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Friends of Tuva (FoT) was conceived by accident in 1981 to commemorate Tuva's 60th anniversary as a distinctive splotch on the world globe. Because FoT is a brainchild of Ralph Leighton, it is impossible that it could even resemble an organization.  Rather, it has been a clearinghouse of information about Tuva and its "patron saint," Richard Feynman, who collected Tuvan stamps as a boy and as an adult wondered,

"Whatever happened
to
Tannu Tuva?
"

FoT is unfunded and so has no affiliation with any government or religious institution. As there are no dues, meetings, or even a membership list, those who would like to consider themselves as Friends of Tuva should simply spread the word about this magical country, and celebrate Richard Feynman's spirit of adventure.

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June 18, 2014: On the night before his return to Tuva after riding in the Rose Parade in 2013, Kongar-ol Ondar recorded some tracks impromptu for Dirtwire artists Evan Fraser and David Satori, who are big Ondar / Tuva fans.

The result can be heard -- free -- at http://www.dirtwire.net/music/ondar-ep/

There is a free download on their site (for the moment), and if you're so inclined, you can buy the EP for $5 at BandCamp, a great site that supports artists well. (A portion of the proceeds will go to Ondar's legacy in Tuva.)

You can find more of Ondar's music, along with recordings of the godfather of the Tuva adventure, Richard Feynman, at  http://kongar-olondar.bandcamp.com

The remixes of Dirtwire might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like them a lot -- and I know Ondar was always keen to expand the horizons of his artistry and the reach of Tuvan music (witness Genghis Blues and Back TUVA Future), so I'm sure he would have enjoyed this EP.

What a tragedy that Ondar left us so soon -- he had so much energy, it seems his body couldn't hold it!

Tuvanly yours,

RL

May, 2013:  The Feynman Tapes, Volumes 0, 1, and 2 -- as well as Safecracker Suite, and Tuva Talk are all available again!    These original recordings of Feynman telling some of his classic tales have been unavailable for some time now but can be heard once again.  Also available is the 1996 album Echoes of Tuva by Kongar-ol ondarSee kongar-olondar.bandcamp.com for the details.
 

 


 

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
for Nature cannot be fooled.
                                               --- Richard P. Feynman

 

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This page last updated Wednesday June 18, 2014.