Urna (singer)

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Urna Chahar Tugchi
Native name Урна Цахар Тугч
Born 1969
Ordos, Inner Mongolia
Nationality Chinese
Occupation Singer and musician

Urna Chahar Tugchi, known as Urna, (born 1969)[1] is a Mongolian singer[2] and player of the yangqin.

Biography[edit]

Urna was born into a family of herders in the grasslands of the Ordos Plateau in Inner Mongolia,[3] a society where song was a ubiquitous part of everyday life.[4] Her first musical training was learning to play the yangqin—Chinese dulcimer—from a Shanghai Conservatory of Music professor who was visiting Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia.[3] Then, at the age of 18, she moved to study at the Shanghai Conservatory, a challenging step since she had no knowledge of the Chinese language.[3]

She now performs around the world, and is based in Bavaria, Germany and in Cairo, Egypt. In 2003, she was awarded the RUTH prize in Germany for Best International Artist.[3]

Discography and filmography[edit]

Urna has produced four albums of music on CD:[5]

  • 1995 – Tal Nutag (13 tracks) – with Robert Zollitsch (zither) and Oliver Kälberer (guitar, mandolin) – recorded in a Bavarian church, Mongolian songs and improvisations
  • 1999 – Hödööd (11 tracks) – with Robert Zollitsch (zither, vocal, percussion), Wu Wei playing the Sheng and Sebastian Hilken playing the cello and the frame drum – Mongolian songs and original compositions
  • 2001 – Jamar (10 tracks) – with Robert Zollitsch playing the zither and throat-singing, Morin khuur-virtuoso Burintegus and Ramesh Shotham (Indian percussion) – lyrics in Chinese and Mongolian
  • 2005 – Amilal (13 tracks) – with Djamchid and Keyvan Chemirani, Zarb percussionists from Iran and Zoltan Lantos (Violin) – a personal record of her travels and her world view[3]

She is also featured in the film Two Horses of Genghis Khan.[6]

Reception[edit]

Andrea Murray's description in The Herald-Times of one of her performances gives an intriguing insight into the extraordinary characteristics of her singing:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mongolia's Urna to bring 'Life' to Taiwan". The China Post. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mongolian Singer Urna". China Radio International. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e E.Bayannasan (2010-12-03). "Singer Urnaa to Perform in Cosmopolitan Opening Party". The UB Post – Mongolia's Independent English Newspaper. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Mongolia Society (1 January 1995). Mongolia survey: a publication of the Mongolia Society. The Society. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Records". Urna Chahar Tugchi: The voice of Mongolian grasslands. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "D.C. Environmental Film Festival". The Washington Post. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  7. ^ LuAnne Holladay (September 2005). Bringing the world to our neighborhood: the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Indiana University Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-253-34633-9. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 

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