viernes, 31 de julio de 2015

Egschiglen - Gereg

Egschiglen are a Mongolian Folk band, formed in Ulan Bator in 1991. In English Egschiglen means "Beautiful Melody", and they are one of very few traditional Mongolian bands to have become popular in the rest of the World. Right from the beginning, Egschiglen set the focus of their artistic work on contemporary music. They systematically explored the sound dimensions of works by classical-modernist Mongolian composers, using traditional instruments from Mongolia and Central Asian including the morin khuur (a violin with two strings made of horse hair), tobshuur (a lute symbolizing a swan's throat as neck), joochin, bass, percussion and singing techniques like khöömii throat singing.

Their music is characterized by the delicacy and transparency of chamber music, but also by its deeply natural, compelling force. In Egschiglen’s performances, tunes from shamanist or Buddhist tradition, which are common in Central Asia, impress through their diversity of expression and their intricate arrangements.

The musicians also experiment with balancing acts between diverse cultures: in the course of the years, Egschiglen participated in a number of cooperation projects with musicians from various cultural areas. Furthermore, in a relaxed attitude, they present the latest finds from their adopted home, Franconia: traditional song material from the Altmühl valley, arranged as a Mongolian khoomii / morin khuur crossover, which the band has released on their recent album Gereg.

Members of the band are: Tumenbayar Migdorj, Tumursaihan Yanlav, Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir, Amartuwshin Baasandorj, Sarangerel Tserevsamba, who are accompanied for live concerts by the female dancer Ariuanaa Tserendavaa.

Tume – Tumenbayar Migdorj - morin khuur (violin), vocals
Tumruu - Tumursaikhan Janlav - morin khuur (violin), aman khuur (violin), vocals
Uugan – Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir - ih khuur (double bass)
Boogi – Batbold Wandansenge – percussion, denshig, vocals (female)
Amra – Amartuwshin Basaandorj – khöömii vocals (lead male vocals)
Saran – Sarangerel Tserevsamba - yoochin (dulcimer), percussion, vocals (lead female vocals)

01. Hunnu (3:24)
02. Govin Magtaal (4:34)
03. Duuren Zaan (3:57)
04. Aisui Hulgiin Tuvurguun (4:02)
05. Jaran Zagaan Aduu (5:47)
06. Meeneg (2:51)
07. Nutgiin Zamd (3:47)
08. Huurhun Haliun (5:17)
09. Uran Has Baletiin Adagio (3:29)
10. Byan Hishig Daa Tam (3:28)
11. Udelt (3:08)
12. Shigshergiin ai (2:30)
13. Chamaigaa Gelgui Yahav (2:03)
14. Zezegtei Harmai (5:02)
15. Bonus Track: Bau’rin (hat die Katz verlor’n) (2:56)

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