Psychedelic Ethno-Rock from Tuva
HARTYGA was formed in 2003 in Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva. In 2002 Salchak Orlan, Ondar Angyr-ool, Sergek Sandyk, Nachyn Choreve, Naiys Dulush (the present members of the band) enrolled in the Chyrgal-Ool Art College in Kyzyl. In the evenings and after their more traditional lessons, they gathered "under the stairs" and played in a style of their own (from the very beginning they fused rock and jazz with Tuvan folk songs).
The group made their debut performance on May 9, 2003, in a dorm basement of the Tuva State University, and after this event,the group changed its name to "IOM". The leader of the group and an initiator of its inception was guitarist and vocalist Salchak Orlan.
In 2004, the group attended the Tuvan music festival Ustuu-Huree. This was a pivotal moment for them because the headliner for that year was the legendary Arkestra of the late jazz great Sun Ra. This was the first time the group was exposed to true American Jazz.
"It was such a discovery for us! After that, everything changed," said drummer Naiys Dulush.
The modern jazz collective's performance was an influence on the entire modern music scene in Tuva, including the group "IOM". After the festival, the group's music increasingly leaned to jazz-rock and funk, with a fusion of traditional Tuvan songs.
In 2008, the group, now called HARTYGA (which in Tuvan means Falcon), made their debut at Ustuu-Khuree. The group uses traditional Tuvan instruments and throat singing, combining it with the rhythms and instruments of jazz and rock. Their fusion of Western modernity and ancient nomadic culture pushes the boundaries of the contemporary sound of Tuva.
“Sometimes psychedelic, sometimes jazzy, sometimes the essence of rock’n’roll the quintet are a band that needs to be on every playlist anywhere in the world even if only to pull out when you fancy a whisky to rasp a sore throat.”–Tim Whale, Emerging Indie Bands
“It's fresh and solid talent; powerful sound rich in frequencies and soaked in overtones.”–Yuri Lnogradsky, Jazz.ru
“HARTYGA's sounds are so attractive because of their desire to create something unique, special. They do not aspire to adapt their music to masses. They just play root songs like they hear, and there is magic happens. They make sincere phonation. HARTYGA force you to think about the roots of the jazz-fusion, psychedelic and hard rock. And the single thought that appears in your mind if there is a possibility that these genres grew from Tuvan folk?”–DA Vision