Gigs, dance, art

February 16th, 2010: Sainkho Namtchylak

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I’ve been uneasy about the exotic theme of this series from day one, but this time was worse. I mean I’ve heard amazing stuff from Sainkho Namtchylak, and to me that she comes from Tuva is a footnote, exactly the way Phil Minton’s being from Englang is a footnote. If anything, maybe Imre Peemot, though from Estonia, would have been a better choice to represent the traditional Tuva, in its museum-ready side. Sainkho Namtchylak is much more challenging, she brings Tuva as just another place belonging to the present.

Her medley of traditional styles in the beginning of the set was very nice, and there was a presence there that I wish would have carried over to the rest of the set. But overall it was a frustrating performance for me. I guess it was her mainstream side, but still. She did so many great things, and like many skilled vocalists of her generation, I think she thrives on a challenge. Her technical mastery was flawless — amazing diphonic overtones on understandable lyrics — but a bit freewheeling. That’s exactly what leaves me unsatisfied with most of Minton’s performances so far, so I guess I wish these two could clash and push themselves to greater heights.


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