Alash Ensemble / Genghis Blues (Film Screening)
UPDATE: This event will now begin at 7pm - please arrive on time to guarantee entry. We will begin with a screening of Roko and Adrian Belic's documentary "Genghis Blues". The film follows blues musician Paul Pena's discovery of overtone singing, his journey to Tuva, and his encounters with Tuvan culture and traditions. It also features two members of Alash, as children.
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 which allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time. Ensemble members also play a variety of Tuvan traditional instruments, contributing to an overall musical experience that a Washington Post
review described as “absolutely stunning.” Last summer, the group took part in international throat-singing festivals in their Tuvan homeland and the first-ever such festival in China.
Alash has also collaborated with such diverse musical groups as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, beatboxer Shodekeh, and American classical musicians. With their “new old” Tuvan music, Alash stays true to the cultural traditions of their musical heritage while blending new influences to create a captivating and utterly unique musical experience.
Photo by Matthew Yake