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7pm Thursday June 23, 2022 – Free 免費入場
Annex Theatre, Vancouver 
Throat Singing Workshop 「加拿大原住民喉音演唱」與「蒙古呼麥唱法」工作坊 

The throat singers will be featured at Katajjaq meets Khoomei concert at 8pm on June 24 at the Annex.


因紐特katajjaq 和蒙古呼麥khoomei都是古老的喉音歌唱技巧,以人聲模仿自然界的聲音,例如流水、風聲、山間迴響、鳥語蟲鳴……而這些也是亞洲傳統音樂中常用的主題。傳統因紐特katajjaq是族中女子的遊戲,通常是母女或姐妹兩人,面對面以雙手搭在彼此的肩膀上進行,透過對呼吸的調節發出短促的喉音,一個人在前半拍上,另一個人在後半拍上,一唱一和形成規律的節奏。蒙古的呼麥傳統上則是由男子演唱,在粗獷的低音根音的基礎上,演唱類似哨音的高音旋律,因此同時間能演唱不只一個音高。 

Workshop on two distinct styles of throat singing, featuring katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) singers Lydia Etok & Caroline Novalinga (Montreal) and khoomii (Mongolian throat singing) singer Anand Avirmed (Mongolia/US), who is also an accomplished morin khuur (Mongolian horsehead fiddle) player. Together the musicians will demonstrate the two vocal styles and discuss the historical/social context of their practices. Participants will be invited to experiment with Mongolian throat singing and overtone singing techniques.

Katajjaq and khoomei are ancestral throat singing techniques that reproduce sounds heard in nature –  water flowing, the wind blowing, echoes in mountains, the calls of birds. Traditionally, Inuit throat singing was exclusively performed by women, while Khoomei was performed by men. Katajjaq is a game practiced by two women facing each other holding their shoulders. The game ends when one of them is out of breath or laughs. Khoomei was primarily used in shamanic ceremonies, and today also used at festive events. They are both fascinating vocal skills of long traditions. This is the first time they are presented together in Vancouver.

Lydia Etok – Chant de gorge inuit & co-directrice artistique d’Oktoécho pour le volet autochtone
Originally from Kangiqsualujjuaq in Nunavik, Lydia Etok remained close to her nation by being daily involved in the Makivik Society, which allows her to dedicate her time to developing cultural sensitivity and fostering understanding between people from the north and people from the south, with an approach based on skills development. In the field of creation, she actively participates in numerous projects which allow her to both share and marie her traditions and her culture, through throat singing and traditional tales. Curious by nature, she also gained experience in making traditional and contemporary costumes. She wishes to instill in this multimedia and interactive project her sensitivity, her values, her experience and her commitment to exchanges between different cultures. In collaboration with the Indigenous organizations Feux Sacrés and Avataq, she also participates in the validation of all stages of creation to ensure that her nation is well represented.

Caroline Novalinga – Inuit throat singing (Chant de gorge inuit) 
Caroline, also known as Kayuula is an Inuk who grew up in Puvirnituq, a village in Northern Quebec. In her teenage years, she began to learn throat singing from elders of her community. It is a particular art among the Inuit, which consists in imitating the sounds of nature and animals, competition and lullaby. Caroline moved to Montreal for studies and stayed afterwards. She has traveled throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario to perform as a throat singer. She released her throat singing album with her daughter Shina Novalinga in July 2021. She has appeared on CBC Radio, Global News, Enroute Air Canada magazine and 24 heures. For Caroline, perpetuating the tradition of throat singing is essential.

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Anand Avirmed – khoomei & morin khuur
(Mongolian throat singing & horsehead fiddle) 蒙古呼麥 & 馬頭琴
Anand Avirmed is a 21 year old Mongolian musician who was born in Washington DC. Since his youth, Anand has been performing Mongolian traditional folk music at numerous cultural events, be it Mongolian or International. As he grew up in age, so did his desire for a broader musical knowledge and understanding of all Mongolic cultures, from the Kalmyks in the West, to the Yakut’s in the North, and all in between, strengthening his knowledge, and understanding of his grand heritage and all cousin folk. Anand is skilled in five different forms of throat singing (Khoomei). In addition, he performs on a wide range of musical instruments from Mongolia, Central Asia, and the west, including morin khuur, tovshuur, doshpoluur, igil, guitar, jaw harp, piano, and bass guitar. Through a wide itinerary of performing exotic folk music, to underground garage Indie rock, Anand in his young and coming career has seen more than his fair share in performing a vast variety of music. Previous performances included his own solo concerts in the Washington DC area, numerous cultural events, and with the Anura music ensemble under his Morin Khuur teacher Urlagbaatariin Khatanbold for the past 8 years. Anand looks forward to the coming years of travel and music, and constantly learning all he can from other musicians around him!