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Altai band
Jan 13, '22

Altai band

The Altai band - Uvgudiin Zahias by GANPUREV Dagvan

Message of the Ancestors

Soot on a gray horse's bridle

Spring is coming

Old father's words

Unforgettable on a bridle

Soot on a gray horse's bridle

Sanhiu's eyes widened

That's what a good father says

Let's remember the place of the moon

Uvgudiin Zahias (Uvgudiin Zahias)

Буурал морины мундаан дээр нь хөө

Булгиар гөлөм нь санжигнаад байндаа хөө

Буурал аавын захиж хэлсэн үг

Санаанаас гарахгүй байндаа хөө

Саарал морины мундаан дээр нь хөө

Санхиу гөлөм нь санжигнаад байндаа хөө

Сайхан аавын захиж хэлсэн үг нь

Сарын газартаа санаж явъя

ALTAI- band had about 50 works in our song catalogue and mostly create our performances with the Western Mongolian region’s bii biyelgee dance, khuumii, ikhyel khuur and the unique tatlag technique on the morin khuur. Bii biyelgee- Bii biyelgee originates from the Altai region of Mongolia and has been widely popular among the Huns as a dancing style. This has been confirmed by the research of Mongolian Cultural historians. Traditional dancers Ganzorig Balgan and his brother Gurbazar Balgan have inherited the biyelgee dance style from their ancestors who passed it down 14 generations. Khuumii- this traditional throat singing has been noted to be popular since the time of the Huns. Historians have documented that the Hun nomads used to howl like wolves. Altai band khuumii singer Davaadalai Munkhbat is a 4th generation singer, who has inherited the throat singing from his ancestors. Tatlag- a unique style of playing that has been refined for centuries on the instruments morin khuur and ikhel. This style has particularly developed in the Western Region of Mongolia. For the Altai band this playing style blends perfectly well with the bii biyelgee dance. The tatlag has developed over the years as a solo improvisational performance style among the nomads within their homes. The tatlag is such a refined style of playing with a very unique sound and requires the player to possess not only a remarkable technique but powerful spirit. Many professional musicians find it difficult listen this style of playing and replicate the sound. The tatlag style can embody and express a variety of characteristics and movements such as the bull, horse and camel. Mongolian traditional praise artists also widely use tatlag in their performances. Our very own Adyakhuu Sanchir is a 4th generation morin khuur and ikhyel player. Altai band is developing and utilizing tatlag style in all of our creations. Some of Altai band’s achievements: Received Olonkho “Nomadic music” festival’s top song award as well as 4 other awards. This festival was held in Yakut, Buriatia in 2014. The president of Mongolia Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhia recognized our contribution to the preservation of Mongolian arts/culture and extended a special invitation to our band. When he met us personally he wished us the best in our journey to promote Mongolian traditional dance and music, which cemented us as the ambassadors of this endeavor. A 1400 year old bow harp ALTAI -Yatga instrument was entrusted to Altai band in 2014.

Other Altai Groups

Altai Kai.

Altai Kai (stylized, АлтайКАЙ) is an Altai folk band from the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation, founded by Urmat Yntaev in 1997. Their band name means Altaian Folklore. When founded, the band consisted of two women and five men. Current members include Urmat Yntaev and three other men, with one or two non-permanent members. Their music features throat singing, and several native musical instruments, including the komus and topshuur. Their music is often about the nature and history of Altai, and the heroism of its people.


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