Portland’s Soriah is currently touring the West Coast, playing shows at various odd venues and also holding a few very exclusive workshops. I managed to catch Soriah this past week in Seattle as part of a Dia de los Muertos ceremony, and his performance was certainly one of the most amazing and mind-altering that I’ve experienced, so needless to say this tour is highly recommended. If you’re at all interested in throat singing and similar vocal techniques, you should definitely inquire about the workshops as well, since you’ll have the chance to learn from one of the art’s masters.
For those who aren’t familiar with him, Soriah is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose music and performances draw influence from many different global musical traditions such as raga, shamanism, butoh, and especially Tuvan throat singing. Soriah has established himself as one of the world’s masters of this style of singing, having received several international awards including “Best Foreigner” in the 2008 Ustuu-Khooree World Music Festival in Tuva. Soriah combines these various influences into a musical experience that is deeply moving and spiritual, while demonstrating his unparalleled vocal abilities. Nothing else out there comes close to sounding like this.
SF Workshop Info:
An Introduction to Khoomei
The Ancient Art of Tuvan Throat Singing with Enrique Ugalde
Friday, November 5th from 2pm - 5pm
at 1543 Mission Street, 3rd Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94103
This workshop will offer:
An introduction to Tuvan Culture.
Instruction in the three main Tuvan throat singing styles Khoomei,
Sygyt and Kargyraa, their history and application to traditional folk songs.
Unconventional but effective ways to utilize and activate your instrument properly.
3 hours of group and one on one instruction
$60 sliding scale donation for 3 hours of instruction. Limit of 13 people.
To register, contact oshan anand: email@example.com
Remaining Tour Dates:
Friday November 5th
San Francisco, CA
OHM SHAN TEA
Saturday November 6th
SHADOW DANCE FESTIVAL
Tuesday November 9th
Wednesday November 10th
Thursday November 11th
Solar Culture Gallery
Friday November 12th
Tin Can Alehouse
Saturday November 13th
Head over to Soriah.net for more details.