The traditional singing from the Horehronie region is a throat-singing
technique performed by multiple singers whose voices can travel long distances.video //www.
Jude's Cathedral; touring Nunavut's legislature, which featured a narwhal-tusk mace, local carving and embroidery; taking part in throat-singing
; visiting Iqaluit's hospital; and waking up at 4 a.m.
The score was a jungle of sound, beginning with the ominous low hum of throat-singing
as a white coat was hung and illuminated in the center of the stage.
What's truly unique is that Going Home Star boasts a brand new score from composer Christos Hatzis, who utilized the throat-singing
virtuosity ofTanya Tagaq and the textured speaking voice of Northern Cree singer Steve Wood.
"She could have released a song that was Tuvan throat-singing
and it would have gone to No.
This type of vocalization -- derived from the throat-singing
of the people of the Central Asian Republic of Tuva -- enables a single vocalist to create more than one tone at a time by manipulating the flow of breath over the vocal cords.
Tagaq, arguably the world's best-known throat-singer (throat-singing
is common to many cultures), admits that the musical form and what she has done with it have always made her feel like an outsider, both traditionally and within the music scene.
Tagaq's controversial solo throat-singing
style proves equally elusive.
In front of an audience of 400, the concert also included community members and students throat-singing
, drumming and dancing.
But on Abigail Washburn's City of Refuge, her banjo, played in the pre-Nashville clawhammer style, plucks and clucks along in company with the guzheng (a Chinese zither) and some old-time Mongolian throat-singing
But Throw Down Your Heart is more than just a Behind the Music for the resulting album: By documenting Fleck's burgeoning friendships with his collaborators--a posse of throat-singing
urban Maasai teens, a Ugandan thumb-pianist who wows with an instrument traditionally played by men--the film subtly probes issues like cultural preservation and changing gender roles.
The three-hour masterpiece featured virtuoso throat-singing
, a tribal unique, and starred Natar Ungaloaq (as Atanarjuat), Sylvia Ivalu (Atuat) and Peter Henry Arnatsiaq (Oki).