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Shever-ool wrote:Greetings folks,
When Imre performed his 'own stuff' at Ustuu-Khuree '07 with Finnish roots rather than Tuvan the crowd went wild! more so than when he played Tuvan melodies and styles, though they loved that as well.
Imre is an absolutely wonderful performer of Traditional Tuvan music as well as his own roots and soul but the discussion about who's best of non- Inner Asian seems a-bit pointless.
I'm in agreement with Steve that we needn't follow a path through another tradition "before we can play from our ears and hearts and souls" with the note (which I'm sure most agree) that most masters who are willing to teach Khoomei are very clear on the need to learn it the right way from the beginning from a Tuvan or skilled master.
In my own experience sining khoomei for the last 10 years, I find that the hardest thing to achieve is the "heart" (and it is a distinct sound quality, not only a spiritual demarcation) that Tuvans have in their singing. That quality, I am just beginning to find again as I come back to what originally attracted me to khoomei in the first place; singing the beauty of the landscape from the inside out and outside in, which for me started with singing to the land of the White Mountain Apache after hearing their songs.
If you don't find that heart quality fairly soon after learning technical khoomei, the singing will be relatively lifeless.
I feel that as Imre comes back to the passion of his musical roots and informs them after becoming an accomplished singer/instrumentalist in the Tuvan musical cannon he will be regarded outside of this informal race to the top of a trivial category and instead as an inspired and moving artist.
Good to be back,
I find this post very profound because it adresses two possible road when khoomei singing:
- - regular singing without any Shakti or spiritual energy flowing between the singer and the listener
- - spiritual singing experience with a subset of sound healing capacity