Altan Urag
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"With so much going on, some of the festival's highlights came in the most unexpected places. Who, for instance, could have expected a band of traditional Mongolian musicians to rock as heavily as Black Sabbath? Altan Urag managed exactly that, helped by a formidable female drummer who added extra wallop to their dirgelike riffs. It was enough to drive the audience into a frenzy when they played at the late-night live-house Crystal Palace in the Palace of Wonder."

Fuji Rock Festival review,
July 31, 2009 - The Japan Times


Foal's Been Born (2004) LP
Made In Altan Urag (2006) LP
Blood (2009) LP
Hypnotism (2009) LP


Mongol OST
Once Upon A Time In Mongolia



At the forefront of music in Mongolia, Altan Urag fuses the traditional with the contemporary to create a sound unlike anything else. Blending folk with rock, post-rock, psych and a whole lot in between, the band’s music manages to transport the ancient into the present.

The seven members of Altan Urag are skilled in morin khuur (horse head fiddle), ikh khuur (grand horse head fiddle), percussion, bishguur (traditional horn) and yaichin. The vocalists are throat singers and long song singers and all have been trained in traditional and classical Mongolian music.

Altan Urag were chosen to produce the soundtracks to the award-winning feature films ‘Khadak’ and ‘Mongol’ and received a number of nominations and awards for their work. The band have toured extensively, with gigs at the likes of the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the Biennale Bern Arts Festival in Switzerland, the Riddu Riddu National Music Festival of Norway and the 18th Macau International Arts Festival. They’ve played in Vietnam, Thailand, Russian, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico and the USA, and regularly perform in their homeland of Mongolia.

"Their distinctive vocal rhythms lend a sense of otherworldly strength to several scenes … I just fell in love with them. They have an amazing energy." - Sergei Bodrov, Director 'Mongol'

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