TUVA AND ITS MUSIC WITH ALASH ENSEMBLE
31/10/2018 | 7 PLACES LEFT
FULL BOARD: $1,429 (OR 4x $357)

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SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn Tuvan overtone singing (xöömei, sygyt, and kargyraa) from master throat singers
  • Study traditional Tuvan instruments, melodies and playing techniques
  • Learn about the history, geography, lifestyle and musicology of Tuva
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our Pro Tools recording studios, arts library, digital editing suites, dark room and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars
The music of Tuva has become well-known in the last 30 years, since the fall of the Soviet Union allowed Tuvan artists to travel abroad and share their unique music. Special attention has been given by world audiences to Tuva's incredible vocal music - xöömei, sygyt, and kargyraa, often called "throat singing" by non-Tuvan enthusiasts.

Alash Ensemble is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) - Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik. Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers, the trio have gone on to gain worldwide acclaim and win the most prestigious awards in Tuvan music.

At age four, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar was discovered by Kongar-ool Ondar, who took him on as a student. A few years later, Kongar-ool brought along his young protégé when he toured the United States, where they appeared on the David Letterman and Chevy Chase Shows. Since then, he has toured in Russia, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States, winning such acolades as best soloist at the 2005 All-Russian Festival of traditional ensembles and orchestras, and best in competition at the Maxim Dakpai xöömei competition in 2006. In 2007, he was named a People's Xöömeizhi (throat singer) of the Republic of Tuva, the youngest person ever to receive this prestigious award. At the 2008 Xöömei Symposium, Bady-Dorzhu was awarded the grand prize for throat singing. He specializes in the kargyraa style of throat singing, and is especially talented on the igil and the guitar - he's a big Hendrix fan.

Ayan-ool Sam began studying at a young age with Kongar-ool Ondar, later continuing his studies at the Moscow State Pedagogical University and at the East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art in Kyzyl. He has toured in Russia, Europe, and the United States, and was awarded first prize for throat singing at the 2008 Xöömei Symposium. In 2015, he was named a People's Xöömeizhi (throat singer) of the Republic of Tuva. He sings all styles of Tuvan throat singing and is best known for his exceptional ezenggileer. He plays all the traditional Tuvan instruments, with particular emphasis on the doshpuluur.

When the young Ayan Shirizhik's family moved to Kyzyl, he began studying and performing with Andrei Mongush, of the group Huun-Huur-Tu. After completing studies at the Kyzyl Arts College and East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art, he was awarded second prize for throat singing at the 2008 Xöömei Symposium, and in 2009 he was awarded the title "Distinguished Artist of Tuva." He sings all styles of Tuvan throat singing and is particularly noted for his mastery of borbangnadyr. He plays all the traditional Tuvan instruments and is especially talented on the kengirge.

The ensemble itself has been equally praised - it was awarded first prize in Tuva's International Xöömei Symposium competition in 2004. Even Alash's American manager and interpreter, Sean Quirk, was named a Merited Artist of Tuva for his contribution to Tuvan culture. In addition, Quirk and all Alash members play in the Tuvan National Orchestra.

In this course, the members of Alash Ensemble will strive to bring the students to a holistic understanding of Tuva through its music, teaching not only the vocal techniques required for production of xöömei, sygyt, kargyraa and other Tuvan types of vocal music but also Tuvan instruments such as xomus, doshpuluur, shoor, and igil. Additionally, Alash Ensemble members will illustrate the connection of Tuvan music to the language, nature, and way of life of Tuva. This five-day course provides a great opportunity for students to achieve real musical growth, especially in terms of the vocal music, as these styles require repetition over time to achieve progress. Sessions will take place indoors at CAMP, and outdoors in the beautiful mountain landscape.

Day 1 will cover an introduction to Tuvan music - who are the Tuvans? What is their history, their way of life? Vocal music - Xöömei, Sygyt, Kargyraa, Borbangnadyr, Ezengileer - will be introduced and demonstrated. Instruments will be introduced, and lyrics studied.

Day 2 will begin with a discussion of terminology, geography and musicology, before moving on continued work on vocal techniques, more instruments, and learning melodies. By the end of day 2, students will be articulating overtones in xöömei.

Day 3 will start with a discussion of the changes in Tuvan music since the revolution, before once again moving on to practice - articulating melodies with xöömei, and overtones with kargyraa. New melodies and songs will be learnt, and new instruments (igil, xomus, shoor) studied.

On day 4, after a discussion of the future of Tuvan music and culture, further practice and new instrumental studies will result in the singing of traditional Tuvan songs with xöömei, kargyraa and instrumental accompaniment.

The final day will review everything learnt so far, cover unanswered questions and introduce the advanced techniques of ezengileer and borbangnadyr. At the end of the session, a performance by students and teachers will be held.

IMPORTANT: BY SIGNING UP TO A COURSE (OR A PAYMENT SPLIT) ABOVE, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: OPEN TO EVERYONE, ALL LEVELS OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE WELCOME, FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: ONGOING ARTIST SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF MENTORING, PERFORMANCE AND RELEASE OPPORTUNITIES