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Ancestors Call [Import]

Huun-Huur-TuAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: World Village
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Redefining the folk traditions of their native Tuva, the four brilliant singers/multi-instrumentalists of Huun Huur Tu transform ancient and modern musical forms into a rich sonic tapestry. The band s members come from the former Soviet Republic of Tuva, a sparsely settled region that lies at the center of Asia, north of Mongolia, and 2,500 miles east of Moscow. Since its formation 1992, the group has featured indigenous music played on rare instruments and has preserved and popularized khöömei (throat-singing) - arguably one of the world s oldest forms of music making. Closely linked to traditional shamanistic practices, Tuvan folk music, with its combination of instrumental and throat- singing sounds, has been used for communication with spirits of the human, animal and natural worlds for centuries. Singled out for its incredible sound, Huun Huur Tu has performed in venues around the world. Their past collaborations include projects with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, The Kronos Quartet, and (most recently) electronica wiz and record producer Carmen Rizzo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancestors Must be Proud November 17, 2010
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Following a series of experimental cds featuring a more modern, synth-laden approach, the leading Tuvan ensemble returns to a sound closer to their Siberian roots. Ancestors Call is a definitive recording of a collection of songs the group has honed over years of live touring, with their current and best lineup of musicians.

Beautifully recorded, this cd will thrill fans of Tuvan music, which goes far deeper and wider than the typically recognized throat-singing for which Huun-Huur-Tu is justifiably famous. Now, in this more traditional acoustic framework, the instrumental prowess that sets HHT apart from most other throat-singing bands is found here in full bloom.

There are far too many splendid performances and sonic gems to list here, but some deserve special mention: Radik Tülüsh's beautiful, breathy shoor (an end-blown flute, until recently having disappeared from Tuvan music, and now revived by Tülüsh), along with his beautiful sygyt singing (the highest, flute-like Tuvan throat-singing style); the unparalleled and exciting doshpuluur (a plucked, fretless Tuvan lute) of Sayan Bapa, the great unsung hero of Tuvan music, who also provides gorgeous nylon-string guitar, and deep kargyraa, the lowest Tuvan singing style which is presented here better than ever before; the economic clarity and colors of drummer Alexei Saryglar; and the shining, emotional singing of the great Tuvan maestro, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg.

The songs included here, like all great music, bear repeated listenings well, with new details to be found with every sitting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD! October 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Huun-Huur-Tu fan since discovering 60 Horses In My Herd around 1995, and I have to say this release, along with the 'Eternal' collaboration with Carmen Rizzo from last year, are my hands down favorites. These songs have been done before on their other releases, but this is a fresh take on all of them, performed by excellent musicians at the top of their game and informed by their many and varied collaborative experiences over the years. The quality of the recording is also amazing, the engineering and mix deserve awards, the clarity and aural space created grabbed me even before the music did. I also have to commend the beautiful booklet, the photos and artwork are gorgeous and evocative (with a sly nod to the Beatles, along with what seems to be a Floyd- and Zeppelin-inspired mystical flavor that is in perfect harmony with the Tuvan Shamanic elements) and I love that the lyrics are provided in Tuvan, English and French. I close my eyes and travel to the Taiga and the steppes, a big thumbs up all around!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maturity: A Return to the Grasslands March 10, 2011
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With the same innovative spirit of their debut recording in 1993, after years of various musical explorations and interactions, Huun Huur Tu have given us a return-to-roots album. Some familiar tunes come, but they are more mature, well-studied in their performance. The beautiful pieces are presented slower, softer, and rounded in tone. We thought we knew this pioneering group from Tuva, but this special album takes us deeper into the grasslands to encounter the spirit of the people, the place, and the herd. Examples of great harmonic throat-singing, vocalise are included, and these are among the finest in my collection. The enclosed booklet contains the lyrics as well as some supportive, atmospheric photographs. I regard Ancestors Call as the group's most significant release thus far; for me, it is a milestone. It think they may have had some lessons from a shaman!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tuvaan Music April 10, 2011
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Anything by Huun Huur Tu is worth listening to if you like Tuvaan overtone singing. Ancestors Call is a more modern version of many of the same songs performed on their earlier CDs. If you aren't familiar with Tuvaan overtone singing - with its uncanny sounds and evocative tones - a better introduction is one of their early CDs Orphans Lament.

I prefer the earlier CD as having a more authentic ethnic sound, but this one is certainly worth a listen.
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