Tuvan Music – Jan 29 8:00am ET; 1:00pm GMT; 9:00pm ULAT

Title: Tuvan Music (Register here)
Date: Jan 29, 8:00am ET; 1:00pm GMT; 9:00pm ULAT

The January Virtual Panel Series, which will be held in English, will focus on Tuvan music, and feature panelists from Tuva, Turkey, and UK. The panel will have a guest moderator and three speakers. The panel will have four speakers, one of which will be a guest moderator, and will present on the following topics:

1. Valentina Süzükei: “An Overview of Tuvan Musical Genres”
2. Igor Köshkendey: “The Forms, Styles, and Techniques of Tuvan Khöömei”
3. Robert Beahrs: “Fieldwork in the Sayan-Altai Mountain Transboundary Region”
4. Sean Quirk: “Tuvan Music and its Worldwide Connections”

Please note that this panel session will be held on Zoom, and later uploaded to the ACMS YouTube channel. You can get the link to join the Zoom session by signing up for our mailing list via the link below: (The Zoom link will be automatically sent to your email.)

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About the Speakers:

Dr. Valentina Süzükei is a Candidate of Arts Studies, Doctor of Cultural Studies. Distinguished Researcher of the Republic of Tuva, member of the Russian Composers’ Union. She works in the Tuvan Institute of Humanitarian and Applied Economic Studies (TIGPI), and she performed her post-diploma work at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory. Dr. Süzükei’s field of interest is the musical folklore of the Tuvans, Tuvan musical instruments and instrumental music, khöömei, and the music of the Turco-Mongolic peoples of Central Asia. She is the author of 23 research works and more than 150 articles in Russian and worldwide academic journals.

Dr. Robert O. Beahrs is an ethnomusicologist, sound artist, and filmmaker from Minnesota currently living in Istanbul. His research examines socio-material geographies of music, song-based storytelling, and the politics of heritage in the Sayan-Altai Mountain region of Inner Asia. He studied music at Pomona College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. Beahrs is currently working as a lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), Istanbul Technical University.

Igor Köshkendey is one of the foremost performers of Tuvan music alive today. His career stretches back over 25 years, performing as a founding member of the seminal Tuvan group “Chirgilchin,” the Tuvan National Orchestra, as a soloist, and in many other projects. He has won many prestigious musical competitions both in Tuva and abroad, including Mongolia, Turkey, and the UK. He is one of the “People’s Khöömeizhi of Tuva,” which is the highest title that can be awarded to a Tuvan throat singer. He also was awarded the prestigious title of “Soul of Russia,” in 2018, and was given a “Kalzan Bolzhuktu” medal in 2010 by the Mongolian government. He won a Grammy in 2018 as a composer with the hip hip artist “Residente,” for their collaborative composition, “Somos Anormales.” Mr. Köshkendey is currently the director of the Canter for the Development of Tuvan Traditional Culture and Crafts (Tuvan Center), in which capacity he has worked for 5 years.

Sean Quirk is the manager, producer and interpreter for Alash. Born in Ohio and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), Sean’s passion for Tuvan music developed after hearing a Huun-Huur-Tu CD while he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sean set about learning xöömei and won a Fulbright fellowship to continue his studies in Tuva in 2003. Since his arrival in Tuva, the members of Alash have been his friends and instructors. He sometimes joins the group in encores at their performances. Sean and the other members of Alash are also members of the Tuvan National Orchestra. Sean has mastered the Tuvan language and has become a passionate and respected spokesman for Tuvan music and culture both in Tuva and abroad. For this work, the head of the government of Tuva presented Sean with a medal as a “Distinguished Artist of Tuva” at the Naadam Festival on August 1, 2008. In 2013, Sean curated the Tuvan delegation to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage, where he emceed the Tuvan performances.

1 thought on “Tuvan Music – Jan 29 8:00am ET; 1:00pm GMT; 9:00pm ULAT”

  1. Hello at ACMS,
    I would love to have a few minutes to thank Sean and Valentina and the Alash players for allowing me to use their music on the movie Migration. I would also like to share a comment from one of the Dukhas when he saw the movie and heard the music up in the taiga.

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