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Tuva's Evgeny Saryglar New Zealand Shows Announced

Tuva's Evgeny Saryglar New Zealand Shows Announced

Monday 8th October, 2018 12:08PM

Auckland-based experimental sound facilitators Audio Foundation have announced a very special run of local shows featuring Tuvan throat singer and multi-instrumentalist Evgeny Saryglar in October and November. Internationally revered as a virtuoso of the ancient art of throat singing style Khöömei and Tuvan traditional two-stringed instrument the Igil, the Tuvan National Orchestra member will perform in spaces throughout the North Island and host a workshop on his craft at the Audio Foundation's underground headquarters. This is an unmissable opportunity for local audiences to experience the master's work firsthand, here are the details...

Evgeny Saryglar

Friday 26th October - Auckland, Auckland Unitarian* 
Saturday 27th October - Auckland, The Audio Foundation, workshop, 2pm^
Sunday 28th October - Palmerston North, Snails *
Tuesday 30th October and Wednesday 31st October - Wellington, Pyramid Club*

Tickets for the tour are available HERE via UTR*
For tickets to Evgeny Saryglar's Auckland workshop head along over HERE^

Check out a clip of Evgeny Saryglar singing and playing the Igil...

 Watch footage of the artist performing at the Ustuu Huree festival in the forest of Chadan, Tuva...

Press release:

Audio Foundation is pleased to announce a New Zealand tour for Evgeny Saryglar, one of the world masters of the Tuvan throat singing style Khöömei and Tuva’s leading Igil player – a two stringed horse hair lute. Evgeny Saryglar is a folk singer who began throat singing as an 11-year-old herding animals with his grandfather in the summer pastures and winter valleys of his homeland. Later he studied with the great masters of throat singing and performed in New Zealand as a young man with the ensemble, Shu De. This tour is a unique and rare opportunity to see one of the world masters of Tuvan throat singing perform in Aotearoa. Throat singing is one of the world’s oldest forms of music. In the vast, cold grasslands of Tuva between Siberia and Mongolia – the land of herding, wrestling, horse riding, archery and shamanism – throat singing or Khöömei has been part of the traditional way of life for centuries.

Tuvan throat singing is the soundscape of the nomadic herdsman’s realm – rushing waters, the harsh winds of the steppe, galloping horses, the deep growl of a camel, the trill and whistle of bird song. It is both human mimicry of nature’s sounds and an integral part of the people’s close spiritual relationship with their natural world. Khöömei is the art of singing two or more notes at a time by manipulating the muscles of the throat together with subtle movements of the lips, tongue, jaw and larynx.

Evgeny is now the laureate of throat singing in Tuva and a member of the Tuvan National Orchestra. He is a virtuoso of the Igil, a traditional two-stringed instrument. He is also a teacher, giving workshops on Tuvan throat singing and traditional instruments to students from all over the world.


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Fri 26th Oct
Unitarian Church, Auckland
Sat 27th Oct
Audio Foundation, Auckland
Sun 28th Oct
Snails, Palmerston North
Tue 30th Oct
Pyramid Club, Wellington
Wed 31st Oct
Pyramid Club, Wellington

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