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Alash EnsembleAlash, a world-renowned Tuvan musical ensemble famous for throat-singing, will perform at UT on Tuesday, October 15.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the Sandra Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard. It is free and open to the public.

Earlier that day, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., Alash will host a workshop/master class in the band room. This event is open to students, faculty, and community members.

Tuvan throat singing is a unique practice where multiple pitches emanate simultaneously from a single performer’s voice.

Alash’s visit to Knoxville is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology. The group is from the Republic of Tuva, a tiny Central Asian nation. Since its first tour of the United States in 2006, the group has appeared on dozens of college campuses. It has performed at major music festivals, including Bonnaroo and South by Southwest, and collaborated with a wide range of prominent artists, from the Sun Ra Arkestra to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

“The Tuvan throat-singing style was rarely heard in the West before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but has since become popular among aficionados of traditional music and first-time listeners alike,” said Rachel May Golden, UT associate professor and coordinator of musicology. “The ensemble’s visit to UT offers students, faculty, and members of the Knoxville community the opportunity to experience this music firsthand. Listeners new to this practice often describe the sound of Tuvan throat singing as eerie, haunting, meditative, or supernatural.”

The School of Music and the Ready for the World initiative are sponsoring the event.


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