Egschiglen

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Egschiglen
Egschiglen in turin festival oriente march 2015 02.jpg
Turin (Italy), March 2015
Background information
Origin Mongolia
Genres Mongolian folk music
Years active 1991 – present
Members Tumenbayar Migdorj
Tumursaihan Yanlav
Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir
Amartuwshin Baasandorj
Sarangerel Tserevsamba
Ariuanaa Tserendavaa
Notable instruments
Morin khuur
Hammered dulcimer

Egschiglen are a Mongolian folk band, formed in Ulan Bator in 1991. In English, Egschiglen means "Beautiful Melody", and they are one of very few traditional Mongolian bands to have become internationally popular.

From the beginning, Egschiglen set the focus of their artistic work on contemporary music. They systematically explored the sound dimensions of works by classical-modernist Mongolian composers, using traditional instruments from Mongolia and Central Asia, including the morin khuur (a violin with two strings made of horse hair), tobshuur (a lute symbolizing a swan's throat as neck), joochin, bass, percussion and singing techniques like khöömii throat singing.

Their music is characterized by the delicacy and transparency of chamber music, but also by its deeply natural, compelling force. In Egschiglen’s performances, tunes from Shamanist or Buddhist tradition, which are common in Central Asia, impress through their diversity of expression and their intricate arrangements.

The musicians also experiment with balancing acts between diverse cultures: in the course of the years, Egschiglen participated in a number of cooperation projects with musicians from various cultural areas. Furthermore, in a relaxed attitude, they present the latest finds from their adopted home, Franconia: traditional song material from the Altmühl valley, arranged as a Mongolian khoomii / morin khuur crossover, which the band has released on their recent album Gereg.

Members of the band are: Tumenbayar Migdorj, Tumursaihan Yanlav, Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir, Amartuwshin Baasandorj, Sarangerel Tserevsamba, who are accompanied for live concerts by the female dancer Ariuanaa Tserendavaa.

Discography[edit]

  • Traditionelle Mongolische Lieder (1995)
  • Gobi (1997)
  • Zazal (2000, Grenzland Studio, Bocholt)
  • Sounds of Mongolia (2001)
  • Gereg (2007)

Other projects[edit]

Media related to Egschiglen at Wikimedia Commons

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