Alash is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. Members of Alash began training in traditional Tuvan music during childhood. Grounded in the art of throat singing (xöömei) originally created by nomadic people of Central Asia, Alash’s members started training in traditional Tuvan music as children. Alash first formed while students at Kyzyl Arts College. Influenced by Western music trends coming out of North America, Alash practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments. Under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), the musicians forged a new musical identity by introducing instruments like the guitar and Russian bayan (accordion) to traditional Tuvan instruments. The style in which Alash weaves together the old with the new adds intrigue to its arrangements. . .
Presented in partnership with the IU Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center.
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