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Alash Ensemble
Alash
Mar 22, 2019 at 8:30 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC
8:30pm

$18 Adv $20 Day of Show

Alash Ensemble is a trio of master throat singers (xo¨o¨meizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing (xo¨o¨mei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West.

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Music : Genre: Acoustic,World
Alash | 8:30 PM
ALASH is a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing (xöömei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Tuvan throat singers can produce multiple pitches at the same time, and traditionally they have used these techniques to mimic and interact with sounds of the natural world. Alash remains firmly grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West. The ensemble is named for the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed an ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, under the guidance of the late Kongar-ool Ondar, they began to forge a new musical identity. Paying close attention to new trends coming out of the West, they began to experiment with complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms. Yet while open to new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, they never sacrifice the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip.

Alash first toured the U.S. in 2006 under the sponsorship of the Open World Leadership program of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since then they have returned many times, to the delight of American audiences. The Washington Post described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.”

Alash enjoys collaborating with musicians of all stripes. They appear as guest artists on Béla Fleck & the Flecktones’ holiday CD Jingle All the Way (2008), which won a Grammy. The Denver Post remarked, “As electrifying as the Flecktones’ performance was, the band were nearly upstaged by Alash Ensemble.” Alash has enjoyed a longstanding musical partnership with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and they have collaborated with musicians across the spectrum, from country to classical.

Beyond performing, Alash has a passion for teaching and promoting understanding between cultures. Their tours often include workshops in which they introduce Tuvan music to students in primary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, and music conservatories. Children as young as eight and nine have learned to throat-sing. As one young student exclaimed, “Alash opened my eyes to a whole new world!”

Both the Alash ensemble and individual members have consistently won top honors in throat singing competitions. The ensemble was awarded first prize in Tuva's International Xöömei Symposium competition in 2004. At the Fifth International Xöömei Symposium in 2008, three Alash musicians swept the top prizes for individual throat singing. In 2007, Alash member Bady-Dorzhu Ondar was named People's Xöömeizhi of the Republic of Tuva, the youngest person ever to receive this prestigious award. In 2009, Alash member Ayan Shirizhik was named a Merited Artist of Tuva. Even Alash's American manager, Sean Quirk, was named a Merited Artist of Tuva for his contribution to Tuvan culture. In addition, Quirk and all Alash members play in the Tuvan National Orchestra, which has won both first prize and grand prize in the All-Russia National Orchestra and Ensemble Competition.

In addition to its collaboration with the Flecktones, Alash has released three CDs of its own: Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006), Alash (2007), and Buura (2011)

The members of Alash:
Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, vocals, igil, guitar
Ayan-ool Sam, vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar
Ayan Shirizhik, vocals, kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu, xomus more >>>
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