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.
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 US.
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.
For more on Alash, please see their website at www.alashensemble.com and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alashensemble.
Sponsored by the UT Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Asian Studies. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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