The Huun Huur Tu band from Tuva, Russia, practice the ancient technique of "xöömei" or throat-singing. Each vocalist simultaneously produced two distinct pitches: a lower drone and a high pitched flute-like sound. This is one of the world’s oldest forms of music making. We heard their ancient instruments and experienced the mellow beautiful tones that were exciting and yet very calming to the spirit. Instruments they use in their music include the igil, khomus, doshpuluur, tungur (shaman drum), and others.
The xöömei quartet Kungurtuk was founded in 1992 by Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, brothers Alexander and Sayan Bapa, and Albert Kuvezin. Not long afterwards, the group changed its name to Huun-Huur-Tu, meaning "sunbeams" (lit. sun propeller). The focus of their music was traditional Tuvan folk songs, frequently featuring imagery of the Tuvan steppe or of horses.
The ensemble released its first album, 60 Horses In My Herd, the following year. The album was recorded at studios in London and Mill Valley, California.
01. Sygyt (Lament of the Igil)
03. Öske Cherde (Foreign Land)
04. Eshten Charlyyry Berge (It´s Hard to Be Parted From a Friend)
06. Khöömei (Khovalyg solo)
08. Fantasy on the Igil
09. Bayan Dugai
10. Tuvan Internationale
11. Kargyraa (Khovalyg solo)
12. Ching Söörtukchülerining Yryzy (Song of the Caravan Drivers)
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg: vocal, igil, doshpuluur, chanzy;
Sayan Bapa: vocal, igil, Tuvan percussion;
Albert Kuvezin: vocal, guitar;
Alexander Bapa: Tuvan percussion.