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Who Stole the Sky
     

Who Stole the Sky

by Sainkho Namtchylak
 
It's easy to understand why Tuvan Sainkho Namtchylak has been an avant-garde icon for a long time; she's remarkable at producing the unexpected. But unlike many in her field, she also possesses a strong ear for melody, which makes her music accessible to a much wider audience. Both those strengths are on display here, along with her feeling for the music and the

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It's easy to understand why Tuvan Sainkho Namtchylak has been an avant-garde icon for a long time; she's remarkable at producing the unexpected. But unlike many in her field, she also possesses a strong ear for melody, which makes her music accessible to a much wider audience. Both those strengths are on display here, along with her feeling for the music and the throat singing of her native land (very notably on the title cut and "Ohm Suhaa"). She can take a traditional piece like "Kaar Deerge" and turn it into something resembling a Celtic ballad, stripped and completely gorgeous. Then she can turn around and make something rhythmically compelling like "Runnin' Tapes" or strange like "Digital Mutation." By exercising the different facets of her personality, Namtchylak builds her typical unusual album with Who Stole the Sky, running from the contemporary to the past easily and naturally, and even venturing into almost jazzy territory on "Electric City." She embraces the idea of taking chances, of using odd juxtapositions and instruments (such as ghaita), and of singing that ranges from the lush to the elemental. This is as much, if not more, of a musical future as all the genre-mixing beats you're likely to find.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Ponderosa Italy
UPC:
8030482000153
catalogNumber:
16
Rank:
265234

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sainkho Namtchylak   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Voices
Tony Bowers   Bass,Flute,Voices,Ghaita,uillean pipes,Bendir
Lansine Kouyate   Kora
Stefano Bollani   Piano
Vittorio Cosma   Piano,Keyboards
Giancarlo Parisi   Alto Saxophone
Maurizio Belli   Percussion,Ghaita,Tibetan Horn

Technical Credits

Tony Bowers   Arranger,Programming
Vittorio Cosma   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Sainkho Namtchylak   Composer,Re-arranged
Lorenzo "Moka" Tommasini   Programming,Sound Effects

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