NAMGAR

NAMGAR

 Ulan-Ude, Buryatiya, RUS
BandWorldFolk

A fusion of Buryat-Mongolian tradition and modern rock/jazz elements with haunting woman voice of Namgar, the Buryat star of traditional and modern music, and a blend of traditional and modern instruments that bring together images of the great wide open and modern drive

Biography

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 :

--Autumn tour (november)in Japan 2016
--Autumn tours (september-october 2015) China:Shanghai/Norway
--Summer tours(july,august 2014) in Сanada,USA
-- Autumn tour (october,norway 2014)Korea-Japan--Oslo World Music festival/Norway

Discography

Nordic Namgar 2014
LIVE AT RIDDU RIDDU

In 2013, the Riddu Riddu festival commisioned a piece by Ole Jørn Myklebust. With Namgar Lhkasaranova from Buryatia in Russia and Niillas Holmberg from Finnish Sápmi, it was set for a meeting between two of the most unique indigenous voices in the world today.

Both represent their culture, music and tradition at a very high level, a remarkable collaboration between two voices that both contrast and complement each other.

Most of the music is completely new, and written special for Nordic Namgar. But there is also some famous Buryat and Mongolian traditional tunes in brand new exciting arrangements. The band is among Norway’s finest musicians, and it’s truly a great pleasure to hear Namgar in a Nordic music landscape.

Nordic Namgar:
• Namgar Lkhasaranova (vocals)
• Niillas Holmberg (vocals)
• Ole Jørn Myklebust (trumpet, xaphoon, keyboard)
• Fredrik Ellingsen (guitar, electronics)
• Kjetil Dalland (bass)
• Herman Rundberg (drums, percussion)
• Evgeny Zolotarev (chanza)

The album is released in cooperation with the Riddu Riddu-festival, and is supported by the Norwegian Art Council.

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“The Dawn of the Foremothers”2012

The Dawn of the Foremothers is Namgar’s new album recorded September 19-24, 2012, in Hanover,Germany with a team of international musicians. The goal of our recording sessions was to distill the beauty of ancient Siberian music of  Namgar’s native Buryatia and frame it with the help of the contemporary instruments and cutting-edge sound technologies.

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“NOMAD” 2009

In late 2008, they completed a new album Nomad that comprizes songs in at least 2 styles: traditional Mongolian/Buryat music   and ethno-rock.

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“Hatar” 2003.

Namgar’s debute CD titled Hatar (Dance), was recorded and issued in October 2003 by Moscow World Music label Sketis Music. It attracted several international reviews, including Dirty Linen that would endorse both the music and the cover design by Dashi Namdakov (selecting just 2 CDs out of half a dozen Sketis CDs directed to them for review).

Set List

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