Alash are masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. 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. Masters of their craft, Alash specializes in educational outreach & residencies as a means of helping audiences connect with their music, culture and heritage.. instead of simply exoticizing it.
With the skill & knowledge of manager & interpreter, Sean Quirk, an American-born Fulbright Scholar living in Tuva for over a decade, Alash is equipped to offer a variety of different outreach formats ranging from single sessions to multi-week residencies on a variety of topics including one-on-one instrumental master classes, group demonstrations of throat singing, cultural presentations, and storytelling for children. Outreach packages are customizable for groups of any size & audiences of all ages.
We are happy to work with you to create a custom outreach package tailored to suit to your audience, space, budget & interests.
Examples of standard outreach packages:
Single Session (45 minutes to 1 hour) The musicians work with students individually or in small groups.
•Mini-concert with explanations
•Demonstration of Tuvan instruments and throat singing
•Tuvan folk tales
Half-Day Visit: A morning or afternoon of four 45-minute sessions, allowing visits to additional classrooms or more time for individual and small group instruction.
Full-Day Visit: Morning session same as Half-Day Visit, followed by a concert in the afternoon.
Multi-Day Residency: All of the above, plus:
•More individual or small group instruction
•Students perform music with Alash
•Tuvan culture, history, geography, nomadic life
•Tuvan language and oral traditions
•Special projects (e.g., building a yurt, preparation of simple Tuvan foods)
For older and more advanced students:
•One-on-one instrument lessons
•Xöömei (throat singing) lessons