1993)
world | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 290MB
Shanacie 64050
With this album, the members of Huun-Huur-Tu prove beyond a doubt that they're the bridge between the past and present in Tuva: the past because they have deep respect for the tradition (utilizing traditional instruments such as igil and doshpuluur in addition to the wonderful ankle bones of sheep in bull testicles), and the present as they bring in contemporary elements (guitar and -- previously unknown in Tuva -- the concept of harmony singing). Of course, it's the throat singing that's the highlight, showcased perfectly on "Tuvan Internationale," where unearthly overtones are produced in the throat, amplifying harmonics, often two or three notes at a time. They take chances, although even their own material doesn't stray far from the tradition, with the omnipresent rhythm of horses (the real sound of Tuva) carrying all the songs. Perhaps the piece of greatest interest is "Song of the Caravan Drivers," included here as an homage to Frank Zappa, with whom they worked before his death. This is folk music, to be sure, but of a kind to mystify and engage the Western ear with its exotic flavors. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a novelty, however; for Huun-Huur-Tu this is a record of life in Central Asia, not just as it was, but as it remains.

-01 - Sygyt - Lament of the Igil
-02 - Mezhegei
-03 - Oske Cherde (Foreign Land)
-04- Eshten Charlyyry Berge (It's Hard to Be Parted from a Friend)
-05 - Kombu
-06 - Khoomei (Throat-Singing)
-07 - Kongurei
-08 - Fantasy on the Igil
-09 - Bayan Dugai
-10 - Tuvan Internationale
-11 - Kargyraa
-12 - Ching Soortukchulerining Yryzy (Song of the Caravan Drivers)

*Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (voice, igil, toshpuluur, chanzy);
*Sayan Bapa (voice, igil, Tuvan percussion);
*Albert Kuvezin (voice, guitar);
*Alexander Bapa (Tuvan percussion)


durmoll said...

p: lworld

JoJoPurdie said...

Beautiful asian music, thank you.

durmoll said...

read (about linx):


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