The evening starts with a 30 min film about Tuva, then there will be a 20 min break before we continue with the concert.
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg – Vocals (Khöömei, Sygyt, Kargyraa), Igyl
An extremely talented, self-taught overtone singer, Khovalyg worked as a shepherd until the age of 21, when he was invited to join the Tuvan State Ensemble. He settled in Kyzyl and started teaching throat singing and igil. A co-founder of Huun-Huur-Tu, he left the State Ensemble in 1993 to devote his attention to the newly formed quartet. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with Vershki da Koreshki, the World Groove Band and the Volkov Trio. Covering a range from tenor to bass, Khovalyg is particularly known for his unique rendition of the khöömei and kargyraa singing styles.
Radik Tyulyush – Vocals (Barbang-Nadyr), Byzaanchi, Khomuz (jew's harp)
Born in rural Tuva, he was a shepherd before becoming a professional musician. Having perfected his virtuoso throat-singing abilities as a former Soviet-style concert performer of Tuvan folk music, he excels in the borbangnadyr style. He joined Huun-Huur-Tu in 2006 , he performs as well as soloist and did a Britsh tour in spring 2007 with his own program
Sayan Bapa – Vocals (Kargyraa & Khöömei), Toschpulur, Guitar, Igyl
Sayan Bapa, child of a Tuvan father and Russian mother, grew up in the industrial town Ak-Dovurak. He received his musical training in Kislovodsk, Northern Caucasus, where he played fretless bass in a Russian jazz-rock band for several years. In the early 1990s he returned to Tuva to study his roots, and became a member of a folk-rock band, performing traditional Tuvan music on electric instruments. A co-founder of Huun-Huur-Tu, Bapa is a versatile string instrumentalist, and performs on the igil, doshpuluur, and acoustic guitar. As a vocalist he is currently specializing in the kargyraa style.
Alexei Saryglar – Vocals (Sygyt), Tuyug (horse hooves), Tungur (shaman-drum), Igyl
Alexei Saryglar, the youngest member of Huun-Huur-Tu, joined the ensemble in 1995 to replace Alexander Bapa. He completed his musical training in Ulan Ude as a percussionist for classical and popular music, and became a member of the large Russian state ensemble 'Siberian Souvenir'. A multi-talented performer, Saryglar makes his mark as a sygyt singer, and his expertise with traditional Tuvan percussion and string instruments naturally extends into the art of piano playing. Like the other members of the ensemble, he resides in Kyzyl when not on tour.