Slavic and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is pleased to host the fourth Annual Throat Singing Symposium April 18th-20th, 2012

Tue, April 3, 2012
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is pleased to host the  fourth Annual Throat Singing Symposium April 18th-20th, 2012

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is pleased to host the

fourth University of Texas Throat Singing Symposium April 18th-20th, 2012.

The symposium features the performance and tutelage of the unique and beautiful musical style of throat singing by the internationally renowned ensemble Alash. Thanks to additional support from Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology, all of the symposium events are free and open to the public.

View the Poster for the Event Here.

Event: Throat Singing Master Class

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00-4:00 PM

 Location: CAL 422, The University of Texas

Description: The members of the Alash ensemble are internationally recognized masters of the Tuvan vocal art of throat singing, a technique that allows a single vocalist to produce multiple notes simultaneously.  Students will learn the basics of three throat singing styles, and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between throat singing practice and Tuvan cultural history while working closely with Tuvan musicians.  The master class is structured such that singers of all levels and traditions will benefit.  The class is limited to 30 participants; therefore, please arrive early to ensure a spot in the class.


Event: Gender, Sacralization and Throat Singing in Tuva 

Date and Time: Thursday, April 19th, 12:00-3:00 PM

 Location: SAC 5.118, The University of Texas

Description: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, cultural productions of the Siberian Republic of Tuva have reshaped contemporary Tuvan identities and gained significant international followings.  This panel of four, developing scholars presents critical analysis of their collaborations with Tuvan cultural producers and explores the way Tuvan expressive forms meet with global social, political and economic forces.   We invite audience participation during question and answer sessions following each presentation.  Refreshments will be provided.

View Poster for the Event Here


Event: Alash Performance

Date and Time: Friday, April 20th, 7:00-8:30 PM

 Location: WCH 1.120

Description:  Alash takes its name from the Alash River, which runs through the Republic of Tuva, the southern most republic in Siberia. 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 ensembles current members are Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, Ayan Shirizhik, and Nachyn Choodu. The muscians have all been trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, but they also know and love western music. Also masters of non-traditional instruments including guitars and accordions, the Alash musicians draw upon their knowledge of complex rhythms and western harmonies to expand their musical possibilities. In 2004, Alash won first prize at the International Khoomei Symposium, a triennial throat singing competition held in Kyzyl.  Alash first toured the United States  in 2006 under the Open World Leaders program of the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Arts.  Past Alash performances at The University of Texas have drawn crowds numbering over 300; therefore, arrive early to ensure seating.  

For more information about the ensemble, see the group's website here:

Please also see clips of past Alash performances here:

University of Texas, 2010:

Konya Mystic Music Festival, 2011:

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