SORIAH: Champion Tuvan Throat Singer at #SXSW


Soriah is the stage persona of Enrique Ugalde, a performance artist andinstrumentalist who has trained for decades in the art of Tuvan throat singing.

Birthed in one of the most historically isolated locations on the planet, Tuvan throat singing is a musical sound like no other. Mysterious, primordial and awash in a deeply visceral drone, it invokes the full range of the natural world – from steadfast mountain roots to the whistle of birds in flight.

Soriah’s music synthesizes traditional Tuvan throat singing, pre-Columbian Mexica sounds, classical Indian raga and various Western styles – a stunning musicality spanning continents. He plays traditional Tuvan instruments, incorporates Japanese Butoh and infuses his performances with costumes and rituals from around the world. Soriah’s lyrics are often written in Nahuatl (Aztec) or Tuvan and showcase his themes of mindfulness and exaltation in the infinite essence each sound holds.

Soriah’s vocalized ritual soundscapes, whether entirely traditional or a contemporary fusion of notes, instruments, movement and meditation, convey a sense of reverence throughout each performance.

Soriah will be performing at The Hideout Theatre in Austin on Saturday night at midnight (12:00–12:40AM).


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