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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
Throat singers, more at Ancestors of Siberia event
Tuvan throat singers,
Russian Old Believers, Kamchatkan folk dancers and others will perform as “Ancestors
of Siberia” at California State University, Sacramento at 8 p.m., Saturday,
Sept. 27 at the Music Recital Hall inside Capistrano Hall.
Tuvan throat singers
throat singing group from the south Siberian country of Tuva, is made up of
masters of the otherworldly-sounding singing technique. Tuvan throat singers
train from early childhood to produce two vocalizations at once, usually a low-pitched
drone overlaid with a lilting, flute-like singing. Chirgilchin, meaning mirage
or miracle in the Tuvan language, also includes a female performer, a rarity
in throat singing.
Youth vocal group Otkay performs music from the Russian Old Believer tradition
as part of “Ancestors of Siberia.” Old Believers split from the
Russian Orthodox Church in the 1660s following a disagreement over church reforms.
Driven to remote parts of Russia by religious persecution, many settled in Siberia
where they maintain a lifestyle that embraces 17th Century Russian dress and
Kamchatkan folk dance ensemble Elvel incorporates animal spirits, shamanism
and legends into its performances. Its members are Etelman, a people with fewer
than 1,500 members native to Russia’s far east. Elvel’s folklore
performances are known worldwide for their lyrical beauty and humor.
Other “Ancestors of Siberia” performers include a Tuvan shaman and
a vocalist from Central Asia’s Altay region.
General admission tickets are $25 and available through the CSUS Ticket Office
at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com
at (916) 766-2277. For media assistance, contact public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156