In 1995, Paul Pena, a blind bluesman became the first American ever
to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic "throatsinging."
The Autonomous Republic of Tuva, wedged between Siberia and Mongolia,
for centuries has been isolated from the rest of the world by jagged
mountains and Soviet restrictions. Only recently has the Tuvan art
form of throatsinging become known to the outside world. Pena discovered
this artform while listening to a program on Radio Moscow fifteen
years ago. The idea of of multiple sounds emanating from a single
vocalist so fascinated Pena that he spent the next decade training
his own voice to produce similar overtones, overtones which would
become incorporated into his music.
In 1993, Pena discovered that the Tuvan throatsingers were on tour
in the United States. After the performance, Pena seranaded the Tuvans
with his own rendition of throatsinging. The throatsingers were amazed
with Pena's mastery over the Tuvan art form and insisted that he travel
to Tuva for the next tri-ennial throatsinging contest being held in
"Genghis Blues" is the story of Pena's relationship with this unique
art, the art of throatsinging. It is a film about exploration and
friendship. It is the story of a man whose struggle in life is not
defined by conformity and rules but by an unquenchable curiosity and
a love for music.
In 1989, Roko Belic enrolled at the University of California at Santa
Barbara where he majored in Studio Art. He studied Russian, Swahili
and Arabic languages. Roko took time off in the midst of his studies
to work and traverse the world. Although "Genghis Blues" is the first
of his professional efforts, he has made other films throughout his
Adrian Belic majored in Political Science at the University of Southern
California. Enrolling in 1988, Adrian took multiple film courses and
worked on student productions as well as voyaging the sea for 100
days. "Genghis Blues" is also Adrian's first feature film.
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