Hybridization and Tuvan khoomei : • Tuvan throat singing meets Heavy Metal: Albert Kuvezin and Yat Kah, “Eki Attar” from the album Tuva.Rock (2003) – • Tuvan throat singing meets electronica: Carmen Rizzo’s collaboration with traditional group Huun Huur Tu, the album Eternity. Carmen Rizzo is a popular contemporary producerworked with Seal, Coldplay, BT, and Alanis Morisette, among others) – LISTEN to this interview with Rizzo, discussing the process of producing this album: – What is sacrificed in this collaboration, if anything?
Globalizing Tuvan Music • It is not only Americans and British scholars who have traveled to Tuva and fostered an outside interest in Tuvan music, opening the doors to a wider world from 1990 on: this process has also spawned numerous new Tuvan ensembles, who also travel and record, and collaborate with popular musicians from around the world. – For example: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: video with Kongar-al Ondar under multimedia • Think about the commodification of Tuvan Music— who should profit from it, what is appropriate reuse or recontextualization of this music?
Globalizing Tuvan Music • Swedish Cheese Commercials—see “Interlude” from Levin’s book in Readings. • Tuvan throat-singers enter the popular music marketplace —become rock stars, record on their own labels • We have encountered three “lineages” of musicians, as per Levin’s account: Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Paul Pena; Kongar-ol Ondar (rockstar); Levin generated lineage • Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project (Tuvan/Mongolian music a part of this) also utilizes Ted Levin as the main consultant.
Globalizing Tuvan Music Lineage One: Virtual Ties, Pena to Tuva Lineage Two: Tuva Generated • First Tuvan ensemble to leave Tuva: “The Tuva Ensemble”, Ralph Leighton arranges for them to appear in 1992 Rose Bowl (mentioned earlier) • Kongar-ol Ondar replaces one of original musicians • Ted Levin organizes East Coast tour for Tuva Ensemble; they begin to jam with Frank Zappa, the Chieftains, Johnny Guitar Watson. Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead records them.
Globalizing Tuvan Music • 1993 Tuva Ensemble renamed Huun Huur Tu, records “60 Horses in my Head” • Out of Huun Huur Tu comes Yat Ka, collaborates with Rolling Stones, Hank William and Joy Division Road Project; • Alash Ensemble are students of Ondar, breaking traditions Lineage Three: Art Music Plus Ties, Cellist as Regional Curator • Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, with Ted Levin as the main consultant, the story comes full circle.
Lineage Three: The Silk Road Project Another variation on the theme of
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