- Title: Shamans with saxophones: Siberian mounted band readies for Red Square gig
- Date: 23rd August 2019
- Summary: MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA (AUGUST 22, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOUNTED ORCHESTRA PERFORMING MUSIC, RIDING HORSES, CARRYING RUSSIAN FLAG
- 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: LVA001ATFWZTL
- 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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