A 14-member Mongolian music ensemble rode through with its magnificent music at the “Madame Guitar” festival, Tricesimo, Italy.
Just when you thought
that you’ve seen it all in the world of music, along comes a 14-member
Mongolian music ensemble to grace your ears.
The “Morin Khuur State Ensemble” from Mongolia performed at Tricesimo’s highly
popular “Madame Guitar” international acoustic guitar festival, now in its 6th
The ensemble itself is
the country’s most prestigious state orchestra, which is made up of 13 male and
female musicians plus one extraordinary soprano. The group’s classical Mongolian instruments
are rather particular and include rather unique names such as “morin khuur”,
“ikh khur”, “yatga” and “yochin”.
The singing style,
especially for the men, is also extremely particular and is known as
“double-phonic” (called “khoomii”), a rather unique way of signing from deep within
the throat. The “urtyn duu” (or “long
song”) method is also used during certain pieces. The men appear to be so good at it that they
make this type of singing appear rather effortless.
The musicians’ particular
costumes, as well as the music which is reminiscent of hearing the stampeding
of wild horses, takes the audience back centuries to the glorious days of the formerly
grand Mongolian empire.
The group’s performance
surprised all those present given the “tightness” of the musicians: there was
not a single note or movement that was out of place, including the soprano’s
performance “à-la-Maria Callas” (all pics by M. Rimati)!
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