Alash Ensemble’s Magnolia Ave. Studio Recording

Photo by Sara Anne Finke

Photo by Sara Anne Finke

On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 11:00 am, Uncontrollable Urge and KDHX were in for a real treat when musicians from the opposite side of the world arrived to share their music with us. Alash hail from Tuva, a country about the size of Montana with the population equal to the City of St. Louis. These 4 men brought with them their traditional stringed instruments and drums and most of all their voices to play songs unlike most any other music, although you can hear similar sounds from many traditions. They practice throat singing; this creates sounds similar to droning instruments like bag pipes. Give a listen to the in-studio session here:

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Alash Ensemble – Live @ KDHX – 12/3/08

Sara Finke took some photos of their studio performance — take a look.

And finally a boyhood appearance of Alash member, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar and master Tuvan singer, Kongar-ol Ondar on the Chevy Chase Show.