Radik Tyulyush and the project “Chalama”. Chalama means coloured ribbons tied to the branches of the sacred trees and at the sacred places (ovaa) in Tuva. Chalama for the Tuvinians is a prayer, respect to the nature and the ancestors. Music of the Tuvinian people is one of the nomads – the people who closely connected and are in contact with the nature and wildlife. Therefore you can listen to special sounding – imitation of ambient sounds, which are converted into a song. When you listen to Radik’s singing – you can hear the nature, something very natural, consonant with the soul and at the same time harmonizing the inner state, as if it were a mantra. The music of the project is an atmosphere, which can be felt enough only at a live concert, when everybody and everything is “here and now”, when the live music is borning. Sincerity and perfect singing and playing the Tuvinian musical instruments sounds like water in a mountain spring, and everyone is impressed with the performance. Despite the fact that this music is very unusual for the perception of it is fascinating with not only the technique and sounding, but also a special flavor, because in this music you can also hear echoes of the ritual, shamanic singing, but the songs have no religious background. As Radik says, who briefly retells the meaning of each song before the singing, these songs are about love, about the beauty of a girl, about nature, about the styles of throat singing and impetuous running of a horse … Radik Tyulyush sings traditional Tuvinian songs and his own songs, designed to reveal the musical heritage of the Tuvinian people. Despite the presence of modern musical “components”, this music is really popular, almost like in its original form, but not rigid framework. It is free, it is on the brink, keeping the traditions and showing some new sounding like any phenomenon that is constantly evolving with the passage of time, becoming deep and wise. The other participants of “Chalama” project are Sergey Kalachev known as Grebstel (he plays a bass-guitar) and Gennady Lavrentyev (he plays tabla-Tarang and violin). The permanent members of the project create joint truly amazing and fascinating fabric of eternal music. Text: Anna Rzhevina
Believe it or not, the camel was once the most magnificent of all the animals! It’s true! He had beautiful big horns with golden tips, and a long thick, bushy tail.
Day after day the camel used to stand beside the river, admiring his reflection in the water.
One day while he was standing there, down from the hills came the Siberian stag. ” Ekii, Teve!” said the stag. This is the way to say, “Hi camel!” in Tuvan. ” My brother,” he went on, ” you have the most magnificent horns I have ever seen. Won’t you loan them to me? I’m going to a party and I’d like to get dressed up.” ” My horns? ” said the camel. ” I’d hate to give away my horns.” ” Dont worry,” said the stag, ” I’ll bring them right back tomorrow.” ” Tomorrow? All right,” said the camel, ” But make sure that you do.” And so Teve the camel took off his magnificent horns and loaned them to stag. The stag ran off into the mountains.
Teve stood beside the river, admiring what was left of his reflection. Pretty soon along came the horse. “Ekii,Teve!” said the horse. ” My brother, you have the most beautiful tail I have ever seen. Won’t you loan it to me? I’m on my way to a horse-race, and I’m sure I’d win if ı had your tail.” “Chock!” said the camel. That is the Tuvan way to say, ” No!” ” I already loaned out my horns and I just can’t load my tail too.” ” Don’t worry, brother. I will bring it right back after the race is over.” ” You’re sure?” said Teve. “All right, but make sure you bring it right back.” He took off his long, thick, bushy tail and gave it to the horse. The horse galloped away across the steppe.
The camel stood there beside the river, peering off into the distance, looking for his friends. He waited all day. He waited the next day, and the day after that. Neither the stag nor the horse ever came back. The stag stayed far away in the mountains and forests. As for the horse, whenever he meets a camel, he shies away.
And from that day to this, the camel has remained the angriest of all the animals!
KYZYL 2010,TUVAN LEGENDS AND TALES, Konstantin Khlynov