Throat singing comes to Burlington

Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. Courtesy photo
Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. Courtesy photo

Young Tradition Vermont and New City Galerie will bring three of the most fascinating musicians in the world to New City Galerie at 132 Church Street in Burlington for an intimate, acoustic concert at 7pm on Sunday, Jan. 24. Doors will open at 6:30pm for general admission seating.

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation.

Reservations suggested. No advance tickets. Reservations are required for limited chair seating. To reserve a spot, contact mark.sustic@gmail.com. Suggested donation is $20. Reservations are highly recommended. More information about Young Tradition Vermont at www.youngtraditionvermont.org or on Facebook.