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Tuvan throat singers will share their unique musical talent at Dordt College

March 7, 2012

Master throat singers Alash will wow the crowd at Dordt College with an ancient style of singing that most westerners have never heard. The quartet from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, will share its unique talent in a 50-minute presentation at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

The ancient art of throat singing was developed among nomadic herdsman and was traditionally done outdoors where singers would mimic and interact with the sounds found in nature including the cries of a camel, the whistling of a bird, and the bubbling of streams. A single voice can produce two, three, or even four pitches simultaneously.

The award-winning Alash ensemble took its name from the Alash River which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva. Members of the ensemble were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood where they first learned the art of throat singing from their families. Their education took them all to Kyzyl Arts College where they formed the ensemble.

The group will be performing during Dordt’s Music of Non-Western Cultures class, but the performance is open to the community. More information about Alash, as well as samples of their music, can be found at

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