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Tuvan singers will bring an otherworldly sound to Vashon
An ensemble of celebrated musicians from the steppes of Central Asia will perform in concert on Sunday at Open Space for Arts & Community.
The group, Chirgilchin, is one of the world’s leading throat-singing ensembles, known for their haunting renditions of ancient folk songs and mesmerizing accompaniment on handmade traditional instruments, including lutes, fiddles, bells, mouth harps and rattle drums.
Sunday’s concert marks a return to the Island for the group. They have played here in the past at concerts and school performances sponsored by Vashon Folkdancers and Vashon Park District.
Tuva, a remote Russian province located in southern Siberia, is known for having produced a vocal form in which one singer emits two or more sounds at the same time. These sounds include low bass notes, middle tones and flute-like top notes.
The form evolved over centuries, and was greatly informed by the spiritual beliefs of the people of Tuva, who have traditionally lived a nomadic, herding life that is intensely respectful to nature.
The Chirgilchin ensemble’s name comes from a Tuvan word that means both mirage and miracle. The group, recent champions of the Tuvan national throat-singing competition, includes Igor Koshkendey, Mongoun-ool Ondar, Aldar Tamdyn and Aidysmaa Koshkendey.
David Godsey, co-founder of Open Space, is excited about the concert.
“What an amazing group of musicians,” he said.
Chirgilchin will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Tickets, $14 for adults and $7 for children, are for sale at Books by the Way, www.brownpapertickets.org and the door.