Ninara from Helsinki, Finland, CC BY 2.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

Tuvan Throat Singers and Traditional Acoustic EnsembleGroup formed in 1992Tuvan Folk Music; Throat Singing

Fast Facts

  • Huun-Huur-Tu is a group of 4 musicians that formed in 1992. 
  • The group is from the Republic of Tuva, a remote indigenous region that sits on the border of Russia and Mongolia. 
  • Two of the current members of this ensemble were founding members and have been with the group for its entire lifetime, while others have come and gone over time. 
  • One of the most interesting and striking sounds of Huun-Huur-Tu is the use of Tuvan throat singing, where one singer produces multiple pitches with their voice. 
  • In Tuvan, Huun-Huur-Tu means “sun beams” or “sun”. 
  • Members of the band refer to their name as the natural phenomenon of the sun peeking through trees or clouds. 
  • Huun-Huur-Tu takes pride in making their music have lots of natural sounds to remind the listener of the world around them. 
  • Huun-Huur-Tu is passionate about collaborating with lots of different musicians of different styles to contrast and complement their traditional sound.

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