Captivating Tuvans


Alash (independent, 2007)

The Tuvan throat singing tradition continues strong thanks to young musicians who are studying and preserving this fascinating vocal style. Alash  is one of such groups, formed in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College in Tuva’s capital city.

The quartet that recorded the CD is composed of musicians who sing and play a variety of traditional instruments. The result is a mesmerizing combination of solo and ensemble style throat singing, with singers playing different parts with different tones.

We are inspired by the music of our grandparents, and their grandparents, and all the great Tuvan and Central Asian musicians of the post-Soviet era – Tuva Ensemble, Huun-Huur-Tu, Chirgilchin, Sarymai, Andrei Mongush and Alexander Sarzhat-ool,” notes band member Mai-ool Sedip. “We are also influenced by Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. We compose new songs, and arrange songs that we remember from childhood, such as "Saryglar."

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.