I need an ebook cover for a biography of Tuvan throat singer
Kongar-ool Ondar. Tuva is a small republic within the Russian
Federation, on the border of Western Mongolia. The Tuvan people are
traditionally a nomadic people, and their pastoral heritage is still
major part of the culture. The country is best known for an art form
called 'throat singing,' where the singer produces multiple notes at
once, and different styles of throat singing imitate different sounds
heard in nature. Kongar-ool is one of the most recognizable faces of
the art in the US, known especially for the film Genghis Blues. At
home in Tuva, he was known for his teaching, and he mentored many of
the best throat singers. The book is a collection of stories from his
life. The author is a Tuvan ethnomusicologist who worked closely with
the singer throughout his life. The book will initially be an ebook,
but eventually will be produced in print. This cover is for the
The word 'khoomei' is a Tuvan word for the art of throat singing. A
'khoomeiji' is someone who practices khoomei.
I am including several pictures that might be good for the cover.
One picture shows Kongar-ool on the sand dunes near his hometown.
Another shows the singer with his horse. Horses are a big part of
Tuvan nomad culture.
The third picture is Kongar-ool surrounded by some of his youngest
students. Many of his students have gone on to perform with Tuva's
The last is a picture of a Tuvan landscape.
Excerpt from the preface: Kongar-ool Borisovich Ondar had many roles:
a People’s Khoomeiji of Tuva, a Distinguished Artist of Russia, and
an exceptional athlete. He served as a representative to the Second
Great Khural of the Republic of Tuva, received a Medal of Valor, and
was recognized in the book Distinguished Tuvans of the 20th Century.
His contributions to Tuvan culture and art earned him the
highest state prize. His work has been recognized internationally,
receiving both the prestigious Grammy award and an Oscar nomination.
He was a prominent member of the older generation of Tuvan khoomeiji.
His life was tumultuous and controversial, full of remarkable
For over 20 years, I have had the privilege of judging various shows,
competitions, and festivals around Tuva. I’ve witnessed a
surge of musical talent, especially among the younger generations of
khoomei singers. My position allowed me to see the development of
Tuva’s larger music scene, as well as the growth of individual
artists. I’ve worked with many of them in different settings: in
their rehearsals, during our one-on-one fieldwork, and in
collaborations with incredible international artists.
My meetings with Kongar-ool always stood out because of his
contagious smile and lighthearted, uplifting energy. He possessed a
keen artistic sense for the audience, and the ability to move his
listeners. Even his first concerts in the 1980’s were always
followed by thunderous applause, and faces in the audience glowed
a childlike wonder. I was always astounded by his ability to be
everywhere at once – he performed solo concerts, but could also be
found accompanying khuresh wrestling contests. He was often the
commentator for horse races, and he personally organized and
many charity marathons.
Title: Singing My Life
Subtitle: "The story of Kongar-ool Ondar, Legendary throat singer
Author: Valentina Süzükei
Translated by Aksai Bapa
SIZE: 2820px x 4500px
It's important that Kongar-ool's name is visible on the cover because
it is recognizable among the followers of Tuvan throat singing.