ALASH – Throat Singers from the Republic of Tuva

ALASH Ensemble is located in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva, a tiny republic Alash-2014-circle-thumblocated in Central Asia within the Russian Federation. The ensemble is named for the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva.

ALASH is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) and masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well. The ancient art of throat singing developed among the nomadic herdsman of this region. ALASH remains grounded in the Tuvan traditions while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West.

All ensemble members were trained in traditional Tuvan music since their childhood. They learned throat singing first from their families, later studied from master throat singers. National musical instruments they studied at the Kyzyl Arts College and at the East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art in Kyzyl.

Alash wins the Grand Prize at 1st Russian World Music Awards 2018! Best World Music group in Russia!

The trio:

Bady-Dorzhu Ondar

bady-dorzhu_ondar_2016_hiHe was born in the small village of Iyme and at the age of four discovered by Kongar-ool Ondar who took him as a  student. He has a B.A. in National Instruments from the Kyzyl Arts College and a M.A. in Conducting Folk Orchestras from the East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Arts in Kyzyl. Bady-Dorzhu Ondar toured in Russia, Europe, Canada and United States and has won several awards. He specializes in the kargyraa style of throat singing and is especially talented on the Igil and the Guitar. In 2007, he was named a People’s Xöömeizhi (throat singer) of the Republic of Tuva, the youngest person ever to receive this prestigious award.

Ayan-ool Sam

ayan-ool_sam_2016_thumbHe was born in the Erzin Kozhuun region of Tuva. When he was in the fourth grade, he began to study with Kongar-ool Ondar at the Republic School for Arts in Kyzyl. After completing a B.A. in National Instruments at the Kyzyl Arts College, he continued his studies at the Moscow State Pedagogical University and at the East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Arts in Kyzyl. Ayan-ool Sam toured in Russia, Europe and the United States and was awarded with first prize for throat singing at the 2008 Xöömei Symposium. In 2015, he was named a People’s Xöömeizhi (throat singer) of the Republic of Tuva. He sings all styles of Tuvan throat singing and is best known for his exceptional Ezenggileer. He plays all the traditional Tuvan instruments, with particular emphasis on the Doshpuluur.

Ayan Shirizhik

ayan_shirizhik_2016_thumbHe was born in Bay-Haak and started singing when he was very young. When his family moved to Kyzyl he began studying and performing with Andrei Mongush, the singer from the group Huun-Huur-Tu. He completed a B.A. in National Instruments at the Kyzyl Arts College and an M.A. in Conducting Folk Orchestras from the East Siberia State Academy of Culture and Art in Kyzyl. Ayan Shirizhik toured in Russia, Europe and the United States and has won several awards. He sings all styles of Tuvan throat singing and is particularly noted for his mastery of Borbangnadyr. He plays all the traditional Tuvan instruments and is especially talented on the Kengirge.

Sean Quirk

Sean-thumbHe is the manager, producer and interpreter for ALASH. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin/USA. Sean’s passion for Tuvan music developed after hearing a Huun-Huur-Tu CD while he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sean set about learning xöömei and won a Fulbright fellowship to continue his studies in Tuva in 2003. The members of Alash have been his friends and instructors. He sometimes joins the group in encores at their performances. Sean and the other members of Alash are also members of the Tuvan National Orchestra.

Further information:

ALASH website
ALASH on Facebook

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