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3:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

UK Students Learn Fine Art Of Throat Singing

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Voice students at the University of Kentucky got a crash course  today on the ancient art of throat singing.

UK Voice Professor Cynthia Lawrence and throat singer Tamir from Inner Mongolia.
Credit Alan Lytle

The master class was part of UK’s weeklong arts and cultural exchange with Inner Mongolia.  Voice Professor Cynthia Lawrence says at one point she was asked to hold the singer’s head while he performed to see if she feel any difference in technique.

"There was a lot going on.  Tiny muscular motions and flexing.  Because that is all connected to the inside of the body and outside of the body.  There's very little we do on the outside that isn't represented on the inside," she told WUKY.

Students also got an opportunity to see if they could duplicate what they heard with varying results.

The Living Landscapes festival, a cultural exploration of the people, lands and livelihoods of Inner Mongolia and Kentucky concludes this weekend.