Altan Urag

Altan Urag

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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.

Biography

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'

For more information and videos, please visit: www.altanurag.mn

Discography

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

ALBUMS OUT IN 2010

Mongol OST
Once Upon A Time In Mongolia
Nation