Alash – Throat Singers from Tuva

unique sounds from the earth, otherworldly, strange, and beautiful

Music at the Martin Hotel – Winnemucca
7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The $15.00 tickets are on sale now at the Martin Hotel, Nature’s Corner, and Global Coffee. You can also buy them online at themartinhotel.com.

Alash home on the range in Tuva.
Track from their new record “Achai” : “Let’s Fatten the Livestock”

Alash 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), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time, developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with the subtle infusion of modern influences into their music.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip.

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. The Denver Post remarked, “As electrifying as the Flecktones’ performance was, the band were nearly upstaged by Alash Ensemble.” Since Alash’s first partnership with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, they have collaborated with musicians across the spectrum, from country to classical to jazz to beatboxing. Most recently, the jazz CD The Viridian Trio (2017) features Alash in a musical remembrance of the late Kongar-ool Ondar­­.

Beyond performing, Alash has a passion for teaching and promoting understanding between cultures. Their tours often include workshops where they introduce Tuvan music to students from primary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, and music conservatories. Children as young as 8 and 9 have learned to throat-sing. As one student exclaimed, “Alash opened my eyes to a whole new world!”

Alash has released four CDs of its own: Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006), Alash (2007), Buura (2011), and Achai (2015, re-released on Smithsonian Folkways in 2017).

 

I Draw Slow

CAPTIVATING AMERICANA FROM THE EMERALD ISLE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
7:00 PM at the Martin Hotel

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“I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit.” –  Irish Independent

“Captivating”, “achingly beautiful”, “polished and gutsy”, “spine tingling harmonies” and “heart-melting vocals” are just a few of the terms the press has used to describe the music produced by this great band from Dublin, Ireland.  I Draw Slow performs many self penned songs as well as a full repertoire of traditional tunes from Ireland and Appalachia. They have been on an extensive tour of the U.S. including performing at Merlefest, Rockygrass and the Pickathon music festivals.  We have the good luck to see them here in Winnemucca as they work their way to the Sister’s Folk Festival and for a return to Pickathon.

This Dublin, Ireland, roots band has been garnering praise around the globe since the release of their Top 10 selling album Redhills in 2012. Now their new album, White Wave Chapel, is all the buzz at home and overseas with their unique sound, bringing together Irish tradition with modern Americana while staying rooted in the old-time style of Appalachia. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters.

The UK press describes, I Draw Slow as “American top league equivalents” destined “to blow the opposition away,” drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, performed with the legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and made an appearance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Their name, I Draw Slow, is said to be the result of their efforts to find a name that was a complete sentence, and that contains a little story, and a mystery.  “If you are in a duel, and you draw slow, you are the one that is going to die”.

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