Imagine a voice singing two notes together, sounding like a bagpipe, a didgeridoo and a leaf blower all at once, and you'll get a rough idea of what Tuvan throat singing sounds like. And it's that sound--and an X-ray of the throat producing it--that begins this wonderful documentary, which follows a blind American bluesman as he travels to the remote land of Tuva to compete in a singing contest.
Paul Pena, a musician who's played with T-Bone Walker and Bonnie Raitt and who wrote Steve Miller's hit "Jet Airliner," heard this unusual music once on a shortwave radio and spent years teaching himself to sing it. Proving he's not alone in his love for this obscure land's music, the documentary is full of colorful characters, from Richard Feynman and B.B. King to the Tuvans themselves, and is a touching portrait of the power of music.