Monday, February 6, 2017


Sainkho Namtchylak
16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas paper, 2017
The already heavily mined website yet yields another hitherto unexplored nook of most exciting sound recordings. Ethnopoetics is the name of the nook. I had found the music of Sainkho Namtchylak once before, about fifteen years ago when I was looking into Tuvan throat singing, but my ears apparently weren't ready yet. Ms. Namtchylak was born in Tuva but grew up in Moscow. She learned traditional Tuvan vocal styles together with Western avant-garde techniques of composition including the use of overtone singing.

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