Mongolian throat singers ready to entertain on Skye
Venue: Sabhal Mor Ostaig
A group of traditional Mongolian musicians are heading for Skye at the end of the month.
Anda Union are coming to SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig as part of their 22-venue tour of the UK in a bid to raise awareness of the threats to their grasslands habitat and celebrate their unique musical culture.
Anda Union's thoroughly addictive and accessible fusion of Mongolian musical styles draws directly from the band's roots in the differing ethnic nomadic cultures.
The nine members are keenly aware of the threat climate change and modernity is posing to their ancient grasslands and Mongolian culture and are bound by a mission to promote the essence of their music to the world.
Anda Union are accomplished singers, moving fluently from hoomai, the guttural throat song, to the clear long notes of ortinduu, long-song. They play multiple instruments including the morin huur, the maodun chaoer, a three-holed flute, as well as Mongolian versions of the lute, and mouth harp.
Mongols have a strong musical tradition that is passed from generation to generation. The morin huur, or horse head fiddle, pays homage to the most important animal in the Mongol culture: almost all houses have a morin huur hanging in the hallway.
Formed in 2000 the band trained in traditional Mongolian music from a young age, many coming from musical families. They are leaders in a musical movement finding inspiration in the old music. Driven to preserve an endangered way of life by keeping their music alive, as a group they hold on to the essence of Mongolian music whilst creating a form of music that is new.
They have influenced a generation of young Mongolians in Inner Mongolia as traditional music flourishes in the capital, Hohhot.
SEALL creative director, Duncan MacInnes, said: "This visit is a major coup for SEALL. We are almost the only community space the group is visiting in its 22-venue tour of the UK and we are delighted to have secured them for a performance on Skye.
"We believe it is important to present world music to our audiences to complement our programme of theatre, dance, trad music, comedy and children's shows.
"Anda Union is part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in their country's old and forgotten songs. They are committed to keeping Mongolia's cultural heritage alive and relevant to the 21st century.
"We are delighted to be hosting them in what is going to be a great concert and hope the people of Skye will come out and support them on the night."
Anda Union come to TDC main hall on Thursday, 31 May at 7.30pm. There will be a workshop at the venue at 2pm where participants can learn, amongst other things, the unique style of traditional Mongolian throat singing.
Further information and tickets from www.seall.co.uk.
- 2018-05-31 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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