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robw on 01/19/2011 at 03:00PM

Siberian Double Header: Huun Huur Tu & Sibirskaya Vechora

Sibirskaya Vechora photo via CEC Arts Link
Huun Huur Tu photo live at Rainforest World Music Festival 2007, Sarawak, Malaysia, Photographer: Damian Rafferty CC by-nc-sa via flickr

This winter has felt a bit like Siberia in WFMU's hometown of Jersey City, so it's the perfect time for what may be a New Jersey radio first: a twin bill of live sets by bands from Siberia, live on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg this Saturday, January 22nd from 6-9PM.

Kicking things off is the first and still greatest traditional band from Tuva in southern Siberia, Huun Huur Tu. The tireless overtone-singing spike-fiddle-wielding marvels serenade us in-studio midway through a winter North American tour that includes a gig at Joe's Pub in NY on Saturday January 29.

Later in the show, Sibirskaya Vechora, an award-winning ensemble from the Krasnoyarsk region of central Siberia, steps up to the mics. The group, dedicated to researching and preserving regional traditions, performs traditional songs from Siberia and other parts of Russia.

In 2008, Sibirskaya Vechora carried out a cultural heritage research project titled 'Young Voices for Ancient Songs.' One of its results was the CD "Muziki, Viryazukhi Moi", which contains 13 songs recorded during ethnographic expeditions and performed by Sibirskaya Vechora. The album is available form the Free Music Archive, courtesy of Sibirskaya Vechora and CEC Arts Link.

Huun Huur Tu and Sibirskaya Vechora perform live on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg this Saturday, January 22nd from 6-9PM, on WFMU 91.1 FM in the New York Metropolitan area and 90.1 in New York's Hudson Valley.

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