Alash October 20, 8:00 pm

in The Crown at The Carolina!

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip.

Beyond performing, Alash has a passion for teaching and promoting understanding between cultures. Their tours often include workshops where they introduce Tuvan music to students from primary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, and music conservatories. Children as young as 8 and 9 have learned to throat-sing. As one student exclaimed, “Alash opened my eyes to a whole new world!”

Alash has released four CDs of its own: Alash Live at the Enchanted Garden (2006), Alash (2007), Buura (2011), and Achai (2015, re-released on Smithsonian Folkways in 2017).

The members of Alash are:
Bady-Dorzhu Ondar: vocals, igil, guitar.
Ayan-ool Sam: vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar.
Ayan Shirizhik: vocals, kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu, xomus.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
A $1 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.
NC Sales Tax is included in the price of each ticket.

Guests can also opt to have tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick tickets up at will call for no additional charge.

Please note: There is an additional $3.50 per ticket service fee on web purchases. To avoid this charge, guests can call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336-333-2605 Monday through Friday from noon until 5PM, or visit the Carolina Theatre in person.