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ALASH ENSEMBLE

Trio of Master Throat Singers of Tuva

A talented trio of folk musicians - Ayan-ool Sam, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, and Ayan Shirizhik.  A trio has been performing traditional Tuvan folk music from their childhood and evolved in successful musicians who have won a number of top international awards in various international throat singing competitions and festivals. Alash has been performing on the top world’s stages around the globe for the last 20 years and always receives outstanding reviews from their audience. It’s a new generation of Tuvan throat singers who mesh well the sounds of traditional music with the western ideas giving contemporary feel to the traditional Tuvan melodies.

NICOLAI OORZHAK

Hereditary Shaman

Master Throat Singer of Tuva

Nicolai Oorzhak, a well known shaman and a throat singer, will share the secrets of spiritual healing though the sounds of Khӧӧmei. Nicolai uses throat singing during his shamanistic practices for a number of years. Tuvan shamans believe that Khӧӧmei is a healing sound of nature. Song is an essential part of shamanic culture, the most natural and available way of communication with one’s inner part and spirits. Shamans believe that singing empowers humans conscious and frees the energy, that human voice is a natural resonator, an instrument for transformations and self-healing. Nikolai will share some knowledge on how to revive the lost ability to self heal and transform.

CHIRGILCHIN

Master Throat Singers of Tuva

The group consists of Igor Koshkendey, Mongun-ool Ondar, Aydyn Byrtaan-ool and Aidysmaa Koshkendey. The group mainly performs traditional Tuvan throat singing. The word Chirgilchin has two translations: "dance of the air in the heat of the day" and "miracle". Chirgilchin's music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people. Established in 1996, the group has won a number of highest awards and is definitely one of the champions in Tuvan Throat Singing.