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Friday, November 04, 2011

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents Alash Ensemble


Alash Ensemble, masters of Tuvan throat singing, will present a concert at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Be there as this captivating musical ensemble brings the ancient art of throat signing to the Rose Hall stage. This is a rare opportunity to see musicians of this caliber in the intimate setting of the acoustically-ideal Rose Hall.

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Tuvan throat singers can produce two or three, sometimes even four pitches simultaneously. The effect has been compared to that of a bagpipe. The singer starts with a low drone. Then, by subtle manipulations of his vocal tract and keen listening, he breaks up the sound, amplifying one or more overtones enough so that they can be heard as additional pitches while the drone continues at a lower volume. Despite what the term might suggest, throat singing does not strain the singer's throat.

Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Reviews include:

“This is some of the most beautiful and haunting music I have heard. If you have not heard them, you have no idea how incredible they are.” — Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band

“If you want to experience music that can transport you to another dimension, lift you to new levels of consciousness, or otherwise blow your mind, then Alash is the ticket.”
— V.O.I.C.E.S (Various Organizations & Individuals Creating Exciting Spaces)

Admission to the concert is $10. All tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. The adjacent Camphill Café will be open at 6 p.m. for light supper and refreshments prior to the concert.


Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is located at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, Pa.

The mission at Camphill Kimberton is to encourage individuals, especially those with special needs, to discover and fulfill their greatest developmental and creative potential within a farming and handcrafting community. In valuing persons of all abilities, Kimberton Hills seeks to foster a living and working environment that is sustainable, productive and beautiful. Residents and volunteers uniquely contribute to the community through meaningful vocations such as gardening, dairy farming, and working in the café, bakery and craft workshops. As the community cares for one another, it also nurtures and improves the land by practicing biodynamic and organic agriculture and raising environmental awareness.

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