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If I'd Been Born an Eagle
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Album: If I'd Been Born an Eagle
# Song Title   Time
1)    Taraan-Taraam
2)    Don't Frighten the Crane
3)    Dadyr-Todur
4)    Samagaltai
5)    Orai-La Boldu-La :: Night Is Coming And Evening Is Coming
6)    Herder's Conversation
7)    Bai-Taiga
8)    Chylandyk
9)    Daglarim :: My Mountains
10)    Chadaana
11)    Dangyna :: Princess
12)    Dnen-Shilgi
13)    Tozhular Yry
14)    Shaldyg-Xaya
15)    Song of a Lonely Man
16)    Erge-Shlee Biste Turda :: When We Have Our Rights
 

Album: If I'd Been Born an Eagle
# Song Title   Time
1)    Taraan-Taraam
2)    Don't Frighten the Crane
3)    Dadyr-Todur
4)    Samagaltai
5)    Orai-La Boldu-La :: Night Is Coming And Evening Is Coming
6)    Herder's Conversation
7)    Bai-Taiga
8)    Chylandyk
9)    Daglarim :: My Mountains
10)    Chadaana
11)    Dangyna :: Princess
12)    Dnen-Shilgi
13)    Tozhular Yry
14)    Shaldyg-Xaya
15)    Song of a Lonely Man
16)    Erge-Shlee Biste Turda :: When We Have Our Rights
 
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Performer Notes
  • Huun-Huur-Tu: Sayan Bapa (vocals, guitar, igil, doshpuluur, kargyraa); Anatoli Kuular (vocals, konguluur, byzaanchi, ediski, amyrga, xomus); Alexei Sariglar (vocals, igil, konguluur, duyug, xapchyk, tunggur, dunggur); Kaigal-ool Xovalyg (vocals, igil, whistles, kargyraa, xoomei).
  • Additional personnel: Galina Surin (vocals); German Popov (shoor); Sergei Starostin (wooden flute, kaliuka); Kertik-ool Danzyn (bayan).
  • Recorded at Sing-Sing Studio, Metslawier, Holland on June 17-26, 1996. Includes liner notes by Ted Levin.
  • Personnel: Sayan Bapa (vocals, guitar, igil); Alexei Sariglar (vocals, igil, bass drum, sound effects); Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (vocals, igil); Anatoli Kuular (vocals, reeds, Jew's harp, byzaanchi); Sergey Starostin (wooden flute); Kertik-Ool Danzyn (bayan).
  • Audio Mixer: Milan Ciric.
  • Liner Note Author: Theodore Levin.
  • Recording information: Sing-Sing Studio, Metslawier, The Netherlands (06/17/1996-06/26/1996).
  • Photographer: Theodore Levin.
  • Translators: Valentina Suzukei; Robert Vosgien; Huun-Huur-Tu.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Anatoli Kuular; Sayan Bapa.
  • Huun-Huur Tu brings rural Tuvan folk songs to the world stage, employing a technique commonly referred to as "throat singing." In this vocal approach, tones are split into several parts (most notably a bass drone and a high-pitched whistle) deep within the throat. This quartet is one of the world's best-kept secrets, led by the spectacularly talented Kaigal-ool Khovalyg--who is often referred to as the Pavarotti of the East. The band also plays a variety of stringed and percussive instruments indigenous to Siberia, including the doshpuluur, the kargyraa, and the xoomei. The playing and singing engenders organic dialogs, evoking pastoral scenes of remote villages, fields, passing birds, and cantering horses.
  • Because Tuva is located in the part of Siberia nearest to China, the angular melodies and spacious structures of its native music are closest to the Asian conception of music. The group's ghostly sound pushes the wistful folk melodies into alien, mind-expanding territory. Huun-Huur Tu's other albums give an equally strong sense of the group's magic, but EAGLE is among its most consistent offerings. Recent collaborations between these musicians and artists like John Cale and Frank Zappa hint that Tuva's musical marvels won't stay secret for long.
Professional Reviews
Option (5-6/97, p.110) - "...Huun-Huur-Tu has taken a huge leap, de-emphasizing the novelty of Tuvan throat-singing, and mixing in elements from other traditions..."
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