Alash Ensemble of Tuva

April 30, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

“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

The award-winning Alash Ensemble of Tuva is bringing the beautiful and exotic sounds of their Asian homeland to Brattleboro (tickets here). The members of Alash — Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik — are masters of the ancient tradition of throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches simultaneously. They also play a variety of Tuvan traditional instruments, contributing to an overall musical experience that a Washington Post review described as “absolutely stunning.”

Alash are keepers of an ancient musical tradition developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, people who lived in yurts, rode horses, and had a close spiritual relationship with nature. Since 2006 they have been sharing their rich, unique musical heritage with audiences around the globe.

“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.” — VOICES, Lancaster, PA

“This is some of the most beautiful and haunting music I have heard. If you have not heard them, you have no idea how incredible they are.” — Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band

TICKETS: Advance ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.