- Title: Shamans with saxophones: Siberian mounted band readies for Red Square gig
- Date: 23rd August 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DIRECTOR OF TUVA REGION'S MOUNTED ORCHESTRA, ARTUR DULUSH, SAYING: "Yes, there are difficulties (performing on horseback). The instruments are different. They (horses) are pretty good with small instruments. And the big ones, especially the drums, are hard for them to bear, because they are very sensitive creatures. They feel the vibration and so to speak - not every horse can march to the drums, you understand. The tuba is also a difficult one. They feel bass instruments. This (instrument) is big, shiny. They react differently."
- Embargoed: 6th September 2019 18:20
- Keywords: Russia Tuva throat singing marching band mounted orchestra shaman
- Location: MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA004ATFWZTL
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Moscavites will get to experience mix of tradition and modernity, with a mounted orchestra from the Siberian region of Tuva practising on Thursday (August 22) and preparing to make their way to the Red Square.
The 11-year-old Brass Orchestra of the Government of Tuva will make its first appearance at the Spasskaya Tower military bands' festival, showing a mix of contemporary music with ethnic tunes and re-enactment of religious rituals, dressed in traditional ritual masks and playing instruments.
"It is based on buddhist traditions, this is a theatrical performance in papier-mÃ¢chÃ© masks. (We represent) gods, demi-gods. This (performance) is a blessing. We come to festivals and give (people) a blessing," says Artur Dulush, the orchestra's director.
Tuva republic, a region in southern Siberia is a place where buddhism coexists with heathen rites and shamanism, the region is famous for throat singers, wrestlers and master-riders.
For this reason the hardest part of the performance surprisingly turns out the easiest for Tuvan performers.
"You also need to know how to ride a horse, how to treat it, - says Nayis Dulush, the orchestra's drummer. As they say - we are (the Tuva) people, who are born on a horse."
The orchestra is expected to play at the Soviet Industry expo (VDNKh) on Saturday (August 24), and at Spasskaya Tower festival on August 26, 27 and 28.
(Production: Anton Derbenev, Mikhail Antonov)
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