Yuliyana is a virtuoso in the art of the khomus, the national instrument of the Sakha Republic. It
functions much like a Jew’s harp, but differs in several respects. A conventional Jew’s harp is
limited in range, volume, and pitch. The khomus is loud and strikingly expansive in range.
Yuliyana’s skill allows her to play sounds across about three octaves. She was the winner of the
Ethnic Sound category in the Discovery International Music Pop Festival in Varna, Bulgaria.
Yuliyana has performed in Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, China, Thailand,
Holland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and
Turkmenistan. Her music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the
Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. The workshop
will cover exercises to improve stamina and introduce people to the different sounds possible on
the khomus. By the end of the lesson, students will know the techniques they need to create a
short composition for the khomus.
Footage of Yuliyana teaching at her school in Yakutia: https://youtu.be/so4vyQe2onk
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina 1:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday, July 22 (1 session)