College of Liberal Arts

Concert: Alash Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble

Friday Apr 25, 2014 7:00 PM | Scottish Rite Theater (207 W 18th St Austin, TX 78701)

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We are pleased to announce that renowned Tuvan throat singing ensemble Alash will be joining us for a concert this Spring!

The concert will be FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the Scottish Rite Theater, located at 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701 (directions to the theater and parking information can be found at http://scottishritetheater.org/about/parking).

Alash performs traditional music from the Republic of Tuva, located in southern Siberia bordering Mongolia, using throat singing and Tuvan folk instruments, all subtly infused with Western influences. Its members formed their first group, Changy-Xaya, as students at the Kyzyl Arts College in Kyzyl, the capital city of the Republic of Tuva, and first toured in the United States in 2006. The group's members include Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (vocals, igil, doshpuluur, and guitar), Ayan-ool Sam (vocals, igil, doshpuluur, and guitar), and Ayan Shirizhik (vocals, kengirge, shynggyrash, shoor, murgu, and xomus).

The trio of master throat singers has toured the US annually since 2006, playing with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones (who were on tour to promote their CD "Jingle All the Way," which features Alash on several tracks), at SXSW, at UT several times, and on air at public radio stations across the U.S. (A more complete list can be seen on their website: http://www.alashensemble.com/media.htm#News)

Under their first artistic director, the late master throat singer Kongar-ool Ondar (who was prominently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary "Genghis Blues," and who played on David Letterman), the group began to forge a new musical identity - introducing guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments.

Alash and its members have been the recipients of numerous awards, including first prize in Tuva's International Xöömei Symposium competition (2004), People's Xöömeizhi of the Republic of Tuva (Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, 2007), and Merited Artist of Tuva (Ayan Shirizhik, 2009). More information on Alash can be found at their website and on their Facebook page. Slav Talk Radio podcasts featuring Alash can be found here.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This concert is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Asian Studies.
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