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Alash

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing; a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music.

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Alash
Alash

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Feb 03, 2024, 8:00 PM

Viroqua, 116 S Main St, Viroqua, WI 54665, USA

About the event

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing; a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this 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.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. Alash enjoys collaborating with musicians of all stripes and have joined forces with musicians across the spectrum—from country to classical to jazz to beatboxing with artists such as Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble.

Alash has borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip. Alash first toured the U.S. under the sponsorship of the Open World Leadership program of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then they have returned many times, to the delight of American audiences. The Washington Post has described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.”

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