Gekka No Ether
Koichi Makigami is one of the strange breed of Japanese hoomi (throat) singers. He also plays the theremin and this unusual album is based on the theme of the moon and ether. 11 tracks including a traditional song from Tuva.
Superb album by an exceptional singer. Born into a family of livestock farmers in the southwest of Inner Mongolia, Urna's formative years were ingrained with a feeling of the endless expanse of the steppe, raised among horses and sheep and head-high grass and sand dunes. She learned traditional Mongolian songs from her grandmother and parents, and still today collects songs and stories from the elder singers of her homeland. She studied yangqin (Chinese dulcimer) at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she joined Robert Zollitsch's Gaoshan Liushui ensemble as the featured singer. She still collaborates today with Robert including on this album. Urna's music mixes elements of Mongolian folk with a variety of other influences to create an original and fresh sound. At the centre, is always her voice, improvising, soaring and striking in its range and beauty.
Namjilin Norovbanzad has an extraordinary voice. Singing urtiin duu, or long song, and bogino duu, meaning short song, her voice is piercing, powerful.Trouble is, this is a bit much over a whole CD. She is joined by instruments including morin khuur, with 2 it's strings and the hair of it's bow made from horsehair. Move any valuable glasses out the way before listening. Click here to email for availability
Yilana is young female morin huur (horse head fiddle) player from Inner Mongolia. On her first album she plays and sings Mongolian traditional songs and her own original tunes. On this accomplished album she is accompanied by a Japanese keyboard player.
Yilana was born in Inner Mongolia in 1987 and plays the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle) and sings. The traditional sounds are accompanied by keyboards and a string section into a kind of pop/trad sound bordering on new age. 11 tracks.
Taigam - My Taiga
Tuvan and Mongolian tunes and songs by two Japanese musicians, Masahiko Todoriki and Haruhiko Saga complete with throat singing and traditionalTuvan instrurments. They include somesongs from northern Japan, Ainu jew's harp and even Irish influences, to make this an interesting and recommended album. Comes with useful English liner notes. Click here to email for availability
Tarbagan Rises On The Earth
Tarbagan is the duo of Masahiko Todoriki a Tuva (khoomi) style throat singer and Haruhiko Saga who plays the Morin Khuur and sings in the Mongolian throat tradition. In 1998 the team won the guest division and placed second overall at Unesco's khoomi contest. This CD contains traditional songs from Tuva, Mongolia and Japan. Click here to email for availability