Alash Ensemble at The Triple Door
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The last date listed for Alash Ensemble was Sunday April 24, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Tuvan musicians have been touring in the West now for close to 20 years, primarliy a couple of ensembles. This being the case, the mere uniqueness of Tuvan music and its jewel, throat singing, no longer provide the impact they once did — Western audiences have become familiar with the music and it is no longer a novelty.
Originally called Changy-Xaya, Alash Ensembe was formed at Kyzyl Arts College in 1999 and quickly became the resident traditional ensemble. At the same time, the young musicians were learning harmony, theory, staff notation and Western classical music. They began to incorporate non-traditional elements and instruments that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music. They use old instruments such as the murgu, limpi, and shoor (wind instruments) that are not frequently played in Tuva today, as well as distinctly Western instruments such as the guitar and accordion.
Alash relies not only on the innate beauty and uniqueness of the music of Tuva, but also on their absolutely mastery of the music and indefatigable energy in performance. Furthermore, the group differentiates itself from its predecessors in that the members have grown and matured musically in the period in which Tuva has been open to musical influences from around the world. Alash are first and foremost bearers of their traditional culture, but the way in which they perform their music is unique to them due to their subtle assimilation of various influences from around the world in their music. Collaborations with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Sun Ra, and a number of other musicians from other genres has raised their music to a new level.
Audiences are impressed by the energy and polish of Alash, the freshness of their arrangements and the overall, palpable power of their performances. Alash’s new album not only features the multi-instrumental and vocal talents of Nachyn Choodu and the full flowering of multiple time Xoomei champions Ayan-ool Sam, Bady- Dorzhu Ondar, and Ayan Shirizhik, but also collaboration with Victor Wooten and top-quality recording, mixing and mastering by Richard Battaglia.