Shono – “Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal” (Sketis Music SKMR-122, 2016)
Shono is a new ensemble from eastern Siberia that skillfully combines traditional Buryat and Mongolian throat singing techniques and musical instruments with modern rock and jazz instruments and arrangements. It’s what Russians call ethno rock.
The band’s repertoire includes Buryat traditional songs about hunting, the beautiful mountains, friendship, warriors, Lake Baikal, wedding songs, and wolves as well as Buryat ritual dances and a handful of originals.
Three of the musicians have mastered the art of throat singing. On Hunters you’ll hear styles such as khoomei and sygyt.
Shono was founded in 2014 by musician and storyteller Alexander Arhincheev.
The lineup on Hunters includes Alexander Arkhincheev on vocals, throat singing, morin khuur, suur, sukha khuur, and limbe; Beligto Sambuev on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, throat singing; Vladimir Sidorov on bass, throat singing, and khomus; and Dmitriy Zanin on drums and percussion.
“Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal” is fascinating fusion of traditional folk music and rock highlighting the mesmerizing throat singing styles.
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