Canada, Russia ·
9 Days ·
71 Moments ·
18 August 2017
Our first throat singing group lesson
Some amazing sound bites to come !
Great batman boat !
17 August 2017
At the Gala closing of the 2017 threat singing competition
16 August 2017
At the ceremony unveiling of Kongar-Ool Ondar's statue
International Groups throat singing competition
Some interesting tunes
New statue to be dedicated this evening toTuva's legendary throat singer
Group threat singing was totally amazing !!!
One of the producers of the Genghis Blues documentary.
The reason so many of us found Tuva !!!!
On his 9th trip
Thanked him and had nice chat about Tuva since 1995
The good and bad of the new - especially smartphones.
He said Tuva is a special place where you bump into people you are seeking, even if days away. A shamanic culture. He said things don't happen the way you plan but they happen -
We had that experience with Anna our tour guide. She found and herded all 16 of us in minutes out
Of a giant market with thousands of people.
I had that experience with him. Patrick told us about meeting him yesterday and I thought it would be great to meet him. And there he was standing in the hallway when I decided to turn back from the group and buy the Solar Deer jew's harp in the store...
I have a recording of part of the conversation
Tuvan Bee Gees by the looks !
15 August 2017
Walking back along the boardwalk past the statues
Amazing setting and public space
International competition threat singing in modern music context
A very interesting guy from a Norway fiord, a couple from US and Vietnam, twirling dervishes from Turkey, a Canadian group and more
Certainly a twist to use throat singing in modern songs
Some like it some don't, but it does open eyes to a larger audience
My brother ....
At the throat singing festival in Tuva And the announcer spoke only in Tuvan so we couldn't understand a word then suddenly "Facebook"
First hand that It has reached the remotest parts of the world
Ouroboros - a sting cultural symbol here
Some Local beer
More fun to watch than you would think
Being there there is a great crowd vibe
Simple rules - get the other guy on the ground
Multiple pairs on the field at the same time
Can easily switch to watch the action from on pair to another
Off to the traditional wrestling competition called Kooresh
Cafe yurt. Translate the sign
Packed room !!!
Very attentive audience
Attended the solo traditional throat singing competition
We saw about a dozen of the 90+ competitors
Amazing variety of sounds from voices to instruments and all in their traditional clothing
I will upload excerpts to Facebook after the trip
Here are those horse heads again on the cultural building as well as on the program
The instrument on the building is an Igyl
A traditional stringed instrument with 2 strings played with a bow
Knowing the Russians alphabet alone makes a big difference understanding what's going on
Many simple phonetic translations point the way
14 August 2017
Beautiful threat singing festival opening.ceremony
Procession, dancing, traditional throat singing and international groups - many countries including Canada !
Centre of Asia
Our host did find a local grocery store who sold us foreigners some under the table vodka
Neat centre of Asia leverage on bottle top
The liquor store is closed for the full 3 day festival
Pretty smart idea
Great atmosphere shows it doesn't need the booze
Inside Tuvan yurts
Yup bear fur shawl
Enjoying the time
One of the regions has a teepee as their yurt
They invited us in to share their culture
Reindeers used as pack animals
From hoof shakers to bear fur shawls
Birch bark covered with deer hide
The everpresent horse head
From outdoor carvings to instruments
Ryan, one of the photographers in our group is doing a unique and special give back by taking polaroids of people and giving it to them. Amazing to see the reaction of people who probably don't have pictures of themselves to see the photo develop in front of their eyes
A truly special gift
Competition for the best yurt - from all 17 regions of Tuva
There were horse saddle competitions
Horses go deep in the culture
Of Tuva - every year they have festival that includes hose racing,
6 out of 7 are bareback, and some with kids of 12-14, who are excellent riders .
There was a lot of waiting for the horses to come around and the locals gather and chat in low crouches for long times and are at ease - sitting on the ground was much less popular
We tried it and it was hard and. Not exactly relaxing
Some of the stalls and the head of Tuvan festival
Our trip to Tuva included the Naadym festival
Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery.
Today we went to the horse racing event
Tons of people, a big open field with lots of local food
Horses of course !
Yes camels are traditional here
13 August 2017
At the centre of Asia monuments
Solar Deer atop Center of Asia obelisk
Statue of the Royal Hunting
Stunning - absolutely
Center of Asia stature
The capital of Tuva
A small place with lots of history
The Russian alphabet means it gets written different ways
Kyzyl to use a standard keyboard but distorts the pronunciation
Bit Кызыл is correct and you have to know how to pronounce those Russian letters not in the English alphabet
My 3 years of Russian in high school helped a lot - reading and pronouncing - understanding was more difficult but very useful on the trip
Wonderful welcome to Tuva !!!
Tuva or Bust. (Feynman reference)
5 hours packed 16 of us rain and lots of construction
Made it to Abakan Airport
Not quite in Tuva yet -
12 August 2017
Fun day in Moscow coming to a close
One of most famous buildings in the world
St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Red Square Красная Плошадь
A walk at the underground mall near the Kremlin
McDonalds in Moscow
A canadian venture pioneered long ago by McDonalds Canada
We didn't try the food though
Looking for something more local !
Some beautiful buildings on a beautiful day
11 August 2017
First seen here
The pink stiletto heels as a designated parking spots for women at the Moscow Airport
Google it of you don't believe me !
Nap after long travel day in Moscow
11 August 2017
Made it to Moscow - after 2 long flights !
Same weather as Toronto
At airport in Brussels
Home of Tintin and Milou of course (Snowy in English)
Getting close !
Ready to leave Toronto and head to the airport
The adventure begins
9 August 2017
Digger is going into hibernation for tomorrow's departure
First red eye Brussels then Moscow, then red eye Abakan
Golden slumbers for him anyway.
Off tomorrow on a double red eye !!!!
To Tuva - the center of Asia
Between Siberia and Mongolia