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Singer of Jazz
A.k.a. Sainkho Namtchylak

Sainkho Namtchylak (1957, Tuva, Russia) is a singer. She was born in one of small villages, situated among numerous gold fiels, in the Republic of Tuva (South Siberia, Russia). Her ancestors were nomads, and her parents worked as school teachers. She studied at the musical college, but later was expelled as uncapable in the field. She continued her education in Moscow, where she moved in order to finish college. Namtchylak later graduated from Gnesinsky Institute in Moscow, majoring in Vocal. While studying at the institute, she mastered various vocal techniques of traditional throat vocal, and principles of the overtone music. Her professional career of a vocalist Namtchylak started as a folk singer in the Tuva State Folk Ensemble Sayani, being a member of which she went on tours about various countries in Europe, and also in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 1989 she started collaborating with Russian representatives of new jazz and experimental music. Her first concert tour in the new capacity took place in 1990, when Namtchylak besides performing in Ulrichsberg, participated in the festival of new music in Muenster. …This autumn European jazz magazines called her discovery of the festival season” with a lot of prasing… That was a success… The singer’s unique manner, combining ancient throat vocal techniques and the modern techniques of sound production, joining tradition and avant-garde, allows the listeners to plunge into the most up-to-date area of musical environment (N. Dmitriev, director of the Cultural Center Dom, Moscow). After the festival in Muenster Namtchylak repeatedly performed as a member of the Tri O(jointly with S. Letov, A. Kiritschenko, A. Alexandrov), and also with representatives of the European music – Peter Kowald, Butch Morris, W. Luedi, S. Murray, Ned Rottenberg, Evan Parker and others. She has produced 27 musical releases, both solo and group, at various recording studios, including such as: FMP (Germany), Leo Records (Great Britain), FIN Records (Japan) and others. Among her albums are the following ones: Lost Rivers (FMP, 1992), When the Sun is Out You Don’t See Stars (FMP, 1992), Letters (Leo Records, 1993), Out of Tuva (Gramworld, 1993), Live (Free Improvisation Network Record, 1993), Amulet (Leo Records, 1996), Mars Song (Victo, 1996), Time Out (AnySai Records, 1997), Naked Spirit (Animata Records, 1998), Aura (EniSai Records, 1999), Stepmother City (Ponderosa, 2000) and others. Namtchylak participated in numerous festivals of experimental music in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, France, Italy, USA, Japan and many others, and also in Russia, performing jointly with such musicians as M. Zhukov, V. Rezitsky, the groups Tri O, Arkhangelsk and Moscow Composers Orchestra, with which she recorded 4 CDs: Life At City Garden (U-Sound, 1995), An Italian Love Affair (Leo Lab Records, 1996), Let Poremsky Dream (Leo Lab Records, 1997), The Gift (Long Arms Records, 1997). Sainkho Namtchylak lives and works in Vienna (Austria) and Moscow (Russia).

  • Vocals
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Folk
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Naked Spirit on Babylon Bar - Emotional & Sensual World Grooves by Gülbahar Kültür
Midnight Blue on Naked Spirit by Sainkho
Inuit Wedding on Naked Spirit by Sainkho
From Me to You on Naked Spirit by Sainkho
Badjirgal's Wish on Naked Spirit by Sainkho
Tanola Nomads on Out of Tuva by Sainkho
Nostalgy Tyva on Go to Tuva by Sainkho & Garlo
Place I an Born on Go to Tuva by Sainkho & Garlo
Moon Trance on Naked Spirit by Sainkho
Long Way Home on Naked Spirit by Sainkho

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Like A Bird Or Spirit, Not A FaceSainkho2015Album
Go to TuvaSainkho & Garlo2013Album
Not Quite SongsSainkho / Nick Soudnick2010Album
TerraSainkho With Wolfgang Puschnig And Paul Urbanek2010Album
Tea OperaSainkho / Dickson Dee2009Album
Sainkho NamtchylakSainkho2008Single
Mother-Earth! Father-Sky!Huun-Huur-Tu Feat. Sainkho2008Album
Portrait Of An IdealistMoscow Composers Orchestra Featuring Sainkho2008Album
In TranceSainkho / Jarrod Cagwin2007Album
Tuva - Irish Live Music ProjectSainkho / Roy Carroll2007Album
Forgotten Streets Of St. PetersburgTri-O & Sainkho2005Album
Аржаана. Музыкальная CказкаSainkho2005Album
Who Stole The Sky?Sainkho2004Album
Naked SpiritSainkho2002Album
Golden Years Of The Soviet New Jazz Volume IIIHomo Liber, The Vladimir Chekasin Big-Band, Sainkho, Tri-O, Vladislav Makarov, Андрей Соловьев & Игорь Григорьев2002Album
Stepmother City RemixesSainkho2001Single
Time OutSainkho2001Album
TemenosSainkho, Shelley Hirsch, Catherine Bott2000Album
Stepmother CitySainkho2000Album
Naked SpiritSainkho With Special Guest Djivan Gasparyan1998Album
Let Peremsky DreamMoscow Composers Orchestra Featuring Sainkho1997Album
The GiftSainkho & Moscow Composers Orchestra1997Album
Una Voce Da TuvaSainkho1996Album
Mars SongEvan Parker, Sainkho1996Album
AmuletSainkho / Ned Rothenberg1996Album
An Italian Love AffairMoscow Composers Orchestra With Sainkho1996Album
Life At City GardenMoscow Composers Orchestra & Sainkho1995Album
Out Of TuvaSainkho1993Album
LiveKang Tae Hwan & Sainkho1993Album
When The Sun Is Out You Don't See StarsPeter Kowald · Werner Lüdi · Butch Morris · Sainkho1992Album
Lost RiversSainkho1991Album
Big Love / Themes Of Tuvan Folk (Ethnic) Music In Jazz Versions (Variations)Robert Plant / Sainkho1991Album
Tunguska-Guska (Eine Meteoriten-Oper)Sainkho / Grace Yoon / Iris DisseAlbum
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