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Traditional Mongolian group AnDa Union will share their music and culture on October 28 WorldCanvass Studio

October 7th, 2011
Want to experience something fantastic, even otherworldly?

Can you imagine standing on the grasslands of Mongolia and listening to the ancient art of throat-singing?

Most likely, you’ve never heard anything like it, and you’ll never forget it if you join us for a live performance and discussion with AnDa Union on Oct. 28.  The music and conversation start at noon in room 2780, University Capitol Centre.  Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

AnDa Union combines different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia, developing an innovative sound that preserves the essence of Mongolian music while creating something that is fresh and new.   Their driving mission is to stimulate their culture and reengage young Mongols, many of whom have forgotten how to speak their own language.

In the words of AnDa Union, “Our music draws from all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified. We all have different ethnic backgrounds and we bring these influences into our music. There is a wealth of folk music for us to learn; so far our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean.”

WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer will talk with the group about the history of this traditional music and what it means to Mongolian culture.   Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to experience something truly extraordinary.

This appearance of AnDa Union on WorldCanvass Studio is made possible through International Programs’ partnership with Hancher Auditorium, presenting AnDa Union in concert on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. the Englert Theatre.  AnDa Union will also hold a throat-singing workshop Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-4 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre, sponsored by the Confucius Institute and International Programs.

For a taste of AnDa Union, check out their website: