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Tuvan Vocal Trio Alash Brings the Ancient Tradition of Throat-Singing to Zankel Hall, February 16 at 10:00 p.m.

The critically-acclaimed all-male Tuvan throat-singing ensemble Alash makes its Zankel Hall debut on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 p.m. The ensemble, which features a trio of master throat singers and multi-instrumentalists—Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, and Ayan Shirizhik—hails from Tuva (a small republic in the heart of Central Asia). The group is known for its throat-singing technique that stretches back generations, inspired by master musicians of Central Asia. This performance is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute, and is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Tuva’s best known musical genre is the ancient tradition of throat singing—a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time, resulting in an effect that has been compared to that of a bagpipe. The singer starts with a low drone, and through subtle vocal manipulations is able to break up the sound, amplifying one or more overtones to a point that they can be heard as additional pitches. Throat-singing, developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, was traditionally done outdoors, and was only recently brought into the concert hall. Singers use their voices to mimic and interact with the sounds of the natural world — whistling birds, bubbling streams, howling wolves, and wind.

Prior to Alash’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit

About The Artists
Alash takes its name from the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva. Inspired by the music of their grandparents, great-grandparents, and the great musicians of Tuva and Central Asia, the Alash members have also been influenced by such Western artists as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. As college students, the singers learned about Western music and began to practice on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments while listening to new trends coming out of America. They began introducing the guitar and the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside traditional Tuvan instruments, and experimenting with new harmonies and song structures that has produced an intriguing mixture of old and new.

Program Information
Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall


Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

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