Film, Video Alash Ensemble Oral History

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Alash Ensemble Oral History
Members of the Alash Ensemble discuss their lives and careers.
Event Date
March 27, 2019
-  The Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage. All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. Bady-Dorzhu Ondar performs vocals and plays igil and guitar. Ayan-ool Sam performs vocals and plays doshpuluur, igil and guitar. Ayan Shirizhik performs vocals and plays kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu and xomus. Sean Quirk is the interpreter and manager of the group. The ensemble is named for the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva.
Running Time
37 minutes, 48 seconds
Online Format
online text

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