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Acclaimed Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble Alash to Perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro


Renowned Tuvan throat singing ensemble Alash is set to perform this Thursday, February 16 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Alash’s musicians are maestros of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), an extraordinary technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What differentiates this talented trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the delicate addition of modern influences into their music.

Alash collaborated with American musicians Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and the jazz collective Sun Ra Arkestra.

Available recordings include Achai, Alash and Buura.

Tickets for this concert are $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artscenterlive.org or call the Box Office at (919) 929-2787.

The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro.


Artist Profiles: Bady-Dorzhu Ondar

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar – Photo by John O’Hara, Whitefish Bay Herald

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar was born in the village of Iyme. In May 2006, he was awarded Best in Competition among xoomei performers on the 85th birthday of the popular throat singer Maxim Dakpai. He was given a horse (a very valued award in Tuva) as grand prize.
In July 2005, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar won the Best Vocals category at the Ustuu-Huree Festival, and in September 2005 he was given a special award at the 4th All-Russia Festival of Folk Orchestras, dedicated to Kalinin and held at the Saratov Folk Arts Center.

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar’s career started early. At the age of eight, the young throat singer started to perform with his teacher, the distinguished xoomeizhi Kongar-ool Ondar. The teacher and student were guests on one of the most highly rated American TV late night programs, the David Letterman Show. Later, 9-year-old Bady-Dorzhu Ondar performed Tuvan throat singing on another popular show, hosted by popular comedian Chevy Chase.

In 1999 Bady-Dorzhu Ondar became one of the founders of The Alash Ensemble. The group was formed in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College in Tuva’s capital city. Originally known as Changy-Xaya, Alash became the resident traditional ensemble at the school.

In December of 2007, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (who was 23-years old) was awarded the title People’s Xoomeizhi of Tuva. The title People’s Xoomeizhi is an honor bestowed by the president of Tuva in recognition of a throat singer’s artistic accomplishment.


Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006)
Alash (2007)
Buura (2011)
Achai (2013)


Throat Singing from Eastern Siberia

Shono – “Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal” (Sketis Music SKMR-122, 2016)

Shono is a new ensemble from eastern Siberia that skillfully combines traditional Buryat and Mongolian throat singing techniques and musical instruments with modern rock and jazz instruments and arrangements. It’s what Russians call ethno rock.

The band’s repertoire includes Buryat traditional songs about hunting, the beautiful mountains, friendship, warriors, Lake Baikal, wedding songs, and wolves as well as Buryat ritual dances and a handful of originals.

Three of the musicians have mastered the art of throat singing. On Hunters you’ll hear styles such as khoomei and sygyt.

Shono was founded in 2014 by musician and storyteller Alexander Arhincheev.

The lineup on Hunters includes Alexander Arkhincheev on vocals, throat singing, morin khuur, suur, sukha khuur, and limbe; Beligto Sambuev on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, throat singing; Vladimir Sidorov on bass, throat singing, and khomus; and Dmitriy Zanin on drums and percussion.

“Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal” is fascinating fusion of traditional folk music and rock highlighting the mesmerizing throat singing styles.

Buy the digital version of Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal

Buy the CD version of Hunters. Throat singing from the shores of Baikal


Transfixing Tuvan Rock

Yat-Kha – Live at Stray Dog Club (Sketis Music SKMR-115, 2015)

This live album showcases the transfixing music style developed by Tuvan throat singer Albert Kuvezhin. Although Kuvezhin founded the traditional throat-singing group Huun Huur Tu, his greatest achievement is Yat-Kha, a genre-defying band that mixes overtone Tuvan music with rock. Some call it ethno-rock, others world music, but whatever you call it, it’s a groundbreaking form of music that brings an ancient Siberian tradition to European rock clubs.

Live at “Stray Dog Club” was originally released by Yat-Kha in 2011. The Sketis Music label has re-released, providing a much larger distribution and marketing effort and therefore reaching a significant audience.

On Live at “Stray Dog Club” you’ll find Kuvezin’s characteristic vocal drones and fascinating growls accompanied by a mix of western and Tuvan musical instruments.

The lineup on this album includes Albert Kuvezhin on vocals and guitar; Evgeny Tkachev on drums, mandolin and backing vocals; Sholban Mongush on vocals, igil (2 or 3-stringed Tuvan fiddle with a carved wooden horse’s head attached to the top of the neck), temir-khomus (Tuvan jew’s harp); and Alex Saaya on bass, clarinet, backing vocals

Live at “Stray Dog Club” is a stunning performance by one of the most alluring artists from Siberia.

Buy the digital version of Live at Stray Dog Club

Buy the CD from sketismusic.bandcamp.com/album/yat-kha-live-at-stray-dog-club-skmr-115