Ekii (Tuvan for hello),
I'm Steve Sklar, and I'd like to welcome you to khoomei.com. Inside you'll find an huge collections of articles, lessons, photos, videos, mp3s, a new forum, links and more related to this beautiful vocal art.
Here's a bit about me and what I do:
Created the first online throat-singing lessons, 2003
Tour manager and workshop leader for Huun-Huur-Tu 2003 North American Tour
Singing khoomei since 1995, in several Tuvan styles
Twice journeyed to Tuva, in 1995 and in 2001, with my friends and khoomei mentors Huun-Huur-Tu
Perform and record with Big Sky, which I serve as lead guitarist, producer, and throat-singer, and the ensemble "The Overtone Orchestra"
Teaching khoomei since 1997. In order to teach effectively, I've deconstructed the traditional styles so that they may be taught with simple, fun. and safe techniques and exercises. I've taught in the US, Canada, Taiwan, and Finland.
Organizer and khoomei instructor, 2002 Tuvan Khoomei/Shamanism Tour of the United States and Canada
Founded the International Association for Harmonic Singing (IAHS), 2002
You can hear my khoomei on the web, on QT videos and MP3s! Here are some samples:
Video of me singing at a concert in Xandugaityi, Tuva, on the border with Mongolia.
Video of the Overtone Orchestra
Video of chanting with Tibetan Monks
Video with beginning students after workshop in Chicago
MP3 "Siberia" by Big Sky
MP3 "Fire in the Water" by Big Sky
MP3 "Far Away " by Big Sky (sygyt at end of song)
MP3 Perash (recorded live in Boulder, CO with Ash Dargan on flute and Per Hultquist, didg)
MP3 Tribal Wind (recorded live in Boulder, CO with PETS ensemble)
Teaching Khoomei at Joshua Tree Didgefest
Teaching jaw position at Khoomei
Teaching khoomei with Huun-Huur-Tu
Minneapolis, MN USA
"Steve was more than generous with his time, his energy, and his unique expertise....Steve is part guru, part music teacher and part Catskill comic - somehow he manages to engage all three of these aspects at once. He has plenty of interesting little teaching tricks up his pedagogical sleeve to enable people to make the sounds he wants them to make." Peter Pringle, Montreal Throat-Singing Festival 4/2001