College of Liberal Arts

Explore UT Concert: Alash Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble

Saturday Mar 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM | UT Campus, Mezes Hall (MEZ) Auditorium, 1.306

Join CREEES at Explore UT for an encore performance of remarkable music by ALASH, the internationally-renowned Tuvan throat singing ensemble!

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location:  UT campus, Mezes (MEZ) Hall auditorium, 1.306

Free parking in the following UT garages:

Entering the campus from the north on Dean Keeton Street will provide the easiest access to free parking garages. See the Explore UT map for locations.



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.

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).

For more on Alash, please see their website at and their Facebook page at

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