Robert McLaughlin, Throat Singer
Event: 10 Year Gala, Decade of Opera Favorites
Robert McLaughlin is a young American musician who has been studying Tuvan music for almost a decade. Robert sings many of the styles of Tuvan vocal music. He plays Tuvan instruments such as the two-stringed Igil fiddle, three-stringed Doshpuluur lute, four-stringed bowed Byzaanchy, Khomus jaw harp, Shoor flute, and Murgu overtone flute. Robert has performed in Tuva at the National Theater in Kyzyl. He took part in the "Dembildei" competition in 2017 and won third place among ninety-one contestants. Robert also Performed with the bluegrass/Tuvan music fusion group The Lost Americans and won Audience Favorite. In 2018, Robert performed in the Khoomei Symposium "Khoomei, the Cultural Phenomenon of the Peoples of Central Asia" and won first diploma in the traditional solo category. Robert has performed at many venues such as the L2 Think Tank at the Morgan Library in New York City, and on the Nickelodeon game show Figure it Out. He has also shared the stage with the Tuvan folk ensemble Alash.