One Person’s Choir


The Tuvan people in central Asia have a tradition of “overtone singing,” which produces two or more melodies at the same time. I call it “one person’s choir,” since there is only one singer and more than one voices. It is truly amazing, and the Tuvans are able to sing it on horseback while riding.

Tuvan people’s understanding of the nature not only comes through the various shapes and location of things, but also through sound. So, the imitation of natural sound is evident in Tuvan singing. The roar of the earth , whistling of the wind, etc. Through singing , the Tuvans communicate with nature and become one with nature.

One person is people. People is nature. Nature is us.

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