Troupe returns for third performance: One-man band: Tuvan singers perform ancient art of throat singing
Hailing from the high, windy plains of Tuva, a tiny former Soviet satellite bounded by Outer Mongolia and Siberia, the Tuvan Throat-Singers, "Huun-Huur-tu" present their unique brand of music to audiences in two shows playing in the Moore Theater today at 8 and 10 p.m. The Tuvan musicians, torch-bearers of a musical legacy that is centuries old, are renowed for their performances of an ancient musical art known as self-harmonizing. "Khoomei," or "throat-singing," is characterized by a vocalist singing two and sometimes three distinct notes simultaneously. Mostly nomadic cowboys by trade, Tuvan men use this artform as a means to calm and herd animals and attract wild ones during the hunt.