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Tuvan Throat Singers to Perform at Pomona College

The all-female ensemble Tyva Kyzy ("Daughters of Tuva") will present a concert at Pomona College on Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m. Tuvan throat-singing is a traditional but little known musical style consisting of multiple tone harmonic singing. It originates from folk music in Tuva, located in southern Siberia.

“Daughters of Tuva” was established in 1998, becoming the first and only professional women’s group in Tuva to perform all types of Tuvan throat singing. Tuvan throat singing, with its myriad styles and techniques, differs from other Central Asian regional music.

Traditionally, this type of singing has been practiced mostly by men and prohibited for women. However, “Daughters of Tuva” performs widely and also teaches throat singing to interested young girls, breaking cultural taboos.

The group’s two recordings are titled, “Setkilimden sergek yr-dyr” (“A Cheerful Song from my Soul”) and “Belek “ (“The Gift").

“Daughters of Tuva” will also present a lecture/demonstration titled "Introduction to Tuvan Throat Singing" on Thursday, February 15 at 11 a.m.

The concert will take place at Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). The lecture/demonstration will be held in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Both events are sponsored by the Pomona College Music Department. For further information, contact (909) 621-8155 or music@pomona.edu

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