Altaï Khangaï
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Altaï Khangaï

Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Songlines"

Mongolian throat singing and horse head fiddles

Mongolian khöömei (overtone) singer Ganzorig Nergui and morin huur (horse head fiddle) player Ganbold Muukhaï are the two remaining members of Altaï Khangaï who released a splendid album Naariits Biilye on Pan in 1999. On Ongod they are joined by Garavkhuu Badmaabazar on Mongolian zither and dulcimer, "Ihk Mongol", a contemporary piece, demonstrates Ganzorig Nergui's various styles of throat singing, from the chesty, resonant sub-harmonic kharkhiraa style through the highly compressed shakhalt khailkah style - in which it's the words that dominate - to the melodic, overtone based khöömei method. It is interesting to hear Nergui trying to sing an overtone melody in a minor scale; traditionally a major pentatonic scale is sung in the overtone series.
His khöömei is sometimes heavily influenced by the Tuvan style, particulary on "Nuuts Tovchoo". The unique sound of the two-string horse head fiddle is heard on every track, with "Mongol Boukh" (Mongolian Bull) being the most traditional, a song that tells the tale of a bull that escaped from China back to its homeland in Mongolia. - Songlines


"Les Inrocks"

L’épopée mongole d’Altaï Khangaï
La musique traditionnelle induit une géographie des styles, des chants, des rythmes. Impossible d’écouter Ongod, le nouvel album d’Altaï Khangaï sans ressentir l’évidence de cette adéquation entre milieu naturel et esthétique : enfantées par l’immense steppe mongole, cithare, guimbarde et vièles à têtes de cheval semblent vouées à ne chanter qu’elle. Dans ces instruments comme dans le chant guttural où ronronne le grillon diphonique (combinaison d’un bourdon et des sons harmoniques émis par une même voix humaine), passent le vent, la fière course des nomades, le galop des chevaux, toute une épopée rude et envoûtante qu’Altaï Khangaï excelle à restituer. A écouter absolument, sur disque, et en concert, le 12 novembre au Studio de l’Ermitage. - Les Inrocks


"Mondomix"

Rares sont les albums qui vous transportent en quelques secondes dans un espace et un temps complètement étrangers. Ongod est de ceux-là. Un raclement de vièle, quelques battements de tambour, une voix puissante et rauque, et l’auditeur se retrouve emporté par le souffle sauvage d’une Mongolie millénaire. - Mondomix


"Trad Magazine"

Tout est mis en place pour entrer confortablement dans cette incroyable musique. On y entend aussi bien la richesse du chant diphonique et de ses multiples facettes que la subtile profondeur du morin khuur, violoncelle des steppes.(…) Un disque qui n’a rien à envie à la riche discographie préexistante pour la Mongolie. Un CD à écouter, à offrir… - Trad Magazine


Discography

Discographie

Ongod (Full Rhizome, Buda Musique, Distribution France Socadisc, 2013, France)

Naadam (Autoproduction, 2006, Mongolie)

Melodious Tree (Autoproduction, 2000, France) 

Gone with the wind. Songs of mongolian steppes (Window to Europe WTE CD 002, 1998, Pays-Bas) 

Naariits Bulye, Let's Dance. Mongolian Khuuryn tatlaga (Pan Records, 1997, Pays-Bas) 



Collaborations

Muraya Other Worlds (BO du documentaire de Jan Kounen, 2002)

Blueberry l'exprience secrte (BO du film de Jan Kounen, Vogue, 2004)

La grande Finale (BO du film de Gerardo Olivares, 2007)

Mongolia Expedisound (Compilation, I.O.T Records, France, 2008)

Hos Ayas Recordings (Compilation, Les Champs de lHomme, France, 2010)

Northern Lights Alta Khanga (Plunge Records, Canada, 2010)

Diverse as this land Volume II (Compilation, Banff Centre, Canada, 2011)


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The trio Altai Khangai truly masters the art of transposing ancestral music of Mongolia into a radiant and creative present. Their new album confirms this state of grace, as certainly would the thousands of spectators that Altai Khangai has meet all around the world in more than two decades.

When the two majestic horse-head vielle (fiddle - morin khuur) and yoochin sitar invite us in the immensity of the steppe to tell us the secret History of the Mongolians, the whole vitality of a tradition and of its people is expressed with a quasi-orchestral strength, both energetic and delicate. On this solid edifice lays the cornerstone of Mongolian culture: overtone chanting, a complex and mastered vocal art which allows a single singer to simultaneously produce a melody and a drone. It is between the mountains of the Altai and the Khangai that we find the origin of this chant inspired from natural elements.  Ganzorig Nergui, Ganbold Muukha and Garavkhuu Badmaabazar grew up between these mountains, in western Mongolia.

Yatga and yoochin sitars, tobshuur luths, shaman drums, drone flutes, mouth harpswith such an impressive traditional instrumental variety, the creativity of Altai Khangai is without limits. Thus, Altai Khangai is able to stir up emotions and images of rare intensity with a subtle mix of tones or an unusual scale. Both guardians of the heritage and architects of the future, Ganzorig, Ganbold and Garavkhuu have roots solid enough to let all winds caress their tall branches. 

Ganzorig Nergui: morin khuur fiddle, tovshuur lute, aman khuur bamboo and iron mouth harps, tsuur end-blown flute, khuumii, uyelzuur khuumii, kharkhiraa, tsur kharkhiraa and shakhaa throat singing

Ganbold Muukhai: morin khuur fiddle, tovshuur lute

Garavkhuu Badmaabazar: yoochin and yatga zithers, hets drum, small bones and bells

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