Tuvan Throat Singers Alash Ensemble
April 30, 2010
Tickets are $20/Door
“A Night of Strange Music”
The tiny republic of Tuva is a giant when it comes to mastery of the human voice. Tuvan throat singers can produce two, three, sometimes even four pitches simultaneously.
"Imagine a human bagpipe – a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally – by the same person, at the same time." — Newsweek (March 17, 2006)
In addition to throat singing, Alash are master musicians, accompanying themselves on centuries-old stringed, percussive, and wind instruments. An emcee/interpreter shares insight into the Tuvan culture and its music.
The band has performed in the U.S. at Lincoln Center, SXSW Music Fest, Kennedy Center, Grass Roots Festival, New England Conservatory of Music, and stages across the country. In 2008 and 2009, they toured with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and contributed to their Grammy-winning holiday CD.
“These guys are absolutely amazing,” said a member of V.O.I.C.E.S. (Various Organizations and Individuals Creating Exciting Spaces) who helped organize the event in Lancaster. “You won’t believe your eyes. Or your ears.”
The music, however, is not for everyone. “If you are afraid of new or different kinds of music, or other cultures, you better stay home,” he cautioned. “But if you want to experience music that can transport you to another dimension, lift you to new levels of consciousness, or otherwise blow your mind – then Alash is the ticket.”
Come out and enjoy Tea with the Tuvans (or coffee) and cakes provided by Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli. Browse the gallery and view Asian-related artwork, plus artwork of the band created by PA College of Art & Design students.
Doors open at 7pm April 30. Alash Ensemble concert 8pm. Tickets are $20 at the Door.
Note: Advance tickets that were sold may be picked up the evening of the concert. Bring your PayPal purchase confirmation with you.
To learn more about Alash throat singers visit www.alashensemble.com.