ORIGAN, horse-head fiddle and throat singer
BURGED, long-necked lute and throat singer
WANG YUAMYUAN, singer
The traditional music and dances of Mongolia are highly distinctive for their wide range of instruments, overtone singing techniques, and forms of dancing that emphasize upper body movement. In overtone singing (Khöömii in Mongol; Changdiao in Chinese), the singer produces two vocal sounds at one time by altering the shape of their pharynx and tongue to produce multiple pitches. The horse-head fiddle (Morin Khuur in Mongol, maotoqin in Chinese), is an ancient instrument two-stringed bowed folk lute that features a horses head carved into its crown. It is said to produce a sound that calls to mind wild horses and the sounds of the grasslands. Mongolian dances emphasize the movement of the upper body, using the shoulders and wrist-flicks to imitate actions of animals and people on the grasslands. These dances often originated in religious rituals that expressed tribal and ethnic identity.
Dont miss this rare and wonderful opportunity to meet these distinguished artists and to experience the artistic expression of a culture unfamiliar to many. This performance is made possible by support from the Luce Foundation, the department of history at CMC, and the Athenaeum.