The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents a rare performance by Alash, a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. Grounded in tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West, the ensemble and its individual members have consistently won top honors on the highest stages.
Tuvans boast a musical identity all their own, featuring a vocal tradition that has put them on the world-music map: throat singing. The Alash Ensemble honors that heritage with a modern twist. Its influences include all the modern throat singers, but also American innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Sun Ra.
In an interview with NPR, Sean Quirk, Alash’s interpreter and manager explains, “Throat singing is technically the art of controlling overtones. The act of singing generates many partials — frequencies that are present, but not always readily heard. What [throat singers] are doing is essentially — they're filtering out their voice[s]. They're amplifying the overtones that they want, and de-amplifying the ones that they don't want. And they're doing that by making certain pressure at their vocal folds, and... at their 'false' vocal folds.”
Quirk continues, "Tuva is actually the center of a very ancient cultural sphere that people don't know much about, because [Tuvans] were nomadic. They didn't build any palaces or leave behind any written language. But it's an amazing, very unique culture. And so it touches people a lot, because it's so ancient."
Radio Hamrah welcomes you to a unique night of entertainment -- the Radio Hamrah Fifth Anniversary Celebration at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This event will feature comedic, cultural and musical performances on one stage, led by our headliner performer: Ebi.
The entire event is a celebration of 5 years of Radio Hamrah – under the leadership of Dr. Farhang Holakouee – and its global community of Radio Hamrah listeners. Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre for an unforgettable night.
Red Baraat’s 8th annual Festival of Colors concert tour celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi with a colorful array of South Asian sounds. Holi is marked by sharing songs, dance, and the exchange of “colors,” signifying the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
Vidya Vox opens the evening, who has become a global phenomenon for her mashups of Western pop, hip-hop, and Indian folk music. She has performed at the White House and at venues all over the world, amassing over 5 million YouTube followers for her exclusive videos.