2010 and 2011 have been a very interesting time for Tyva Kyzy. In April 2010 an Australian ethnomusicologist, Elisabeth Gordon, arrived to conduct research on the phenomenon of Female Throat-Singing in Tuva. She is the first scientist to conduct major research into this particular theme, and we were very happy to welcome her into our little family! She has been learning all about Tuvan women in the past and present who performed khoomei, and after she has finished her PhD dissertation she plans to return to Tuva and continue further research. Choduraa Tumat and Elisabeth have been collecting information by way of questionnaires from the Tuvan public – regarding their beliefs and opinions about the taboos surrounding female throat-singing. Initial results of these questionnaires have been that the majority of people don’t believe the taboos are true, and there are many fans of female throat-singing in Tuva.
In 2010 Tyva Kyzy produced their own DVD – “No Comment. Tyva Kyzy in the World”. This is an excellent new idea in Tuvan music records. This DVD showcases several of Tyva Kyzy’s live performances and travels around the world from 2000-2009.
In 2010 the music of Tyva Kyzy was included in a documentary film produced by National Geographic France.
In 2011 Tyva Kyzy performed in several fund-raising concerts with Sainkho Namtchylak to raise money for the Buddhist Monastery in Kyzyl, to help build a 15-metre statue of Buddha on top of the mountain Döge, overlooking Kyzyl. After these concerts Sainkho and Tyva Kyzy toured out into the western regions of Tuva.
At the end of May 2011, Choduraa Tumat travelled to South Korea to participate in cultural exchange program between the State Pedagogical University of Krasnoyarsk and Chungshu National University, South Korea. It was a good promotion of female throat-singing and Tyva Kyzy in South Korea.
During autumn, 2011, Tyva Kyzy was visited by a correspondent from ‘Reuters’, the international news company. Many of these photographs are now available online.
Russia Today, the only English-language Russian news channel from Moscow, also came down to Tuva, and met with Tyva Kyzy. This documentary will not be completed until 2012, but we are very excited to see how it will look!
We met with reporters from the main Russian Television News Channel. Intervew with Elisabeth Gordon and musicians of Tyva Kyzy have shown on news of the central Russian Nelevision at 28.10.11 at 16.00 p.m.