Ensemble brings ‘throat singing’ to Troy

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 31, 2015

The award-winning Alash Ensemble of Tuva will bring the beautiful and exotic sounds of their Inner Asian homeland to Pike County.

The Troy Arts Council will sponsor three days of concerts by the Alash Ensemble of Tuva at local schools and a public concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.

“The three musicians who make up Alash – Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik – have won numerous international awards in Tuvan throat singing, a technique which allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time,” said Dr. John Jinright, TAC presenter chair. “Ensemble members also play a variety of Tuvan traditional instruments, contributing to an overall musical experience that a Washington Post review described as ��absolutely stunning.’”

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Jinright said accolades for the Alash Ensemble come from around the globe and he expects the people of the Pike County area to become fast fans of Tuvan music once they are entertained by Alash.

“‘Behind the Scene,’ Gloucestershire, UK reported that sometimes you see a performance so singular, so extraordinary, that you know the experience is going to live with you forever. And this was such a performance,” Jinright said, adding that the same response is expected when Alash takes the stage at the Crosby Theater Tuesday night.

Jinright said that, last summer, Alash took part in international throat-singing festivals in their Tuvan homeland and the first-ever such festival in China. Alash has also collaborated with such diverse musical groups as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, beatboxer Shodekeh, and American classical musicians.

With their “new old” Tuvan music, Alash stays true to the cultural traditions of their musical heritage while blending new influences to create a captivating and utterly unique musical experience, he said.

Jinright said a West Virginia who has attended concerts by Elvis, the Stones, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix gave Alash the nod over all the others.

“We invite everyone to the Alash concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Crosby Theater,” he said. “It will be an incredible concert and one you won’t soon forget.”

Tickets to the Alash concert are $20 and $5 for students. One hundred and twenty free student tickets will be available at student services. General admission tickets will be available at the door.