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Art
Artwork by Jean Esther circle Water color with colored pencil by artist Jean Esther
Inspired by Alash's performance in Lancaster, PA in 2010.
Watercolor by Caya circle Watercolor by artist Mairin-Taj Caya
Made during Alash's Spring 2009 tour.
Paintings by Rami Efal circle Three Watercolor Sketches by artist Rami Efal
Made during performance at Judson Memorial Church (28 June 2007)
TV
click to see video play icon WCSH 6 Portland
Alash performance and brief interview with Sean Quirk on 207 at WCSH 6 Portland, Maine. (20 October 2011)
click to see video play icon SBS Dateline: A Shaman's Prayer
Story by video journalist Nick Lazaredes about Tuvan shamans. Three musicians from Alash are featured in the segment about throat singing. (17 October 2010)
click to see video play icon Fifth International Xöömei Symposium
Russian NTV coverage of the Xöömei Symposium held in Kyzyl, Tuva (24-28 July 2008). Alash members are among the performers. (YouTube)
click to see video play icon "Russia Today" visits Tyva, interviews Sean Quirk
Fifth International Xöömei Symposium (24-28 July 2008), "Wayfarer: Destination Tyva" (11 July 2008), multi-part series "Feature: Republic of Tyva" (4-6 September 2007), presented in English by Russian television.
click to see video play icon Alash performs at a concert for Vladimir Putin
Por-Bazhyn, Tuva
Coverage by Russian television channel 1-TV (13 August 2007 [2:34])
Video [back to top]
click to see video play icon Alash at the Millennium Stage (Requires Real Player)
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (8 August 2009 [56:11])
Video of Alash's performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
click to see video play icon Alash at the Grass Roots Festival
Trumansburg, New York (17-18 July 2009 [9:21])
Video posted to YouTube by Cindy of Obsidian Custom Video.
click to see video play icon Alash on tour with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones 2008 & 2009
Alash were guest artists of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, who were on tour to promote their CD "Jingle All the Way," which features Alash on several tracks. Eight videos on YouTube: two by Sam Anderson, three by gblass, one by Timm Hertel MyTallTripod@gmail.com, and two by holycowdude. Audio recordings by MyTallMicStand.
click to see video play icon "Tuvan Throat Singing in Dallas"
Bob Hope Theater at Southern Methodist University (6 May 2007 [2:21])
Video by Nathan Hunsinger. Courtesy The Dallas Morning News.
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Radio [back to top]
click to hear audio audio icon "Live and Local"
Interview with Sean Quirk for WILL-FM 90.9, Illinois Public Media. (4 April 2014). Kevin Kelly, host.
click to hear audio audio icon "In-Studio Live Performance: Alash"
An in-studio live performance and interview for KEXP 90.3 FM. Seattle, Washington (14 December 2010). Jon Kertzer, host.
click to hear audio audio icon "Transpacific Sound Paradise: Alash"
Six songs and one interview segment recorded live for WFMU 91.1 FM. Jersey City, New Jersey (24 July 2009). Rob Weisberg, host.
click to hear audio audio icon "Live Performances: Alash"
Live performance and interview segments. WGBH 89.7 FM. Boston, Massachusetts (21 July 2009). Richard Knisely, host.
click to hear audio audio icon "Lake Effect: Alash" [12:30]
Performance and interview on Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM 89.7 FM. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (28 April 2009)
click to hear audio audio icon "Sound Check: Alash" [17:43]
Performance and interview on New York Public Radio WNYC 93.9 FM. New York, New York (18 December 2008)
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Audio
click to see video audio icon Jam Sessions: Alash and the Extra Special Terrestrial Guests
The Rotunda, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18 June 2007 and 29 January 2008)
Two audio tracks from the video by Jason Fifield, and one audio track from the recording by Brendan Krivda.
News and Reviews [back to top]
AUDIO: Alash ensemble of Tuvan throat singers performs at Webster AUDIO: Alash ensemble of Tuvan throat singers performs at Webster
The Journal. May 2, 2012

An eerie low-pitched humming sound came from the mouths of the Tuvan throat singers. Simultaneously, the three men raised and lowered their pitches.
Alash Ensemble at the Triple Door Alash Ensemble at the Triple Door
SSG#Music, April 27, 2011

...Composed of four of the best throat singers on earth with enough instrumental skill to put entire Western conservatories to shame, this group performed music the average Seattle concert goer has simply never heard....
Alash on the Road Alash on the Road
Thimblewicket, April 3, 2010

...When they began singing, the listeners fell stone-quiet, no doubt wondering how four human voices can seem to split into an infinite number of them like that....
Throat singers use their voices in way that really gets to you Throat singers use their voices in way that 'really gets to you'
Portland Press Herald, February 25, 2010

... "It (the Tuvan tradition of throat singing) is a very expressive and extremely beautiful method of using the human voice," Quirk said. "They have this amazing ability to filter sound -- the sound of their voices. They subtract frequencies."...
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones @ the Paramount Theatre Béla Fleck and the Flecktones @ the Paramount Theatre
Denver Post, December 21, 2009

... The quartet [Alash] played ... traditional songs from their homeland, most of which involved stories about horses and women[, and] had a near-capacity audience enthralled and dead silent during each piece....
Bela Fleck - Live at the State Bela Fleck - Live at the State
Kosmopolitan Online, December 17, 2009

... Their [Alash's] presence with the Flecktones ... is a testament to Bela Fleck's insistence on surrounding himself with the most talented and interesting musicians in the world....
Fleck puts beauty and brrr in Yule tunes Bela Fleck puts beauty and brrr in Yule tunes
Star Tribune, December 15, 2009

... Throw in special guests, the Alash Ensemble (Tuvan throat singers/folk musicians), and this was not only one of the most remarkable Christmas concerts this year but one of the most rewarding performances of all of 2009....
Fleck reinvents Christmas holiday tunes Bela Fleck and Flecktones reinvent Christmas holiday tunes
The Capital Times, December 14, 2009

... As the men [Alash] sang a slow, mesmerizing chant that reverberated throughout the theater, your ear could pick up a faint, high-pitched whistle emitted behind the drone that sounded strangely familiar. Wait . . . is that "Jingle Bells"? Moments like that were a breath of crisp fresh air blowing through the stale Christmas music genre, where everyone from the Jonas Brothers to Twisted Sister bangs out a quickie holiday album to make a few bucks....
Fleck presents eclectic Christmas show Bela Fleck, band present eclectic Christmas show
Kalamazoo Gazette, December 13, 2009

... The Alash Ensemble of Tuva, a Russian republic north of Mongolia in frigid Siberia, knew how to make music for a bitterly cold night. ...
When Alash sings, the world listens When the Alash Ensemble Sings, the World Listens
MichiganLive.com, December 10, 2009

... Tuvan throat singing (or "xöömei"), where the whistle of birds, the groan of camels, the rhythm of galloping horses and rushing rivers combine in a singer's throat, often with multiple notes at the same time....
Brooklyn, New York Sweet and Low Brooklyn, New York. Sweet and Low
Hemispheres Magazine September 1, 2009
(Scroll down to find article.)
...By enhancing overtones present in ordinary vocalizations, a xöömei singer produces multiple pitches simultaneously. The eerie sounds are said to imitate nature as experienced on the Tuvan steppe: The low-pitched drone called kargyraa evokes the lowing of a yak, while sygyt, a shrill whistle, resembles the wailing of the wind....
Alash: Tuvan Throat Singing Re-Imagined Alash at SXSW
Time, March 25, 2009

Coverage of the popular music festival South by Southwest (SXSW) briefly highlights Alash, who appear 3 minutes and 52 seconds into the video.
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Reference Articles [back to top]
Alash in TyvaWiki Alash in TyvaWiki
Alash in Wikipedia Alash in Wikipedia
Alash on MySpace Alash on MySpace
Kongar-ol Ondar, Everything2.com Kongar-ol Ondar
Everything2.com

Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar was born in 1962 and first learned his musical craft from his uncle. ...