Date & Time: September 25, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Music at China Institute 华美音乐 presents Chat on Chinese Music 茶话中国音乐, a public educational series in Fall 2019, and invites audiences of all ages curious about Chinese music to an informal discussion to better understand a selected Chinese instrument through personal stories and music! All participants can enjoy a cup of Chinese tea to help with their appetites for conversation and live performance.
On September 25, guest group SULD, a band hailing from Inner Mongolia, will introduce Mongolian traditional music, its unique techniques and instruments including Khoomei (often referred to as “throat singing”) and Morin Khuur (the “horse-head fiddle”). Participants will enjoy performances by SULD as well.
Khoomei is an overtone singing style where throat singers produce two or more notes simultaneously through specialized vocalization, a technique seeking to mimic the sounds of nature in an awe-inspiring landscape of the Mongolian steppe.
Morin Khuur, a folk instrument and an important part of Mongolian heritage and culture, is literally translated as “horse-head fiddle” since traditionally its neck is carved into the shape of a horse. Its two strings and bow are made of horse-tail hair. An extremely expressive instrument, Morin Khurr not only brings daily lives and feelings on Mongolian steppe to life, but also convenes a respect for nature and animals.
About the Speaker/Performer:
Baisile is one of the best throat singers from Inner Mongolia. Besides performing solo, he is also a singer and founder of SULD, a Mongolian folk metal band started in 2014 exploring the boundaries of tradition and contemporary, inspired by both the nature from the Mongolian steppe and the urban life in current day.
From 2008 to 2014, he performed in Inner Mongolia national symphony orchestra and Inner Mongolia bureau of national art troupes. In 2013, he won the International Khoomei Gold Prize in the Republic of Tuva. He also received the first prize of the Original Folk Songs Competition organized by the Ministry of Culture in China in 2014, and the first prize of the First International Khoomei Competition in China in 2015.
Bao, Eerdunbilige is one of the most representative Mongolian young musicians of Morin Khuur (horse-headed fiddle). He’s the top 5 best morin khuur musician selected by CCTV China Central Television. He is currently a Morin Khuur teacher in the Department of National Music of Inner Mongolia Academy of Arts and the chief of the Young Morin Khuur Orchestra of Inner Mongolia Academy of Arts. He graduated from Mongolian National University of Arts in 2018 with a master’s degree in music major. Bao’s music accomplishment is comprehensive. He has been invited to many international stages. Bao has known for his bright and exquisite skill of Morin Khuur.
Free for CI members and special guests;
$10 for general public/non-members