Saturday, September 29, 2012 ♦ 8:00 PMRadio M welcomes
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000
Tuvan throat singing group Huun Huur Tu uses traditional acoustic instruments subtly drawing on 20th-century composers, funky rhythms, and a current palette of electronica. Huun Huur Tu transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions that need to be heard live to be believed.
The whistling of the high-mountain wind forms eerie overtones and postmodern statement. The repeated thrum of a string against wood and hide turns into a meditative, evocative figure straight from the avant garde. The descendents of isolated Siberian herdsmen make serious, strangely universal music out of some of the planets quirkiest acoustics.
As they began touring in the West 17 years ago, Huun Huur Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to the boundless wealth of Tuvan traditions, thanks in great part to their superior musicianship. Hailing from the high pastures of the Altai Mountains in south central Siberia, the musicians have spent decades honing the overtone singing, instrumental approaches, and vibrant songs of their home.