Alash in the Media
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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[back to top]

click to see video play icon My Throat [3:15]
WYCC PBS Chicago (June 2013)
Alash sings “My Throat” at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, Illinois.
click to see video play icon Fifth International Xöömei Symposium [0:49]
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 Alash performs at a concert for Vladimir Putin [1:15]
Por-Bazhyn, Tuva
Coverage by Russian television channel 1-TV (13 August 2007)

Video[back to top]

click to see video play icon Sonic Meditations with Fifth House Ensemble
Chicago, Illinois (2018-2019)
The Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative chamber ensemble dedicated to expanding the perceived limits of classical music, joined with Alash in a year-long cross-cultural project culminating in an unusual series of concerts.
click to see video play icon Sunrise Concert at the Edge of the World  [5:12]
Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon National Park, Gaspé, Québec (12 August 2018)
Sunrise concert by Alash in a spectacular outdoor setting. Video by Festival Musique du Bout du Monde in collaboration with La Fabrique Culturelle.
click to see video play icon Throat Singing Styles Explained [7:58]
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1 September 2017)
When Smithsonian Folkways released the album Achai, they asked Alash about the basic throat singing styles. Sean Quirk explains and the members of Alash demonstrate the xöömei, sygyt, and kargyraa styles. (Explanations start at 0:40, after song.)
click to see video play icon Science Friday: The Highs and Lows of Tuvan Throat Singing  [5:42]
New York, NY (10 March 2017)
Video to supplement radio segment (scroll down for video). Members of Alash provide the examples as video producer Luke Groskin and speech pathologist Aaron Johnson investigate how the singers produce two distinct pitches at once.
click to see video play icon Bady-Dorzhu Ondar on Accordion with Shodekeh
Philadelphia, PA (4 November 2014)
Bady-Dorzhu and Shodekeh gave an impromptu performance at Liberty Bellows while Bady's bayan (accordion) was being repaired.
click to see video play icon Alash at Blue Rock Studio  [1:53]
Wimberley, TX (9 October 2014)
Alash's live performance of “Bashtake Joke” (I'm a Joker) at Blue Rock Studio.
click to see video play icon Jamming with Baltimore Boom Bap Society  [3:23]
Baltimore, Maryland (4 April 2013)
The Baltimore Boom Bap Society is a hip-hop group dedicated to experimentation and dialogue with other forms of music. Jamming with Alash are Max Beats and Wendel Patrick. Video by Thomas Kessler.
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Radio[back to top]

click to hear audio audio icon The Science of Tuvan Throat Singing [6:38]
Science Friday airs nationally on public radio stations. In this segment Alash provides examples of Tuvan throat singing as the guests explore the science of how it is done. Scroll down the page for associated video (10 March 2017). Alexa Lim, producer.
click to hear audio audio icon The Marc Steiner Show [22:44]
Performance by Alash and interviews with Sean Quirk, beatboxer Shodekeh and director Michael Faulkner. WEAA 88.9FM Baltimore (13 January 2016). Marc Steiner, host.
click to hear audio audio icon World on 3 with Mary Ann Kennedy [36:30]
Interview with Sean Quirk and performance by Alash. BBC Radio 3 studio. (15 May 2015). Mary Ann Kennedy, host.
click to hear audio audio icon Live and Local [63:32]
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 [23:35]
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 (edited selections)
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 [17:05]
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]

Alash at Prince Albert, Stroud Tuvan throat singing gives voice to a unique way of life
eScienceCommons, January 26, 2016

"... they create a musical landscape that is almost extraterrestrial in terms of the sensation it gives you."
Alash at Prince Albert, Stroud Alash at Prince Albert, Stroud
Behind the Scene Gloucestershire, May 15, 2015

Do you sing? Give your lowest note a go, then follow it with your highest. Now imagine what it would sound like if they both came out of your mouth together...
May's Global Music: Alash; Lila Downs; Trio Brasileiro; Inti-Illimani and Los Panchos May's Global Music: Alash; Lila Downs; Trio Brasileiro; Inti-Illimani and Los Panchos
We Want Music Without Borders, May 5, 2015

... Alash's musical journey spirits us away on their sturdy steeds across the mountains & steppes as they sing of beautiful women and horses....
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....
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....
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....
Alash rings in the holidays Alash Rings in the Holidays as Guest Artists of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
Tuva-Online November 9, 2009

The Tuvan throat singers Alash are flying to the U.S. from reindeer country to perform "Jingle Bells" and other Yuletide favorites with the legendary American group Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, to promote the Flecktones' Grammy-winning CD Jingle All the Way....
With the Sounds of Khoomei With the Sounds of Khoomei
Tuva-Online May 1, 2009

One of the most interesting chamber concerts last week in Krasnoyarsk was a performance by the group "Alash" together with the khoomeizhi Radik Tyulyush....
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 Wikipedia Alash in Wikipedia
Alash on World Music Central Alash on World Music Central
Alash in TyvaWiki Alash in TyvaWiki
Alash on MySpace Alash on MySpace
Kongar-ool Ondar, Wikipedia Kongar-ool Ondar in Wikipedia
Kongar-ool Borisovich Ondar (March 29, 1962 – July 25, 2013) was a master Tuvan throat singer and a member of the Great Khural [legislative body] of Tuva....
Kongar-ol Ondar, Everything2.com Kongar-ol Ondar in Everything2.com
Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar was born in 1962 and first learned his musical craft from his uncle....