Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Alash: The Best New-Old Music from Tuva

November 17-19, 2008

CREEES, The Butler School of Music and the University of Texas are pleased to have the internationally-renowned musical ensemble Alash visit our campus to demonstrate the unique musical style of throat-singing. Alash will give a concert and conduct workshops during their stay. Events include:

Throat-singing workshop by Eliot Stone

Monday, November 17

10:00am - 11:00am in GAR 2.104
Learn the principals of Tuvan throat singing in this informal workshop given by Eliot Stone, UT graduate and throat singer. This is a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. No prior experience necessary.

Public Concert followed by reception

Tuesday, November 18

7:00 pm in Avaya Auditorium
ACES building, 201 E. 24th (corner of Speedway)

The Tuvan throat-singing concert was webcast live at 7pm on November 18th.

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A brief introductory piece was also filmed for the Daily Texan.

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Film screening: Genghis Blues Wednesday, November 19 7:00pm in PAI 4.42 Painter Hall, 24th Street The true story of a blind blues musician's journey to Tuva to compete in a national throat singing competition. This film won the 1999 Sundance Audience Award for a documentary and was also nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 in the Best Documentary Feature category. Official website.

Alash will also perform at Austin Global Academy and will have workshops in select ethnomusicology classes. For more information, please contact the Outreach Coordinator, Allegra Azulay at: (512) 471-7782 About Alash

Alash takes its name from the Alash River, which runs through the musicians native region of Tuva. The ensemble members are graduates of the Kyzyl Arts College and students of Kongar-ool Ondar, the renowned master throat singer and member of the Tuvan parliament who is featured in the movie Genghis Blues. In 1999, five first year students at the Kyzyl Arts College formed the ensemble Changy-Xaya, which would later evolve into Alash. The original members were Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, Mai-ool Sedip, Ayan Shirizhik, and Sergei Sotpa. The muscians have all been trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, but they also know and love western music. They add non-traditional instruments, old and new, including guitars and accordions, and they draw upon their knowledge of complex rhythms and western harmonies to expand their musical possibilities. In 2004, Alash won first prize at the International Symposium Khoomei,throat singing competition. The group won Best Folk Music Group in 2000 and 2003, and they came to the United States for a concert tour in 2006 under the Open World Leaders program of the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Arts. For information on ALASH visit the Alash website.



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