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    Performances >> Mongolian Band Huun-Huur-Tu in Concert | 恒哈图乐队音乐会
    Mongolian Band Huun-Huur-Tu in Concert | 恒哈图乐队音乐会
    Date/Time: September 19th 2017 at 19:30
    Prices: 380/280/180/80
    Ticketing time: Mon.- Fri. 9:00-17:00
    Ticketing Phone: 1569 512 2660 (English and Chinese)
    E-Mail: SuzhouTicketing@gmail.com
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    Updated on: 6/28/2017 11:16:17 PM
    Ticketing Address: Room 208, Boji Shengneng Science Park, 1 Heshun Lu, Suzhou SIP
    Synopsis:
    In 1992, Huun-Huur-Tu was founded by Sasha Bapa, his brother, Sayan, and two other musicians, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Albert Kuvezin. Ever since they have tried to focus on the performance of “old and forgotten songs”, as Sasha put it. Sasha, Sayan, and Kaigal-ool were refugees of one of the large state-managed song and dance ensembles that became fixed institutions of the public cultural life during the Soviet era. For decades these ensembles with their glitzy performances of folk music or pseudo folk music offered the only possibility for young musicians to play indigenous music for a living. Throughout the privatization of the music business in the former Soviet Union, many musicians decided to abandon these state ensembles and form their own groups. The musical results have decidedly been mixed.
     
    In an interview for the American producer and critic, Ted Levin, Sasha Bapa explained the meaning of  ‘Huun-Huur-Tu’ as the vertical separation of light rays that one often see out on the grasslands just after sunrise or just before sunset. It seems to be a metaphor for the band’s key element– throat-singing that “consists of producing a deep tone in such a way as to create one or two substantial harmonics. The first harmonic is a humming sound in the mid-range, and on top is a loud whistling tone that the singer raises and lowers to create a weird sort of melody by varying the embouchure” (Jon Sobel, Blogcritics Magazine). In this light and through their heavy touring, Huur-Tu can truly be seen as a leading force in popularizing throat singing or khöömei the past  decades.
     
    However rooted in Tuvan traditions, it would be a mistake to attribute Huun-Huur-Tu to a folk ensemble. For the first time, Huun-Huur-Tu laced in the pop charts with a remix of the title “Eki Attar”. It became Greece’s No.1 hit in the summer of 2002. The ensemble then went on to release a studio project entitled ‘Spirits of Tuva’ with Djs of various nationalities. They have performed with Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Kronos Quartet and L. Shankar among the others. The ensemble’s collaborations do also include other members of  JARO: Hazmat Modine, The Bulgarian Voices– Angelite, and Moscow Art Trio.
     
    Huun-Huur-Tu’s Style
    Huun-Huur-Tu’s style could be best described as profoundly mysterious. This comes as a consequence of their traditional, ritual laryngeal chants descending from Central Asian land of Tuva. This unique song technique reside on developing an enthralling sound cosmos rich in undertones and overtones.
     
    The members of Huun-Huur-Tu have devoted themselves to learning oId songs and tunes, but at the same time their performances reflect the values of globalization. The whistling of the high-mountain wind forms eerie overtones and postmodern statement. The repeated thrum of a string against wood and hide turns into a meditative, evocative figure straight from the avant-garde. The descendants of isolated Siberian herdsmen make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planets quirkiest acoustics.
     
    The Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun Huur Tu prove that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, Huun Huur Tu transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions.
     
    Huun-Huur-Tu’s Performance
    As they began touring in the West, Huun Huur Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to the boundless wealth of Tuvan traditions, thanks in great part to their superior musicianship. Hailing from the high pastures of the Altai Mountains in south central Siberia, the musicians have spent decades honing the overtone singing, instrumental approaches, and vibrant songs of their home.
     
    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.
     
    Jon Sobel of the Blogcritics Magazine characterized the ensemble’s live performance as: “[…] the music is as warmly human as any folk style, and it’s not all khoomei. The four men have six or seven very distinct singing voices among them. Accompanying themselves on plucked and bowed stringed instruments, percussion, and jaw harps, they emulate biological rhythms in song: heartbeats, breathing, a brain drifting in dreamland, and not least (for a nomadic people), a horse’s trot. The songs are about romantic love, love of place, and (not least) horses, with moods that range from lyrical and thoughtful to joyful, humorous and danceable.”  In this sense, the San Francisco Bay Guardian concluded that the Tuvan show: “will ride into your brain and leave hoof-prints up and down your spine.”
     
    来自俄罗斯与蒙古交界处图瓦共和国,恒哈图(Huun-Huur-Tu)是图瓦音乐文化中最早走向世界的代表。目前由Kaigal-ool Khovalyg、Sayan Bapa、Radik Tyulyush和Alexey Saryglar四人所组成,团员们除了擅长演奏图瓦传统乐器,例如叶克勒、图瓦三弦琴、口弦以外,会使用喉唱、口哨及其他人声演唱方式,再现自然界的声音之美, 不仅是图瓦民谣的代表,更是世界乐坛的大师级乐队。
     
    恒哈图,意为日出日落时被分割的光束,也就是光芒四射的意思,十分符合符合乐队的精神气质。关于这个名字,恒哈图的成员Sayan Bapa这样解释到:图瓦人敬畏草原上的“恒哈图”,因为他们对这种光线的自然之力有着敬畏。我们起这个名字,因为我们所表演的音乐来自于草原。只不过,我们不是在推进着光线、而是呈现着类似的声线。
     
    恒哈图无疑是图瓦的国宝级人物,他们引发的连锁反应,使得图瓦出现了更多的呼麦喉音乐团。早在1993年恒哈图乐队便远赴美国表演,在当地掀起了“呼麦风”。1999年,恒哈图与美国民族人类学学者迈克尔·艾哲顿、泰德·列维等人合作,并促成了一些重要的中亚民族学著作的产生。基于音乐家和研究者的努力,呼麦不仅在美国建立了“呼麦之家”,在欧洲也成立了呼麦保护组织。
     
    恒哈图乐队成立20多年来,足迹遍布世界各地。是当今呼麦音乐的代表,被喻为“深入灵魂的最自然的声音”。1993年之后,恒哈图开始和西方音乐工作者合作,其中包括大名鼎鼎的 Frank Zappa、The Chieftains、The Kronos Quartet与L. Shankar等等,电影Geronimo原声带甚至也收录了Huun-Huur-Tu的作品。近几年在欧、美、日、澳等各地音乐祭里也经常见到他们的身影。
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