Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Alash: The Best New-Old Music from Tuva

Thu, April 8, 2010

Alash: The Best New-Old Music from Tuva

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

Public Concert:
Thursday, April 8th
7:00 pm in Avaya Auditorium
ACES building, 201 E. 24th (corner of Speedway)

Workshops and additional events will be announced as the schedule of
events is solidified.

Alash will also have workshops in select ethnomusicology classes. For more
information,please contact Allegra Azulay, Outreach Coordinator, at: (512)

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.

The concert on Thursday, April 8 will be webcast live at 7pm.  

To view the webcast, click here for the necessary plug-in:

Once you have downloaded the plug-in, go here to see the live presentation:

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