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  •  BAND: URAGSHA

    Uragsha

    Four singers, eight voices

    Uragsha brings its astounding Siberian-style polyphonic throat singing to New York listeners.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com

    Siberia may not be the first locale that springs to mind when thinking of places where great music comes from but it happens to be where a fantastic musical ensemble calls home.

      
    URAGSHA
    Sayan and Erzhena Zhambalov
    Battuvshin and Badmahanda Aiusheyeva.

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    On April 6, the World Music Institute will present a concert at Symphony Space by Urgasha, a group from the Buryat Republic in eastern Siberia that features remarkable throat singing. There are few musical sounds as unique and captivating as throat singing. This unusual vocal technique (also known as harmonic or overtone singing) involves a single singer producing two notes simultaneously and the resulting deep whistling sound is mystical and haunting.

    Aside from the vocals, the musicians in Urgasha play limbe (cross flute), khun khun (plucked swan-headed lute), morin khyr (horse-head fiddle) and khese (shaman drum). Members of the ensemble also wear elaborate traditional costumes.

    The members of Urgasha are Sayan and Erzhena Zhambalov, Battuvshin and Badmahanda Aiusheyeva. The Zhambalovs are celebrated artists at the Buryat National Theater in Ulan Ude and in 1995 they were awarded the prize at the International Contest of Singers in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Battuvshin was a Gold Medalist at the International Folk Music Festival iin Korea and the Grand Prize winner at the all-Mongolian flute contest. Badmahanda Aiusheyeva is often viewed as the best young singer of traditional Buryat songs and has won awards as well. In recent years, Urgasha has appeared at Joe's Pub and LaMama and this appearance uptown should be a treat.

    APRIL 3, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


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