Juniper Green LLC is a U.S.-based Limited Liability Corporation (formed in Wisconsin) focused on promoting Tuvan music and culture. Managing Member is Sean P. Quirk, a former Fulbright scholar in Tuvan culture and music. Quirk speaks fluent Tuvan and Russian, and serves as a translator/manager for Tuvan musicians traveling in English-speaking countries. In 2008, the President of Tuva awarded him the country's highest artistic honor, "Distinguished Artist of Tuva," to recognize his work in promoting Tuvan music and culture worldwide.
As documented in news articles and reviews, Juniper Green has organized numerous previous tours of the U.S. featuring the Alash Ensemble. The Alash Ensemble has also collaborated with a variety of U.S. musicians, and were featured artists on the 2009 Grammy-winning pop instrumental CD, "Jingle All the Way" by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.
The primary purpose of Juniper Green is to help Tuvans share their music and culture with interested audiences and school groups in the U.S. for educational purposes. After payments to the musicians, manager and tour organizer, profits are applied to future tours. Juniper Green works with a network of educators, librarians, and arts groups throughout the U.S.
The Alash Ensemble is a culturally unique group of Tuvan musicians and vocalists who have previously toured the U.S. under the auspices of Juniper Green LLC and also of the Library of Congress' Open World program. The musicians travel to many areas of the country where students and audiences would not otherwise have the opportunity to hear this unique music or learn about Central Asian culture.
As the media reviews and personal comments indicate, through their collaboration with a Tuvan-speaking American, the musicians are able to more readily share their music and answer questions about their culture. The group offers a number of free appearances at senior centers and small schools.
Juniper Green assumes responsibility for arranging tour performances, handling visa paperwork, planning travel, and administering the contracts and agreements made with such venues as Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Lincoln Center for the Arts, Yale University, the New England Conservatory, and other venues.