Sound of Siberia on tour

ED FOSS Two musicians – father and daughter – from the little-known Russian republic of Khakassia are bringing their traditional sounds to Norfolk.

ED FOSS

Two musicians – father and daughter – from the little-known Russian republic of Khakassia are bringing their traditional sounds to Norfolk.

The republic, in south-central Siberia, is hardly on the map as far as world music is concerned. But Sergei Charkov and Julia Charkova aim to change that on a trip to the UK.

Their short tour, which takes in Norwich and Cromer alongside the likes of Cardiff and Cambridge, will see them demonstrate their traditional string and wind instruments.


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Music academic Carole Pegg has arranged to bring them here after travelling to Khakassia herself.

"They were so fantastic I thought we should get them over to this country," she said.

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"The area they are from is not really represented in the UK's definition of world music."

The most unusual feature of the music is a technique called "overtone singing", said Miss Pegg.

An overtone is where one throat produces two sounds, a drone and a melody.

The duo form the band Khyrkhaas and they will play evening concerts at Norwich Arts Centre on April 26 and the Red Lion in Cromer the next day.

The Norwich event will include an afternoon workshop.

Khyrkhaas will play both traditional music and their own compositions.

For more information about the Norwich event, call 01603 660352. For the Cromer concert, call 01223 701995.

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