Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 PM
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“Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody.” Newsweek
The members of Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit remain decidedly Tuvan.
This 60-minute general admission event is appropriate for all ages — everyone is welcome! Program includes an introduction by Theodore Levin, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College.
The tiny republic of Tuva is a giant when it comes to mastery of the human voice. The ancient tradition of throat singing developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, people who lived in yurts, rode horses, raised yaks, sheep and camels, and had a close spiritual relationship with nature. Passed down through the generations but largely unheard by the outside world, xöömei is now the subject of international fascination and has become Tuva’s best known export.
Tuva sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia.