The heart of group, Namgar whose name means "white cloud", grew up in a tiny village of Kunkur near the border crossing of Mongolia,at SIberia(Buryat Republic).
In the heart of Siberia, under bottomless blue sky, the songs sung by Namgar were born. She masters the mysteries of the great wide open, voices of spirits of mountains and forests. Love to the melodies sung by her granny and her father, the wish to maintain the tradition that is becoming extinct, brought her on festival stages around the world. She sings long songs and yokhor dance tunes, uliger legends of mighty champions, precise arrows, and swift horses, just as they used to sing ages ago, with music arranged so that the jewels of her singing were accessible on world music stage.
Last events we have participated are :
1)Globalfest in New York,in
January 10,2010.Webster Hall.
2)Kennedy centre.Washington.12 January 2010
3)Ontario Council of Folk festivals ,October 17(OCFF).
4)Norway in Riddu-Riddu Festival.
5)Summer tours in Canada and USA.(July,August 2010)
6)Summer tours in Canada((July,August 2011)
12 January 2010 The New York Times puts up a huge Namgar's photo in the article about globalFEST under a heading "A World of Fusions: Hot, Cool and Otherwise".
Namgar band can tour with two programmes :
1) in World Music ,
World music program - 5 or 6 musicians on the stage .
(Extremely exotic fusion of buryat-mongolian tradition and modern rock/electronic/jazz elements: Right in the city center,
you turn around the corner and see a yurt in the midst of grassland under
the bottomless blue sky, with spirit voices of mountains and forests haunting you)
2) Traditional buryat music playing only the traditional instruments.
Acoustic program -3 or 4 musicians .
In the acoustic program we play only the buryat-mongolian national tools and sing ancient songs of buryats.
One of the instruments we play is Morin-huur ( Mongolian musical instrument morin-huur received in 2005 the certificate
on the statement as a treasury of a cultural heritage of mankind
under UNESCO decision)
1.Namgar - lead vocal & yataga
2.Jipo - chanza, guitar, back vocal, throat singing
3.Dima - morin-huur, back vocal
4. bass, back vocal, throat singing
5.Vadim - drums & percussion
Namgar - Vocal, yataga
Jipo - Chanza, vocal
Dima - Morin khuur
Nikolaj Ksenofontov - Percussion
"The Dawn of the Foremothers" ,2012
"Nomad" , 2008
"Hatar" , 2003
"Nomad" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!http://www.radioindy.com/bands/6459/
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Namgar brings to life the timeless traditions of her family heritage on her album, "Nomad" which f...
Namgar brings to life the timeless traditions of her family heritage on her album, "Nomad" which features generous helpings of World Fusion. Namgar sings up a storm throughout this entire collection with a passionate voice that captures the ambiance of her melodic and interesting lyrics. Right from the first track, "Tunka" is steeped with razor sharp guitars while the edgy vocals bellow moving poetry. "Medley-Two Yokhors" is a tight, solid song with beautiful sound textures of World instruments. Showing her softer side with a more subdued vocal, "Orphan Camel Colt" is delicate and moody as Namgar displays a nice vocal range with beautiful dynamics. Her voice never overpowers as she projects emotive clarity which is polished and emits memorable subtleties as you can hear on "River Jaraahai." You will be caught in the rapture this talented and gifted artist has to offer on her wonderful CD, "Nomad."
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
A World of Fusions: Hot, Cool and Otherwise.January 7, 2010
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"With her band Namgar, the singer Namgar Lhasaranova, born in Russian Siberia to a family of Buryat ..."With her band Namgar, the singer Namgar Lhasaranova, born in Russian Siberia to a family of Buryat Mongolian shamans, sang old songs backed by a Mongolian cello (morin khuur) and a hard-rock band that at times suggested a Russian Jethro Tull. Her voice could be delicate or steely and penetrating; it sounded best when the band played least."
"As for exotica, how about Namgar? This rock ensemble from the Siberian steppe, which combines traditional and modern instruments, is named for its colorfully dressed lead singer, who seems almost a Mongolian version of Bjork."
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"Another U.S. debut, this time with music fromBurayts and Mongolians. The lead singer was born in a ..."Another U.S. debut, this time with music fromBurayts and Mongolians. The lead singer was born in a small village near the borders of Tibet, Russia and China, and she strives to preserve the folk music of her ancestors-music that easily could become extinct. There is an overlay of rock and jazz, which gives the music a modern sensibility."
A World of Music
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"My favorite band--or at least the band that surprised me the most by combining styles I never imagi..."My favorite band--or at least the band that surprised me the most by combining styles I never imagined I'd hear together--was Namgar, a band I didn't get to draw. Namgar is from Russia and combines Mongolian folk singing with a sound you wouldn't be surprised to hear emerging from Iron Maiden's amps. Namgar was lush, epic, gorgeous and completely unexpected, which is exacly the sort of thing I have come to expect from Global Fest."
ricepapermagazine.ca.JULY 20, 2010
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There’s a kind of music that conjures up images of clear blue skies, horses roaming an emerald-colou...There’s a kind of music that conjures up images of clear blue skies, horses roaming an emerald-coloured horizon. It’s the traditional music of the Buryats, an ethnic Russian minority that practices Tibetan shamanism and lives a nomadic lifestyle similar to their cousins in Mongolia. This rich tradition of music is what Namgar (“white cloud” in Tibetan), a Moscow-based music group, has been working hard to preserve.
Led by prolific singer Namgar Lhasaranova, whose petite and girlish frame houses a powerful voice, the group plays traditional Buryat songs that tell ancient legends of epic heroes, legendary beauties, and the grassy landscapes of southern Siberia.
Ricepaper caught up with the group after their performance at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to ask about their music.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/41137/.August 17, 2010
"White Cloud weaves Mongolian folk with American rock"
Music transcends language barrier.August 24, 2011 8:00 AM
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While Russian-speaking Namgar Lhasaranova might seem a little tentative onstage as she struggles to ...While Russian-speaking Namgar Lhasaranova might seem a little tentative onstage as she struggles to read a short opening greeting in English, there’s no mistaking her ability to communicate once she opens her mouth to sing.
Her power, energy and amazing vocal range go beyond words and language, taking her audience on a journey to Siberia and the world of the Buryats, people whose roots reach back to Ghengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire.
She is the core of the group Namgar, one of the most unique ensembles at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Although the group is currently based in Moscow, Namgar herself was born in a small village on the steppe near the border of China, Mongolia and Russia.
Namgar Lkhasaranova"New album",July 29.2011, 09.00
TUNKA 6-7 min
TWO YOKHORS 5-6 min
WHISPER-RAIN 7-8 min
ORPHAN CAMEL COLT 5-6 min
ACOUSTIC SET 14-15min
ASPIRATION 5-6 min
YUNDEN GOGO (with the
breathtaking DRUM SOLO) 9-10min
LAKE BUNTING 5-6 min
HATAR-YA (Yokhor) 5-6 min
|Jun 7, 2013 Friday||12:00 PM||"The Spirit Of Tengri"||Almaty, KZ|
|Jun 22, 2013 Saturday||12:00 PM||festival"Dvizhenie"||Perm, RU|
|Jul 10, 2013 Wednesday||12:00 PM||festival"Riddu Riddu"||Manndalen, NO|
|Sep 6, 2013 Friday||12:00 PM||festival||Bershtadt , DE|