Accompanied by Johanni Curtet
CD available at the concert and in trade
Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel, overtone singing from the Mongolian Altai
1 CD 16 audio tracks + bonus DVD 9 titles in concert at Les Orientales festival in 2006
ed. 2008 Buda Musique, coll. Music from the World, Paris
Production and Tour : Routes Nomades
Incredibly rich in vocal techniques, Mongolian traditional music is orally transmitted from generation to generation by nomadic peoples. This is what Tserendavaa did with his son Tsogtgerel to hand down the art of khöömii, perpetuated in Chandmani district, at the foot of Mount Jargalant Altai in Western Mongolia. Tserendavaa is one of the major current masters of this vocal technique. Accompanying their khöömii, Tserendavaa and Tsogtgerel performs long song urtyn duu, praise song magtaal, whistling isgeree, as well as horse head fiddle morin khuur, fiddle ekel and lute tovshuur and invites us on a journey through the musicality of their region. Johanni Curtet, student of Tserendavaa, accompanies them on overtone singing during the concert.
Les Orientales Festival, Les Escales Festival, Le Rêve de l’Aborigène Festival, Week of Mongolia in Flanders Festival, Museum of Asian Arts of Nice, Palace of Congress and Culture of Le Mans, City of Arts of Chambéry, L’Espal…
Genesis of the project
In 2004, Johanni visited Mongolia for the first time to learn khöömii and begin its ethnomusicological research. His meeting with Tserendavaa, who soon becomes his teacher, was decisive. During the discussion, Tserendavaa expressed his wish that his son Tsogtgerel, back then a teenager, pursuit the stage career. Johanni then decided to create Roads Nomads Association to offer them a space to develop this desire. And this is how in 2006, Tsogtgerel made his first trip out of Mongolia with his father for a summer tour in France. Since that time, Johanni keeps inviting them, and Tsogtgerel realized his father’s dream, becoming a young khöömii virtuoso and soloist overtone singe.
Born in 1954, year of the sheep in Chandmani district, Khovd province and still lives in his homeland, Tserendavaa is one of the rare overtone singers combining a nomadic pastoral lifestyle with the professional practice of khöömii. His apprenticeship of overtone singing began at the age of six, in the pastoral context by imitating the people around him. A number of people influenced him includes, Tsedee, Makhan Chuluun, Ulmiibat, Margad and Sundui. When he was 24, he started his professional career as overtone singer. Since the 1980s, he has performed all around the world (USA, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Russia and Japan). Among other overtone singers as Sengedorj and Odsüren, Tserendavaa is one of the main actors who accelerated the development of khöömii and its public dissemination during the Soviet period. A big contribution he made for the progress of khöömii art is the invention of combined khöömii style, in which the singer performs long song urtyn duu with overtone singing by pronouncing some of the lyrics.
He practices seven techniques of khöömii: uruulyn khöömii (labial khöömii), tagnain khöömii (palatal khöömii), bagalzuuryn khöömii (throat khöömii), khamryn khöömii (nasal khöömii), tseejnii khöndiin khöömii (chest khöömii), khargia khöömii (deep khöömii), and khosmoljin khöömii (combined khöömii). He also plays lute tovshuur, horse-head fiddle morin khuur and fiddle ekel. Like the other herders in Mongolia, he sings the traditional long song, widely performed in festive events. He transmitted khöömii tradition to two of his sons: Tsogtgerel and Khash-Erdene; both of them pursuit professional career by overtone singing. He also teaches khöömii to the children and nomads of his community, as well as many foreign visitors.
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