Mar 052013

The Alash Ensemble (via Tulane University)

A trio of throat singers — known for their technique of singing multiple pitches at the same time — from the republic of Tuva in southern Siberia will make their New Orleans debut on Thursday evening in a free performance at Tulane University.

Seating for the concert by the Alash Ensemble is limited, so reservations are required. For details, see the announcement from Tulane University:


Tulane University Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Trio from the Republic of Tuva:
Alash Ensemble Makes New Orleans Debut

EVENT: Free concert of traditional Tuvan throat singing featuring Alash Ensemble

WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Dixon Performing Arts Center, room 152, Tulane University uptown campus

TICKETS: Free and open to the public, but reservations required and seats are limited.

BOX OFFICE: (504) 856-5106 to reserve a free ticket

Best enjoyed by ages 8 and up.

On Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm in the Dixon Recital Hall (Room 152) on the Tulane University uptown campus, come experience the sounds of Alash Ensemble as they appear for the first time in New Orleans! ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time.  Co-sponsored by the Theatre and Dance Department and Newcomb Music Department at Tulane University, this event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required and seats are limited. Reservations are required. To reserve a free ticket to this unique musical and cultural experience, please call the Tulane Theatre and Dance Department box office at (504) 865-5106.

The tiny republic of Tuva is a giant when it comes to mastery of the human voice. The ancient tradition of throat singing (xöömei in Tuvan) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, people who lived in yurts, rode horses, raised yaks, sheep and camels, and had a close spiritual relationship with nature. Passed down through the generations but largely unheard by the outside world, xöömei is now the subject of international fascination and has become Tuva’s best known export. Situated at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south, over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia

One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.  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 described their music as “utterly stunning,” quipping that after the performance “audience members picked their jaws up off the floor.” Alash enjoys collaborating with musicians of all stripes. They appear as guest artists on Béla Fleck & the Flecktones’ holiday CD Jingle All the Way (2008), which won a Grammy. Alash also enjoys a longstanding musical partnership with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and they have collaborated with musicians across the spectrum, from country to classical. Beyond performing, Alash has a passion for teaching and promoting understanding between cultures.

  One Response to “Tuvan throat singers make New Orleans debut in free concert Thursday at Tulane”

  1. HI! The box office number is 504-865-5106 (the first time it is listed in the press release is incorrect.) Thanks! Hope everyone can make it to this truly marvelous performance!

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