Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond

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9780253347152: Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond

Theodore Levin takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo, the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals, and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. As performers from Tuva and other parts of inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Levin follows them to the West, detailing their efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of their music traditions. A DVD/CD video/music disk is included.

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Winner, 2007 ASCAP Deems Taylor Bela Bartok Award for Ethnomusicology

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Where Rivers and Mountains Sing is the account of a journey through the rich sonic world of Inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo, the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals, and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. Colllaborating with Tuvan ethnographer and folklorist Valentina Süzükei, Theodore Levin explores the spectacular "throat-singing" of Tuvan and Mongolian herders, the spirit-summoning seances of shamans and dream-inspired rhapsodies of oral epic reciters, and the affecting virtuosity of fiddle and lute players whose instruments narrate stories and legends without words. Like the Australian Aboriginals and their much-celebrated "songlines," Inner Asian pastoralists traditionally evoked detailed images of landscape through singing, and sound and music form part of a spiritual relationship with the natural environment that has endured in the face of formidable social and political challenges. As performers from Tuva and other parts of Inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Theodore Levin follows them to the West, and describes their soul-searching efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of music rooted in an authentic tradition. The book is accompanied by a DVD and CD that illustrate the music and musicians discussed in the text.

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