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Tuvan Throat Singers

Date: January 22, 2009 PST Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Tyva Kyzy is the one and only all-female Tuvan throat-singing and folk music ensemble. Their distinctive music and performance bring together female harmonic vocal techniques with the extraordinary sounds of throat-singing. The group performs with a wide range of traditional and legendary folk instruments such as igil, a horse headed fiddle, the cha-khomus, a bow and arrow mouth-harp which was recently revived from legend and their signature instrument the chadagan which resembles a hammered dulcimer. Their vividly textured songs and colorful performance fill audiences with energy and awe evoking the traditions and sonic landscapes of the Central Asian steppe. To this day throat-singing by women is still considered taboo and sometimes forbidden in Tuva. Nonetheless the group has made great strides both at home and around the world, they are valued for the originality of their repertoire and the excellence of their instrumentation. With humorous joy, nurturing sweetness and thundering power, Tyva Kyzy brings something new to the overtone rich melodies and natural rhythms of today’s Tuvan music.
“These rare women throat-singers go far beyond novelty and shock value. They are outstanding musicians.” Janos Gereben, SFVG
The concert will take place in Agnes Flanagan Chapel; it is free and open to the general public. Festival seating. On-campus parking is free after 7 p.m.

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