Altai-Hangai

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The "long song" of Mongolia

In their concerts, dances and ritual performances the four-man ensemble Altai-Hangal, founded in 1995 by Palamjev Childee, presents the classical traditions of Kazakstan´s nomadic music. The ensemble separated in the year 2000. Some of the musicians went to Europe, others stayed in Mongolia.
The Ensemble Altai-Hangal took its name from the Altai mountains and the Khangai steppe, the great natural conservation areas of western and central Mongolia. The group was founded in 1995 by Palamjev Childee.

The ensemble´s songs and instrumental pieces portray the nomadic life and its central motifs: horses, journeys, love over long distances, the seasons of the steppe. The performances of Altai-Hangal contain the three essential elements of Mongolian music: the morin khuur or horse-head violin, the koomi technique with which the singer produces both the melody and the bass at the same time, and the urtyn duu, the "long song" which does not refer to the length of the song but reflects the great expanse of the steppe and the contours of the mountains.

The musicians:

Palamjev Childee was born in 1959 in the Uvs province as son of a shepherd. The group´s singer and text writer also plays the tovshuur. He performs traditional and modern Mongolian dances as well as shamanist rituals.

Ganbold Muukha was born in 1970, also in the Uvs province. He comes from a family of camel herdsmen which has also produced a number of outstanding dancers, musicians and singers. He studied music at the Dance College in Ulaan Baatar where he now teaches. In the Altai-Hangal Ensemble he sings and plays the horse-head violin, piano, accordion and cello.

Ganzorig Nergui, born 1974 in Selenge, learned singing and bird-song imitation from his father. In the group he performs overtone singing and plays both the horse-head violin and the tsuur flute.

Byambakhishig Lhagva was born in 1974 in Gobi-Altai. He is the son of a woodcarver and long-song singer. He too is a singer and plays the horse-head violin.

The ensemble separated in the year 2000. Some of the musicians went to Europe, others stayed in Mongolia.

Works

Nariits Biilge / Let´s Dance

Published Audio,
2000
Pan Records

Gone With the Wind - Songs of Mongolian Steppes

Published Audio,
1996
WTE

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Festival of Traditional Music

(11 June 89 - 15 October 97)
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"Baltsin Kheer"

taken from the CD "Naariits Biilye - Let´s dance!"
Pan Records
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