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Sun-Mon
Aug 25-26
Toga, Japan Toga Art Park (Togasanbo)
利 939-2513 Toka Murakami Momose 48
Nanto City
Toyama Prefecture, Japan
concerts Sun and Mon
at 14.00 – part of
Theatre Olympics
¥2,000
website (Japanese)
festival website
festival venues
map & directions
Toga Art Park
tickets
SEPTEMBER 2019 • UNITED KINGDOM
Thu
Sept 19
Clonakilty
West Cork
Ireland
DeBarra's Folk Club
55 Pearse St.
Clonakilty
West Cork, Ireland
tel. 353 23 883 3381
9:30 pm show
(doors 9:00 pm) – part of
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival
€22.50 (includes booking fee)
website
festival website
venue website
map
tickets
Fri
Sept 20
Clonakilty
Co. Cork
Ireland
Scoil na mBuachaillí
O’Rahilly St
Maulnaskehy
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
tel. +353 23 883 4487
Not Open to the Public
Scoil na mBuachaillí pupils only
school visit at 1 pm
website
Sun
Sept 22
Galway
Ireland
Roísín Dubh
9 Dominic Street Upper
Galway, Ireland
tel. +353 91 586 540
8:30 pm show
(doors 8 pm)
€18 / €16
website
map
ticket info
(online ticket sales for members only)
Mon
Sept 23
London
England
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
Shoreditch
London E1 6LA
tel. 020 7613 7498
7:00 pm show
sponsored by
The Nest Collective
£10–£15,  £16 at door
website
venue website
map
directions
tickets
Wed
Sept 25
Sandwich
Kent
England
St. Mary's Arts Centre
Strand Street
Sandwich, Kent
doors from 7:30
£12 advance, £14 door
website
map
directions
tickets (scroll down)
Thu
Sept 26
Stroud
Gloucestershire
England
The Prince Albert
Rodborough Hill, Stroud
Gloucestershire GL5 3SS
tel. 01453 755600
show time TBD
ticket info TBD
website
map
directions (scroll down)
Fri
Sept 27
Falmouth Cornwall
England
The Old Tractor Shed
on a hill near
Falmouth, Cornwall
tel. +44 7780 333717
A Weekend with Alash Ensemble:
Tuvan banquet, games w/ Seamas Carey, throat-singing workshop.
7 pm
£30 (£32.29 online) includes entertainment, food and camping.
website
tickets
(Directions will emailed to people who book tickets online. Or follow Facebook.)
Sat
Sept 28
Falmouth Cornwall
England
The Old Tractor Shed
on a hill near
Falmouth, Cornwall
tel. +44 7780 333717
A Weekend with Alash Ensemble:
7 pm show
£12 in advance (£13.39 online),
£15 at door.
Under 18:  £7 in advance (£8.14 online), £10 at door.
Under 5: free.
website
tickets
(Directions will emailed to people who book tickets online. Or follow Facebook.)
Sun
Sept 29
Worth Matravers
Dorset
England
Square & Compass
Worth Matravers
Swanage, Dorset
tel. 01929 439229
2 pm show
FREE
website
map
directions
OCTOBER 2019 • EASTERN UNITED STATES
Thu
Oct 3
Holyoke, MA The Bistro at
Gateway City Arts
92 Race St
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-650-2670
8pm show (doors 6 pm)
$15 advance, $20 door
(18+ unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian)
website
map
directions
parking
tickets
Sat
Oct 5
Flemington, NJ Stangl Stage at
Stangl Factory
50 Stangl Rd
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-963-8832
7:30pm
$25 advance, $30 day of show
website
map
Sun
Oct 6
Chester, CT The Sound Retreat
96 Cedar Lake Rd
Chester, CT 06412
860-322-4492
7pm
Carpool Concert Series
$40 per car (max 4 people/car)
website
map
tickets
Sat
Oct 12
Rosendale, NY Rosendale Cafe
434 Main St
Rosendale, NY 12472
845-658-9048
8pm
$20 (no advance sales)
website
map
Wed
Oct 16
Johnson City, TN East Tennessee State University workshops, details TBD
Thu
Oct 17
Johnson City, TN St. John's Episcopal Church
500 North Roan St
Johnson City, TN 37601
7:30 concert with Shodekeh
$20/$15/$5 – sponsored by
East Tennessee State University
Mary B. Martin School of the Arts
website
venue website
map
Sun
Oct 20
Greensboro, NC The Crown at
Carolina Theatre
310 S. Greene St
Greensboro, NC 27401
336-333-2605
8pm concert
$20 advance, $25 day of show
(+$1 facility fee. $3.50 service fee for web orders. To avoid service fee, call box office at 336-333-2605
M-F, 12-5pm, or visit in person.)
website
map
parking
tickets
Thur
Oct 24
Greenville, NC Wright Auditorium
East Carolina University
212 Wright Circle (near Trustees Fountain)
Greenville NC 27858
7:30 pm concert
with Shodekeh in second half
$36 reserved seating
(Alexander Series)
website
map
campus map
directions/parking
tickets
Sat
Oct 26
Carrboro, NC The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
919-929-2787
8pm concert with special guest Shodekeh
$24
website
map
parking/accessibility
tickets
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Past Events[back to top]

2019

Alash and Fifth House Ensemble

Alash with the Fifth House Ensemble

Alash started its February-March US tour by rejoining the Fifth House Ensemble in Wisconsin and Illinois, where their year-long collaboration culminated in a unique series of concerts called Sonic Meditations (see videos). Alash then went on to perform in Texas, California, Nevada and Iowa. In St. Louis, MO, Alash joined jazz musician Brian Owens and L.I.F.E. Arts in their project Music Across Borders. The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation hosted Alash in several venues in Indiana. Shows followed in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Alash teamed up with Shodekeh in Baltimore, MD, and graced Washington DC with two concerts, including one at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Alash's April European tour began with performances in Norway and Denmark. In Dresden, Germany, they performed in the concert series "Musik zwischen den Welter" (Music between Worlds). Then on to the Czech Republic and Poland, and finally to Espoo, Finland, for the JuuriJuhla RotFest, where the world music magazine Songlines gave Alash a nice review.

2018

2018 Winter Tour of Russia

During the month of February 2018, Alash toured the Inner Asian republics of the Russian Federation. In the spring, Alash traveled through the midwestern and southeastern US, presenting concerts and educational programs. They also began a year-long collaboration with the Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative chamber music group dedicated to crossing musical boundaries. The Fifth House musicians visited Alash in Tuva, and in July they performed with Alash in Kyzyl and Moscow.

Festival Musique du Bout du Monde

Sunrise performance, Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
(video)

In August, Alash returned to North America for concerts and festivals in the US and Québec, Canada. These included a Tribal Rhythms gathering in upstate New York, the Riverside Concerts World Music Series in Minnesota, and the Zones Musicales festival in Laval, Québec. Their most unusual performance was an outdoor concert at sunrise in Forillon National Park, Gaspé, Québec, on a cliff by the sea, for the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde.

A fall European tour brought Alash to France, Italy and Austria, and culminated in a four-day music camp in the French Pyrenees.

2017

Passim

Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

During the 2017 winter tour of the US and in keeping with their mission to educate Western audiences about Tuvan throat singing and Tuvan culture, Alash appeared on Science Friday in a segment called The Science of of Tuvan Throat Singing, which aired on NPR on March 10, 2017. They were also reunited with their friends Hazmat Modine, Shodekeh, Jeff Coffin, and Victor "Futureman" Wooten.

The summer US 2017 tour was a whirlwind of festivals, from the Unifier Roots Gathering in Lunenberg, MA to California Worldfest in Grass Valley, CA, with a few club performances in between. At Joe's Pub in New York City they teamed up with Andrew Sheron to create TuvaGrass, a blending of Tuvan and Bluegrass music. One memorable moment was Ana's impromptu clogging to the singing and xomus playing of Ayan-ool Sam. (The clogging starts halfway through the video.)

Guanajuato 2017

Alash in Templo de la Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico

In October 2017, Alash toured Mexico for the first time. They performed in the ornate 18th century Templo de la Valenciana in Guanajuato as part of the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the most important international artistic and cultural event in Mexico and Latin America. Other Mexican destinations included Baja California Sur, Mexico City, and a cultural festival in Sinaloa. In the US, they performed at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, sponsored by the World Music Institute; collaborated with beat boxer Shodekeh at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland; participated in the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina; and played at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.

2016

TEDxBaltimore

Alash started their 2016 tour by giving a TED talk/performance at the TEDxBaltimore Outlier Conference. They were joined by their friend and frequent collaborator, the beatboxer Shodekeh. After the TED talk, Alash raced up to NY to participate in the APAP conference. Then they crisscrossed back and forth between the East Coast and the Midwest, giving concerts and conducting school workshops. Despite an unusually cold night, they packed the house at the Dweck Center in Brooklyn, NY (the center had to bring in folding chairs, and people stood in the aisles) and they received a standing ovation. Alash ended the tour at the University of Chicago, and then embarked on the three-day trip back to Kyzyl.

WOMAD UK 2016 (The World's Music Festival) was the first stop on Alash's fall tour. After WOMAD, Alash performed in and around London for a week before heading to the US and the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing, Michigan. The band then journeyed back forth between the Midwest and the East, and up and down the East Coast giving concerts and workshops and appearing at the Purple Pig Music Festival in Naples, New York as well as the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine. They concluded the tour at the 2016 World Music festival in Shanghai, China.

2015

2015 poster UK
Bady-Dorzhu Ondar in BBC studio

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar in BBC studio
photo by James Birtwistle

Early in the spring tour, Alash released their third studio album, Achai (Father), dedicated to the late Kongar-ool Ondar, whom they regard as their musical father. To celebrate, Creative Alliance hosted a special concert in Baltimore featuring Alash, beatboxer Shodekeh, who is a guest artist on the album, and other special guests. Alash also introduced Tuvan music to thousands of new fans during their month-long residency at the Festival of Nations at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The tour concluded with eight days in the UK, where they performed six concerts and appeared on World On 3, BBC Radio 3's world music program. (listen)

In their busy fall tour, Alash crisscrossed the continental United States. One new destination was Troy, Alabama, where they performed at Troy University, a senior center, and several schools. One group of schoolchildren was so excited that they wouldn't let the band leave until every child had an autograph. The tour ended with an appearance at the 28th Annual Chinggis Khan Memorial Ceremony, hosted by the Mongol American Cultural Association.

2014

The spring US tour included the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, Texas, and Tennessee. In Baltimore, Alash again teamed up with beatboxer Shodekeh, and they conducted a special workshop at Victor Wooten's music camp, Center for Music and Nature in Only, Tennessee, outside of Nashville.

Beijing poster

In June, Alash brought their Tuvan music to Beijing for the first time. They performed at Mako Live House (麻雀瓦舍), the Central Conservatory of Music (中央音乐学院), and Minzu University (中央民族大学), among other venues.

In July, Alash participated in the First China Xöömei Festival, the first festival of traditional Asian overtone singing (呼麦) to be held in China. The festival, jointly organized by Tuva and China, took place in the city of Manzhouli, just across the Siberian border with Russia, slightly east of Inner Mongolia. Participants came from Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, China, Tuva, Altai, Khakass, and one each from Spain, Australia, Japan and the USA. Alash won First Prize and Chirgilchin won Grand Prix.

Later in July, Alash returned to Kyzyl for the 7th International Throat Singing Symposium and Festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tuva and the International Research Centre for Xöömei. This year's festival was dedicated to the late Kongar-ool Ondar. Ethnomusicologists and performers from around the world gathered to celebrate the wide diversity of throat singing cultures in the regions of Inner Asia, Siberia and beyond.

Ayan-ool, Ayan, Dali Lama

Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik greet
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

photo © Brian Lima Photography

During the fall US tour, Alash was honored to participate in the conference Change Makers for a Better World, Conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The conference, sponsored by The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, was held on October 31 in Cambridge, MA. A high point was the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama in person. Another highlight of the tour was a joint performance with the legendary group Huun Huur Tu in Pittsburgh. On a lighter note, while Bady-Dorzhu Ondar waited for his bayan to be repaired in Philadelphia, he gave an impromptu performance at Liberty Bellows.

To finish the year, Alash celebrated its 15th anniversary with a special concert in Kyzyl, Tuva, on 20 December 2014.

2013

Carnegie Hall ticket

Fire and ice ushered in the spring tour. First, customs officials at Boston's Logan Airport confiscated and burned Alash's duyuglar and xapchyk, two traditional Tuvan percussion instruments made from animal parts. Then the February 2013 blizzard assailed the Northeast, and the first three concerts had to be canceled. Finally things started to look up. Alash made their first appearance at Carnegie Hall, where they received two standing ovations. Then they traveled along the Atlantic seaboard, through the Midwest, and into Texas. One of their more interesting collaborations was a jam session with the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, a hip-hop group dedicated to experimentation and dialogue with other forms of music.

In the summer, Sean Quirk served as curator of the Tuvan delegation to the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. The theme was One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage, and Sean was honored to work with another of the festival's curators, the renowned linguist K. David Harrison of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. Alash itself was not at the Festival.

poster 2013
Shodekeh

Shodekeh at Le Poisson Rouge in NY
photo © Nicole Renee Photography

The fall 2013 tour included the first ever three-way collaboration of Alash, American roots band Hazmat Modine, and beatboxer Shodekeh in a high-energy and very unusual concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Alash also collaborated with bassist Garth Stevenson and singer Annie Lynch in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As always, they conducted workshops at schools, bringing a taste of Tuvan culture to American youngsters.

2012

Alash at a primary school

Children listen to Alash at a primary school in York, PA
(photo by Steve Davis of Davis Graphical)

The 2012 tour began with a series of workshops in schools, introducing American youngsters to Tuvan music and culture. Next came performances throughout the West and Midwest, many of them at colleges and universities. Alash wrapped up their spring tour with a lively concert in New York City that blended several music genres, joining forces with bassist Garth Stevenson, singer Annie Lynch, and beatboxer Shodekeh.

2011

Ayan-ool Sam at Le Poisson Rouge, 2011

Ayan-ool Sam in 2011
photo © David Aronson

Alash started their spring season with a concert at the American Center in Moscow. They then traveled to the UK, where they kicked-off their tour by performing at a football match. Next they went to the US, where they traveled through Western and Midwestern states presenting concerts and workshops and performing at festivals. On the morning of May 15 in Albuquerque, NM, they got an unpleasant surprise. Overnight their car had been broken into, and all their instruments were gone (news report). Fortunately, they were able to finish the tour using borrowed instruments. By the end of the tour, Alash's latest CD, Buura, was released.

During their fall US tour, Alash traveled up and down the east coast and westward to Pennsylvania. Audiences were treated to songs from Alash's new album, Buura. Their full schedule of concerts, workshops, radio and TV appearances included collaborations with members of the American band The Horse Flies and bassist Garth Stevenson.

2010

As winter turned to early spring, Alash traveled through the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Texas, giving concerts and conducting workshops at schools and colleges for almost three months. The Princeton Arts Council posted a video of their performance, and Abigail Mahnke of KOOP 91.7FM in Austin, Texas conducted an extensive interview with Sean Quirk about his life in Tuva for her show "Inner Views." The group ended its tour with a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, when the city was recovering from serious floods.

Konya Mystic Music Festival logo

In September, Alash took part in the 7th Annual Mystic Music Festival in Konya, Turkey. This international festival strives to introduce mystical music traditions of the world while promoting interaction and communication among various faiths by emphasizing mystic music. While in Turkey, Alash also performed in the nearby city of Karaman at the invitiation of the city's mayor. Then they briefly toured in Germany and the Czech Republic.

In December, Alash toured the west coast of Canada and the United States with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones to promote the Flecktone's holiday CD Jingle All the Way, on which Alash appeared as guest artists. The CD later won a Grammy Award.

2009

Alash started the spring of 2009 by participating in South By Southwest (SWSX), the popular music festival held annually in Austin, Texas (review). They performed at several other venues in Texas before heading north to Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. At the University of Connecticut they were not only the inspiration for Tuva Day but its main attraction. Next they traveled west to Wisconsin and Illinois, where they gave concerts and workshops at the University of Chicago's International House and other schools.

Alash poster 2009

In June, Ayan-ool Sam and Sean Quirk were among the international experts teaching new vocal techniques to Roomful of Teeth, a twelve-voice ensemble that seeks to learn a wide a range of vocal techniques from different cultures and incorporate them into new vocal music. See a video of Ayan-ool with yodeler Kerry Christensen.

Further into the summer, Alash toured the US from Vermont to Virginia. They appeared at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC, the Grassroots Festival (video), and the Lowell Folk Festival (video1, video2). In Philadelphia they collaborated with friends from the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Rotunda. They appeared live on two public radio stations, and they taught an intensive three-day workshop at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Members of the Roomful of Teeth, who had studied with Ayan-ool Sam and Sean Quirk in June, came to meet and hear the entire ensemble play to a standing-room-only crowd at Barbès in Brooklyn.

Bela Fleck with Alash

The Flecktones and Alash  •  photo by Brent Martin (2009)

Returning to the US in December, Alash toured the Midwest and South with the legendary American band Béla Fleck & the Flecktones to promote their holiday CD Jingle All the Way, which features Alash as guest artists. The reviewer for the Denver Post wrote, “As electrifying as the Flecktones’ performance was, the band were nearly upstaged by Alash Ensemble, a quartet of throat singers from Tuva.” Read full reviews in the Denver Post, The Capital Times, and the Star Tribune. See also videos from the tour.

2008

Marquee of the Grand in Ellsworth, ME

Grand Theater marquee, Ellsworth, Maine
photo by Ed Michaud

In a whirlwind January tour of the northeastern US, Alash gave a concert or conducted a workshop (sometimes both) every day for 21 days straight. They played to packed houses in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, New Haven, Ithaca, New York, and Ellsworth, Maine. At the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alash collaborated with a string quartet, playing music arranged by Ayana Samiyaevna Mongush, director of the Tuvan National Orchestra. In Philadelphia they joined forces with their friends the Extra Special Terrestrial Guests. At the New England Conservatory, they visited music theory classes and presented a superb lecture/performance. At a workshop at Yale University, they were overwhelmed by the number of students who wanted to try throat singing. In Vermont, Maine, and New York, they shared their music and culture with elementary, middle and high school students.

Alash returned to the US at the end of the year to present concerts and school workshops in Texas, the Midwest, and the Northeast (see video of Alash singing for a kindergarten class), and they collaborated with their friends the Extra Special Terrestrial Guests in Philadelphia (listen). Highlighting this tour were joint appearances with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones to promote Jingle All the Way, the new Flecktones CD featuring Alash as guest artists. Most people in these audiences were hearing Tuvan throat singing for the first time, and they went wild for Alash.

2007

Make Music New York 2007

Make Music New York festival (2007)

In spring 2007 Alash returned to the US to present concerts and workshops in schools and colleges on the east coast, in the Midwest, South, and Texas. One school principal in Texas reported that children were trying to throat-sing while walking through the halls. Alash also performed at charity events and music festivals (see video clips of Alash at the Make Music New York festival). In Washington DC and elsewhere, Alash shared the stage with the American jazz band Extra Special Terrestrial Guests (listen). The DC performance was reviewed by the Washington Post, which described Alash as “utterly stunning” and quipped that after the performance the audience “picked their jaws up off the floor.” During this tour, Alash also released their second CD, called simply Alash.

Sean Quirk and Vladimir Putin

Sean Quirk meets Vladimir Putin

In Tuva in August, Alash, Chirgilchin, and Oktai were the featured performers at a private concert for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Albert II of Monaco. The two leaders were in Por-Bazhyn, Tuva, to see the archaeological excavation of a fortress. They were treated to an evening of traditional Tuvan music, and Putin was quite amazed by the throat singing. Sean Quirk performed with Alash and even sang a solo in the kargyraa style. Afterwards, he chatted with the President. (video)

2006

Alash's first tour of the US was in February and March, 2006. Their visit was sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. CEC ArtsLink hosted the musicians during their stay. Accompanied by their mentor Kongar-ool Alash, the group played to sell-out crowds of enthusiastic fans. The tour was initially scheduled for three weeks of performances in New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, but it was so successful that it was extended to include additional concerts and workshops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Kongar-ool Ondar, Mai-ool Sedip, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, Ayan Shirizhik, Sean Quirk, 2006

Kongar-ool Ondar, the members of Alash, and Sean Quirk on stage in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
photo by John O'Hara, Whitefish Bay Herald (2006)


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