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By Katie Dahl / Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 09:52 am
Alash Tuvan Ensemble Brings Ethereal Sound of Throat Singing to DCA
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FISH CREEK, WI (September 1, 2016) – Internationally renowned throat singers Alash Tuvan Ensemble will bring their mesmerizing, otherwordly music to Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on Sunday, September 11 at 7pm.

Trained since childhood in producing the entrancing sounds of traditional Tuvan music, the three members of Alash Tuvan Ensemble have a unique passion and talent for spreading the music of their Asian homeland (located just south of Siberia) to the rest of the world. The three musicians who make up Alash—Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, and Ayan Shirizhik—have won numerous international awards in Tuvan throat singing, a technique that allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time.

Newsweek describes throat singing this way: “Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally—by the same person, at the same time.”

Young people in Tuva are trained from childhood in creating these sounds, which are unlike any other. This music also reflects Tuva’s herding and hunting lifestyle: in throat singing, Tuvans imitate the sounds of nature, including animals, mountains, streams, and the harsh winds of the steppe. Though throat singing was once exclusively a folk tradition practiced in Tuva, there is a growing number of professional throat singers—and Alash Tuvan Ensemble are some of the best professional throat singers in the world. 

The Washington Post calls Alash’s music “one of the most astonishing sounds a human body can produce.” Ensemble members also play a variety of traditional Tuvan instruments, creating an overall musical experience the Post calls “absolutely stunning.”

DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis says, “I’ve been trying to book a throat singing group for over a decade. I’m thrilled that the stars aligned and we were able to get a date with this ensemble. To anyone who is intrigued, but unfamiliar with this vocal tradition, I’d recommend watching the 1999 Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Genghis Blues.’ It’s a great film about an American bluesman who discovers the art of throat singing and teaches himself to do it.”

Alash Tuvan Ensemble’s performance is made possible by a major anonymous sponsor, as well as supporting sponsor Wisconsin Public Radio and Passport Partners Friends of Gibraltar, RocketDSD.com/IceCreamSource.com, and Grasse’s Grill. 

Alash Tuvan Ensemble will perform at DCA at 7pm on Sunday, September 11 (as well as performing matinees and workshops for Door County students on Monday, September 12). Tickets for Sunday night’s concert range from $18 to $38. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for students. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12–5pm. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at 920.868.2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.

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