pure nature music presents
Sounds of siberia
TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF SAKHA AND TUVA
The duo bridges two mesmerizing centuries-old traditions from remote Eurasian lands where the sounds of nature are reproduced on instruments and by the human voice. - The Lowell Sun
now booking january 2020
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is the foremost master of the khomus, a type of jaw harp from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). When she was just seven years old, Yuliyana began studying the khomus from her mother. She joined the Sakha folk group Ayarkhaan, and the group toured several international festivals, captivating thousands of world music fans with their distinct melodic sound. Today, Yuliyana performs solo and teaches khomus enthusiasts all over the world. Her repertoire is versatile, featuring traditional singing and folk melodies accompanied by the khomus. Yuliyana's voice and khomus blend to create unique harmony that often evokes feelings of profound wonder. Audiences might hear the rustle of grass in the wind, the cry of a bird startled into the sky, and the quiet incantations of an ancient shamanic ritual. In 2019, Yuliyana joined renowned Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin on her first US tour. The experiences on this tour lead to the birth of a new project, Sounds of Siberia, which combines the traditional music of Sakha and Tuva.
Nachyn Choreve is a soloist in the Tuvan State Philharmonic and founding member of Tuvan psychedelic rock band Hartyga. Nachyn began touring as a professional musician at just 16, and as a member of Hartyga has collaborated with musicians around the world.
Together, Yuliyana and Nachyn transport listeners to the vast expanse of Siberia. Stretching from Tuva in the south to Yakutia in the north, Siberia is a land of mountains, deserts, plains, and tundra. Nachyn's mastery of the different styles of throat singing takes listeners to the taiga and mountain brooks of Tuva, while Yuliyana brings the sounds of the birds,reindeer, and winds of the endless tundra of Yakutia. At the same time throat singing emerged out of the Tuvan nomadic lifestyle, the khomus became the backbone of Yakutian culture and the tool of powerful shamans. When heard together, these two musical styles are a transformational experience.
07/09/2019 Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
07/13/2019 Montana Folk Festival, Butte, MT
07/16/2019 Object Space, Spokane, WA
07/17/2019 Cryptotropa, Olympia, WA
07/20/2019 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA
07/23/2019 Roundhouse Concerts, Richmond, VA
07/25/2019 RhizomeDC, Washington, DC
07/26/2019 Payomet PAC, Wellfleet, MA
07/27/2019 Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA
Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It functions much like a Jew’s harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jew’s harp is limited in range, volume, and pitch. The khomus is loud and strikingly expansive in range. Yuliyana’s skill allows her to play sounds across about three octaves. She was the winner of the Ethnic Sound category in the Discovery International Music Pop Festival in Varna, Bulgaria.
Yuliyana has performed in Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, China, Thailand, Holland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Turkmenistan. Her music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the Sakha people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. The workshop will cover exercises to improve stamina and introduce people to the different sounds possible on the khomus. By the end of the lesson, students will know the techniques they need to create a short composition for the khomus.
throat singing workshop
Nachyn Choreve is a soloist in the Tuvan State Philharmonic and frontman of Tuvan psychedelic rock band Hartyga. Nachyn began touring as a professional musician at just 16, and as a member of Hartyga has collaborated with musicians around the world.
Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and Tuvan instruments with Hartyga. This introductory masterclass will show you the main styles of throat singing, and the traditional instruments igil and doshpoulour. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Photography by Jane Stein, January 2020
montana folk festival 2019
January 4, 2020 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA | Info
January 8, 2020 Bossa Bistro, Washington, DC | Info
January 10, 2020 Rubin Museum, New York, NY | Info
January 16, 2020 Pskaufman, Los Angeles, CA
January 17, 2020 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA | Info
January 19, 2020 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA (Workshop)
January 24, 2020 Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Cupertino, CA | Info
January 25, 2020 Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland, OR
January 26, 2020 Jackson Wellsprings, Ashland, OR (Workshop)
January 30 The Old Church, Portland, OR | Info
January 31 Octapas, Olympia, WA | Info
February 1 FireHouse Arts and Events Center, Bellingham, WA | Info
March 16-22 South by Southwest, Austin, TX
We are now booking January - March 2020.
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