Huun Huur Tu is a music group from Tuva, a Russian Federation republic situated on the Mongolian border. The most distinctive characteristic of Huun Huur Tu’s music is throat singing, in which the singers sing both the note (drone) and the drone’s overtone(s), thus producing two or three notes simultaneously. The overtone may sound like a flute, whistle or bird, but is actually solely a product of the human voice. The group primarily uses native Tuvan instruments such as the igil, khomus (Tuvan jaw harp), doshpuluur, and dünggür (shaman drum). However, in recent years, the group has begun to selectively incorporate western instruments, such as the guitar. While the thrust of Huun Huur Tu’s music is fundamentally indigenous Tuvan folk music, they also experiment with incorporating not only Western instruments, but electronic music as well. Huun Huur Tu played 2 sold out concerts at Brorsons Church last year, and it’s a real pleasure to welcome them back to play at Christians Church in November.
“[…] a musical miracle!” – NEW YORK TIMES
“The Tuvans will ride into your brain and leave hoofprints up and down your spine.” – THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN