Huun Huur Tu

Huun Huur Tu

Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm
at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Huun Huur Tu

Huun Huur Tu

Characterized by buzzing harmonics, the music of Tuvan throat singing quartet Huun Huur Tu is otherworldly — yet strangely beautiful. Featuring preeminent musicians from the Central Asian autonomous Russian republic of Tuva, Huun Huur Tu has been a leading force in popularizing throat singing over the past three decades. It’s a practice that involves generating multiple notes simultaneously to create harmonic overtones. Steeped in Tuvan folklore, the ensemble wears traditional garb and accompanies themselves on string and percussion instruments, playing galloping rhythms that evoke the vast south Siberian steppe. Their tightly structured pieces often imitate natural sounds, so that a song can be a literal representation of a Tuvan landscape. The group has collaborated with a gamut of musical luminaries, including The Kronos Quartet, Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa and The Chieftains. Huun Huur Tu’s acclaimed 2009 release, Eternal, features ambient electronic artist Carmen Rizzo, bringing an ancient musical tradition into modern times. Accompany us on a true armchair adventure!

Artist Personnel

Kaigal-ool Khovalyg
  vocals, igil, doshpuluur
Radik Tyulyush
  vocals, flute, igil, byzaanchy
Sayan Bapa
  vocals, guitar, igil, doshpuluur
Alexey Saryglar
  vocals, drums, percussion

Artist Website

"It is unfamiliar yet very accessible, an other-worldly but deeply spiritual music that is rooted in the sound of nature. " — Chicago Tribune
"The Tuvans will ride into your brain and leave hoof prints up and down your spine. " — San Francisco Bay Guardian