Alash came to the Flynn Space last night with their full lineup of horsehead fiddles, large frame drums, and – those ethereal voices. You may remember reading about them here when I went to see their show in Bennington last April.
This is the Central Asian group whose sound is defined by the special style of throat-singing that’s native to the windy plains and snow-capped mountains of Tuva. They’re great musicians, individually but especially ensemble, as the voices and instruments weave tightly into a single complex thread of sound.
A couple of recommendations for listening – you won’t be disappointed! This is such adventurous, satisfyingly rich music. You don’t have to know anything about the music’s history to enjoy the purity of songs about simple pleasures like horses, wide river valleys, sunsets, and good friends…you know. The important things in life.
Alash: Alash, 2007