Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mongolian Khöömii Festival

Embassy of Mongolia in London
& Art Café at Lingua Global

proudly present the Inaugural European
Mongolian Khöömii Festival
in celebration of Khöömii being recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of Mongolia with UNESCO in 2011.

Inaugural Khöömii Conference & Film showing of “Mongolian Khöömii”
from 9:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday 19th July 2011

Ticket £50/30concs (inclusive the Gala Concert on 20 July)
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Venue: Room 111, Vernon Square Campus, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW

Mongolian Khöömii Gala Concert
from 8pm to 10pm Wednesday 20th July 2011
followed by the After Party Disco until midnight
Venue: Venue 229, International Students House
229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN
Tickets £20/15 concessions Box Office info: 020 7631 8306

Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone/Undertone) Singing is an amazing art that must be seen and heard to be believed! One person can sing two notes at the same time: a low throaty drone with a high flute like harmonic melody magically floating on above.

This is the first time in Europe that a Khöömii festival has been organised. It is an unique opportunity to hear from and discuss with the keepers of the tradition, top Mongolian and UK academics about its past, present and future, as well as hearing the exciting developments made by Mongolian and non-Mongolian Khöömii singers.

The conference, which is open to academics and non-academics, will feature presentations on history of the tradition, comparative showcase of Mongolian and Tuva Khöömii, Q&A sessions on Khöömii future with Tserendavaa, one of only three Khöömii singers who have been bestowed the highest national culture award for his art; Dr Carole Pegg, Affiliated Scholar/Musicologist of the Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge; Ariunbold, Khusugtun’s leader; the representative of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO; Overtone Singers Michael Ormiston, Borg Diem Groeneveld plus other speakers tbc. We will show the Mongolian Musicologist Badraa’s film “Mongolian Khöömii“ (1986) at the conference.

The Gala Concert will be the culmination of the festival featuring generations of Mongolian Khöömii Singers: Tserendavaa, the elders of the tradition, “Khusugtun”, the new and exciting younger tradition, who will be also performing at the BBC Prom 2011 and European Khöömii singers including Michael Ormiston, Candida Valentino, Borg Diem Groeneveld and other special guests.

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