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Ancestors Call - Huun Huur Tu

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Village
  • ASIN: B003NHVWIG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The foursome Huun-Huur-Tu come from the former Soviet Republic of Tuva, a sparsely settled region of grasslands, boreal forests, and mountain ridges that lies 2,500 miles east of Moscow and is situated at the center of Asia, north of Mongolia. Their indigenous music highlights rare instruments and preserves what is arguably some of the world s oldest form of music-making. The best known genre of Tuvan music, xöömei (throat-singing), comprises what one might call a lexicon of musical onomatopoeia in which natural sounds are mimetically transformed into musical representations. Throat singing is a technique where one vocalist produces multiple pitches simultaneously. One may hear a deep, low chant and a high-pitched chirp or whistle, and multiple other harmonics emanating from one singer. The Tuvans use song to describe their natural surroundings, whether it be the animals, mountains and grasslands, or the movement of wind, water and light. Closely linked to traditional shamanistic practices, Tuvan folk music, with its combination of instrumental and throat-singing sounds, has for centuries been used for communication with spirits of the human, animal, and natural worlds. Singled out for its most incredible sound...as astounding as it is breath-taking...like nothing else on earth (The Evening News, Edinburgh, UK), the group has given more than 1,000 performances in Western Europe, around 600 shows in US and Canada, and appeared at major world and jazz music festivals all over Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Their past collaborations include projects with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, The Kronos Quartet, and (most recently) electronica wiz & record producer Carmen Rizzo. This new album is a great opportunity to share with the world something that is quite unique; the sound of Huun Huur Tu is peculiar, haunting, hypnotic. It is a guttural, sometimes piercing sound of vocal chords burrowing into the flesh of mother nature. The album has an extraordinary meditative power, it takes you through a lush cinematic journey of almost dream-like sequences of deep happiness. A thrilling ride from start to finish.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancestors Must be Proud 8 Jan 2011
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Following a series of experimental cds featuring a more modern, synth-laden approach, the leading Tuvan ensemble returns to a sound closer to their Siberian roots. Ancestors Call is a definitive recording of a collection of songs the group has honed over years of live touring, with their current and best lineup of musicians.

Beautifully recorded, this cd will thrill fans of Tuvan music, which goes far deeper and wider than the typically recognized throat-singing for which Huun-Huur-Tu is justifiably famous. Now, in this more traditional acoustic framework, the instrumental prowess that sets HHT apart from most other throat-singing bands is found here in full bloom.

There are far too many splendid performances and sonic gems to list here, but some deserve special mention: Radik Tülüsh's beautiful, breathy shoor (an end-blown flute, until recently having disappeared from Tuvan music, and now revived by Tülüsh), along with his beautiful sygyt singing (the highest, flute-like Tuvan throat-singing style); the unparalleled and exciting doshpuluur (a plucked, fretless Tuvan lute) of Sayan Bapa, the great unsung hero of Tuvan music, who also provides gorgeous nylon-string guitar, and deep kargyraa, the lowest Tuvan singing style which is presented here better than ever before; the economic clarity and colors of drummer Alexei Saryglar; and the shining, emotional singing of the great Tuvan maestro, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg.

The songs included here, like all great music, bear repeated listenings well, with new details to be found with every sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD! 21 Dec 2010
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I have been a Huun-Huur-Tu fan since discovering 60 Horses In My Herd around 1995, and I have to say this release, along with the 'Eternal' collaboration with Carmen Rizzo from last year, are my hands down favourites. These songs have been done before on their other releases, but this is a fresh take on all of them, performed by excellent musicians at the top of their game and informed by their many and varied collaborative experiences over the years. The quality of the recording is also amazing, the engineering and mix deserve awards, the clarity and aural space created grabbed me even before the music did. I also have to commend the beautiful booklet, the photos and artwork are gorgeous and evocative (with a sly nod to the Beatles, along with what seems to be a Floyd- and Zeppelin-inspired mystical flavour that is in perfect harmony with the Tuvan Shamanic elements) and I love that the lyrics are provided in Tuvan, English and French. I close my eyes and travel to the Taiga and the steppes, a big thumbs up all around!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be amazed 28 May 2013
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A Facebook friend posted a link to a YouTube performance by Huun Huur Tu and I was amazed by the vocal capabilities of the human voice they display, as well as their musicianship. I have been fascinated by the use of the human voice as an instrument for a while now. It started with a sound I heard on Massive Attack's 'Karma Coma' that didn't seem to fit with any of the instruments listed and somehow my search for what instrument it could be lead me to Mongolian throat singing. It is a weird, haunting, flute like sound created without any external instrument. The technique allows two, three or even four tones to be sung simultaneously. I love this album. The music is firmly rooted in the Tuva tradition and is very evocative of their way of life. Konguroi (Sixty Horses in my Herd) brilliantly conveys the impression of masses of horses on the move. Every track is superb and will introduce you to something new and exciting. I thoroughly recommend this album.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancestors Must be Proud 17 Nov 2010
By Steve Sklar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Following a series of experimental cds featuring a more modern, synth-laden approach, the leading Tuvan ensemble returns to a sound closer to their Siberian roots. Ancestors Call is a definitive recording of a collection of songs the group has honed over years of live touring, with their current and best lineup of musicians.

Beautifully recorded, this cd will thrill fans of Tuvan music, which goes far deeper and wider than the typically recognized throat-singing for which Huun-Huur-Tu is justifiably famous. Now, in this more traditional acoustic framework, the instrumental prowess that sets HHT apart from most other throat-singing bands is found here in full bloom.

There are far too many splendid performances and sonic gems to list here, but some deserve special mention: Radik Tülüsh's beautiful, breathy shoor (an end-blown flute, until recently having disappeared from Tuvan music, and now revived by Tülüsh), along with his beautiful sygyt singing (the highest, flute-like Tuvan throat-singing style); the unparalleled and exciting doshpuluur (a plucked, fretless Tuvan lute) of Sayan Bapa, the great unsung hero of Tuvan music, who also provides gorgeous nylon-string guitar, and deep kargyraa, the lowest Tuvan singing style which is presented here better than ever before; the economic clarity and colors of drummer Alexei Saryglar; and the shining, emotional singing of the great Tuvan maestro, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg.

The songs included here, like all great music, bear repeated listenings well, with new details to be found with every sitting. The opening song, Mazhalyk-Ta, a sparse duet by Tülüsh and Khovalyg on shoor and vocals, respectively, sets the tone and direction for the project, evoking the stark and beautiful setting of the Tuvan steppe.

Some of the highlights include the breathtaking Ekii Att'ar (Good Horses), driven hard by Bapa's torrid doshpuluur plucking and exciting sygyt tradeoffs by Tülüsh and Khovalyg; Saryglarlar, which has become a signature piece for Tülüsh's plaintive vocals and the lovely igil accompaniment; and one of the group's most famous pieces, the absolutely stunning Odugen Taiga. This piece, a concert centerpiece for many years, takes on a different feel due to the lovely mix, which recreates the feeling and ambience of the Tuvan taiga. The combination of Khovalyg's startlingly real bird and cricket sounds and amyrgaa (a Tuvan hunter's horn, played by inhaling to mimic the sound of a rutting elk), the thunder of Saryglar's large frame drum, and Bapa's gentle guitar sets the tone. And with Khovalyg and the others trading off verses as well as in unison, this piece strikes me as not just the most gorgeous piece of Tuvan music I've ever heard, but also one of the best, period.

I get the sense that this fine recording summarizes the long history of Huun-Huur-Tu, and look forward with great curiosity and high expectations for their next project.

Ancestors Call is a must have not only for fans of throat-singing and Tuva music, but should be a welcome addition to the collection of all music lovers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD! 19 Oct 2010
By Mary Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Huun-Huur-Tu fan since discovering 60 Horses In My Herd around 1995, and I have to say this release, along with the 'Eternal' collaboration with Carmen Rizzo from last year, are my hands down favorites. These songs have been done before on their other releases, but this is a fresh take on all of them, performed by excellent musicians at the top of their game and informed by their many and varied collaborative experiences over the years. The quality of the recording is also amazing, the engineering and mix deserve awards, the clarity and aural space created grabbed me even before the music did. I also have to commend the beautiful booklet, the photos and artwork are gorgeous and evocative (with a sly nod to the Beatles, along with what seems to be a Floyd- and Zeppelin-inspired mystical flavor that is in perfect harmony with the Tuvan Shamanic elements) and I love that the lyrics are provided in Tuvan, English and French. I close my eyes and travel to the Taiga and the steppes, a big thumbs up all around!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maturity: A Return to the Grasslands 10 Mar 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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With the same innovative spirit of their debut recording in 1993, after years of various musical explorations and interactions, Huun Huur Tu have given us a return-to-roots album. Some familiar tunes come, but they are more mature, well-studied in their performance. The beautiful pieces are presented slower, softer, and rounded in tone. We thought we knew this pioneering group from Tuva, but this special album takes us deeper into the grasslands to encounter the spirit of the people, the place, and the herd. Examples of great harmonic throat-singing, vocalise are included, and these are among the finest in my collection. The enclosed booklet contains the lyrics as well as some supportive, atmospheric photographs. I regard Ancestors Call as the group's most significant release thus far; for me, it is a milestone. It think they may have had some lessons from a shaman!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tuvaan Music 10 April 2011
By W. A. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anything by Huun Huur Tu is worth listening to if you like Tuvaan overtone singing. Ancestors Call is a more modern version of many of the same songs performed on their earlier CDs. If you aren't familiar with Tuvaan overtone singing - with its uncanny sounds and evocative tones - a better introduction is one of their early CDs Orphans Lament.

I prefer the earlier CD as having a more authentic ethnic sound, but this one is certainly worth a listen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Huun Huur Tu 23 Jun 2014
By MisterSindir - Published on Amazon.com
Been listening to music from Tuva for several years now, and I gotta say
these guys always impress. If at least 10% of the mainstream music
In the world was this passionate, things would be a lot better off.
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