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Alash Ensemble | plus guest: Aga Ujma

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35-47 Bethnal Green Road

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Alash Ensemble bring their incredible throat singing and traditional Tuvan music to Rich Mix this September.

Alash Ensemble is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing (xöömei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West.

All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America.

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Under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), Alash began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.

Website: alashensemble.com

Plus guest: Aga Ujma

Aga is one of the four artists chosen for The Nest Collective's Amplify talent development programme. She's a thoughtful, talented composer inspired by the connections between her heritage and her home, by Polish, English, and Indonesian folk music. The variety of unusual instruments she plays and her otherworldly, childlike voice make her a truly captivating performer.

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