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.