Kyzyl, Tyva, RUS

Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Singing ancient folk songs in the Tuvan language, the group also plays handmade traditional instruments which evoke the sounds and cadence of animals. Contact:, 1-360-477-5445


Throat-singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, harmonizing one with another to create richly layered melodies which evoke central Asian steppes and nomadic life. This music is truly astonishing, magical, and beautiful. Atmospheric and mesmeric, it is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed – the sounds are produced by resonating low sounds in the throat while harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones.
This ancient tradition is kept alive and kicking in just a few countries across Central Asia and south of Siberia. The highest developed forms of throat-singing come from Tuva and the members of Chirgilchin are among the best and most accomplished throat-singers in all of Tuva.


The Wolf and the Kid 1996
Aryskan's Wind 1999
Ezir-Kara 2002
Collectible 2005
Will Teach 2006
Pictures of Tuva 2008

Set List

Concert programs are one and a half hours long consisting of a first and second set with a short break in between.
Program is available upon request by venue.