"pasibutbut‧bunun" - Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus

Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus
  • artist:Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus
  • region:Indo-Pacific
  • release year:2010
  • style(s):Indigenous
  • country:Taiwan
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc), DVD Video (Digital Versatile Disc)
  • record posted by:Wild Fire Music of Taiwan
  • label:Wild Fire Music of Taiwan
  • publisher:Thirty-Seven Degrees Productions
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Wulu is home to the most traditional styles of Bunun singing. ‘Pasibutbut’, the Bunun people’s sacred song, with it’s unique eight-part harmony. Said to be inspired by the sounds of humming bees, a rushing waterfall, and the sounds made when crossing through a pine or bamboo forest, ‘Pasibutbut’ has also been called the ‘sound of nature’. Wulu.
------------World Music Central, USA

The resulting symbiosis seems at first merely a warm bath of sound, but closer listening reveals it to be a mine of harmonic complexity. The turning circle and the ever-rising pitch became a veritable tower of music: where would it end? It ended with the breaking of the circle.
------------The Independent, UK

The Wulu Bunun is a small ethnic group that lives in the southeastern portion of Taiwan's Central Mountain Range. They have a unique harmonic style of singing that often uses up to eight different parts. At first blush, the harmonies have the astringent quality of Sacred Harp Singing. The songs are nearly all functional, whether used for hunting, harvesting, praying, or just boasting of one's prowess.
------------Rootsworld, USA

*Golden Melody Awards "Best Indigenous Album", 2010