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Mundofonías 2017 #10 | Perdidos por Mongolia y China

We review more in deep two fascinating compilations: Une Anthologie du Khöömii Mongol and Lost in China. Listen online (ESP): www.mundofonias.com

Espace 2 - RTS

Versus-écouter - by Vincent Zanetti - Khöömii : les maîtres du chant diphonique
Bradcasted on January 20, 2017

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Espace 2 - RTS

Magma, by Yves Bron - Le chant des steppes
Broadcasted on april 14, 2016
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From april 14th to 16th 2016, ADEM organizes at Alhambra, Geneva, a concert series devoted to the Mongolian overtone singing and music. Overtone singing or harmonic singing is a fascinating experience. Indeed, how a single person manages to sing with two voices simultaneously producing a sound and harmonics ? Papizan Badar, Sengedorj Nanjid, Davaajav Rentsen sing live in "Magma" while Laurent Aubert, programmer, and Johanni Curtet, ethnomusicologist, answered questions of Yves Bron.

France Musique

Journey Notebook by Edouard Fouré Caul-Futy
The Art of Vocal Timbre: In the Heart of Khöömii in Mongolia
Broadcasted on May 31, 2015
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Espace 2, Radio Suisse Romande

Listening to the world by Vincent Zanetti
Overtone Singing of Mongolia. Meeting the Masters of Overtone Singing
Broadcasted on October 06, 2013

Interview with Johanni Curtet, a musician, ethnomusicologist, specialist of overtone singing of Mongolia. A report produced in July 2013 during the Les Suds à Arles Festival.

Radio des Suds

Music Room by Philippe Krümm
Broadcasted on July 09, 2013

Interview with Johanni Curtet during the Les Suds à Arles Festival.

France Culture

A Whole World by Marie-Hélène Fraïssé
Another game, a meeting with Roberte Hamayon
Broadcasted on April 08, 2013
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Johanni Curtet is invited to present “The Overtone Singing Weekend” at Quai Branly Museum.

RCF

The Editorial’s Guest
Mongolian Overtone Singing in One Lesson. With Tserendavaa Dashdorj and Johanni Curtet
Broadcasted on January 10, 2013. 
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France Bleue Maine

Everybody Out Show
“Everybody Out with Battista Acquaviva and Pierrick Lefranc”
Broadcasted on February 04, 2013
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Johanni Curtet is invited to present “The Overtone Singing Weekend” at Quai Branly Museum.

France Inter

La Tête au carré by Mathieu Vidard
Broadcasted on June 06, 2012.
P. Barranger interviewed by M. Vidard:
“Researchers’ Film Festival of Nancy. (…) Masters of Overtone Singing is an ethnomusicological film that presents some great Mongolian singers who have a very singular singing technique; this is one of the most interesting films.”

Télérama.fr

Mondo Sono #105
« Mongolia »
Broadcasted on February 01, 2011.

“Music / The Playlist of d’Eliane Azoulay move towards Mongolia this week.  A sound postal card from the country of shamans and steppe horsemen (…).
-Mongolie, Musique traditionnelle (Unesco)
-Chants diphoniques de l’Altaï Mongol (Buda)
-Mongolie, Chants et morin khuur (Ocora)
-Hanggaï, He who travels far (World connection)”.

France Musique

Colour of the World by Françoise Degeorges
Concert on the Road of Gengis Khan
Broadcasted on Febraury 17, 2010.

France Musique

Colour of the World by Françoise Degeorges
Travel in Mongolia and Concert of Nassima
Broadcasted on April 08, 2009.

France Culture

Equinox by Caroline Bourgine
Traveler Strings, interview in public with Tserendavaa Dashdorj and Johanni Curtet, live performance of 3 pieces, studio 105 of the Maison de la Radio.
Broadcasted on April 27, 2008.
“Traveler Strings: Mathias Duplessy, Tserendavaa and Tsogtgerel from Mongolia, the group Tsimtsoum. In this April Equinox, there is a gathering of strings where mingle the klezmer and oriental sounds, pushing us till the heights of Altai (…). Tserendavaa and Tsogtgerel are renown by the beauty of their overtone singing and the virtuosity of their horse head fiddle (…).”

France Culture

Un poco Agitato by Gérard Tourtrol and Yvan Amar
“Mongolian Overtone Singing”
Broadcasted on June 29, 2006.
“Mongolian Overtone Singing. A world music magazine created by Gérard Tourtrol in two parts (…) We have the honour to receive on air the representatives of a music we hear too rare in France, the Mongolian overtone singing. Tserendavaa and Tsogtgerel, father and son will give a concert tonight at Satellit Café then (…) Les Orientales Festival. At the foot of the Mount Jargalant Khairkhan in Western Mongolia, a part of the nomadic tradition of khöömii, the overtone singing is perpetuated. Tserendavaa is one of the greatest current masters of such a singular vocal technique. With his 16-year-old son, he performs the long song, short song, epic song and praise song, alternating with dance and whistling. They also accompany their music with mouth harp, flute, lute and horse head fiddle. Johanni Curtet, an ethnomusicologist, overtone singer and disciple of Tserendavaa serves us as an interpreter and translator to the artists.”

 

 

Newspapers

Press clipping: Anthology of mongolian khöömii

Le chant diphonique, tradition et technique

Read the article online (FR): www.rts.ch/info/culture/musiques 

— RTS INFO Culture/musiques

Shed light on mongolian khöömii with Johanni Curtet and Nomindari Shagdarsuren.
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— Gwendal Le Goff, L'air d'u - le blog, 14/04/2016

Press clipping: Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel Concerts

"For Tserendavaa, Tsogtgerel and Johanni, the Mongolian overtone singing is a family affair"
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— Lucie Delorme, La Voix du Nord, 2012.

"Mongolia is honoured. The World Cultures Institute in partnership with Roads Nomads, created the event on overtone singing (...). One hour of discovery and happiness to listen to the great master Tserendavaa and his son Tsogtgerel. And for the team of MCM, there is no translation problem. Indeed, a Mongolian student, Nomindari (...), performs a long-term internship in the center. (…)"
—Le Journal de Vitré, 3/06/2012.

"Two artists of exceptional talent came for a demonstration in February 11, 2010 in Rennes. Overtone singing in harmony with nature and passed orally from father to son for generations."
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— Culturebox, France Télévisions, 15/03/2010.

"Extraordinary evening (…) moments between heaven and earth…"
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— La Lozère Nouvelle, 9/05/2008.

"Father and son, the virtuosos of Mongolian traditional music. (...) Extraordinary sounds conquered the public."
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— Le Midi Libre, 7/05/2008.

"A fantastic Mongolian concert in the church. A glare. Tserendavaa and his son Tsogtgerel introduced overtone singing to a wider audience. (...) This such singular vocal technique highlights a little known cultural treasure, which the public of Saint-Auvent could greet with enthusiasm. The event was so successful that the church could barely contain the lovers this music that mixes nature and civilization. A pure moment of grace."
— Le Populaire, 25/08/2006.

"Singing of Altai at the peak. (...) The deep sounds of two horse-head fiddles and the strange beauty of overtone singing transported the audience at the top of the Mongolian plateau. (...) This beautiful, colourful and poetic musical journey has a pure sound with dimensions of the sacred ..."
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— L’Écho Haute-Vienne, 17/08/2006.

"(…) overtone singing, a symbol of an ancient nomadic culture. (…) An exceptional show."
— Ouest-France Sarthe et Orne, 27/07/06.

"There is an eternal certainty of court singing and overtone singing. (...) The same confidence in the future sparkles in this nomadic herder in his fifties (who has a herd of nearly a thousand heads: goats, sheep, horses, cows and camels), living in Chandmani (province of Khovd in western Mongolia). (...) Under the tent of Les Orientales Festival, the smile of Tserendavaa shines the pleasure of the father to see his son singing, with perfect control, the overtone song that tells the lakes, mountains, wind of the Altai steppe."
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— Patrick Labesse, Le Monde, 3/07/2006.

"The captivating concert of the voices from the Mongolian Altai (...) the two artists play with the breath of their voice, emitting extraordinary sounds, evoking the heavy rhythmic paces of their horses, the rustle of wind in the steppe or the lapping of water…"
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— Ouest-France Sarthe et Orne, July 2006.

"A unique initiation to the rhythms of the steppe of Mongolia (…). This duo, father and son, gave an exceptional concert to the audience (…)."
— Le Maine Libre, 28/06/2006.

"They modulate their voice and their vocal cords like music instruments (…) The father and son have been accompanied for a moment by an Occidental, Johanni Curtet. The three use their vocal cords as they wish. A whole range of sounds and songs that invites for a travel."
— Presse Océan, summer 2006.

 

Press clipping: Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel Disc

"At a thousand miles from the illusory and superficial world music recycling, these two discs show the rebirth of a century-old traditional kind of music (...) and through the transfer of knowledge and techniques or the adaptation to a modern context and the changed circumstances, the Mongolian music falls within the category of living and current music."
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— Benoît Deuxant, Courants d’air 21, Winter 2008-2009.

"So far, Tserendavaa has released several compilations and even a solo disc (...), but this is the first time he is recorded with his son, Tsogtgerel, eighteen years old and already a virtuoso of overtone singing and horse head fiddle morin khuur (...). So this is a story of a transmission of a Mongolian tradition told through this record, which proves to be a great showcase of different vocal and instrumental repertoires of Mongolia (...). There are also remarkable improvisations for three voices, on which participated Johanni Curtet (...) who joins the family duo. (...) This album is a reference of choice for any amateur of the Mongolian vocal and musical practices."
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— Stéphane Fougère, Ethnotempos, June-July-August 2008, p. 32.

"(...) Buda delivers a remarkable record (...) pleasure to ears, but also to eyes, this never-boring overtone singing artists sometimes accompanied by young French, Johanni Curtet, who is in charge of the recordings and an excellent singer himself, too. (...) Listening to them is an endless pleasure for those who love this music."
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— Etienne Bours, Trad Mag n°121, September-Octobrer 2008.

 

Press clipping: Tsogtgerel Solo

"Highlights: mysterious song of the steppes. Suddenly, emerges a sound of unprecedented gravity. It filled the space with its dark, powerful and stormy presence. On stage is Tsogtgerel, a twenty-year-old young Mongolian singer."
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— Patrick Labesse, Le Monde, 8/09/2010.

 

Press clipping: Dörvön Berkh Concerts

"Dörvön Berkh. Editorial’s note: TT We love it much. Four masters of khöömii explore the acrobatic and cavernous depths of the famous overtone singing of Mongolia, accompanied by morin khuur, the horse head fiddle with mesmerizing sonorities,  tovshuur lute and tsuur flute."
— Anne Berthod, Télérama.fr, January 2013.

"Dörvön Berkh on concert. (…) A beautiful musical travel in the steppes of Mongolia"
— sorties.francetv.fr, January 2013.

"Masters of overtone singing. Dörvön Berkh, four facets of overtone singing, as we’ve never heard them before."
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— Johanni Curtet, Aventure n°125, October-Novembrer 2010 p. 48-49.

"Mehrstimming au seiner Kehle. ‘Khoomii’, der mongolische Obertongesang hört sich gut an – wenn man’s kann."
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— Badische Zeitung, Freiburg, 10/07/2009.

"The four singers of this group, one by one, and all together interact with the many techniques they know. (...) A spectacular a cappella improvisations (...)."
— L’indicateur, April 2009.

"(…) one of the highlights of the week was Dörvön Berkh, a Mongolian expression meaning a game of ankle bones, with divination of auspicious omens. Translated into overtone singing, it gives a unique concert, a real invitation for a travel with four masters of the discipline. So the imaginary experiences the rhythms of these exotic harmonies."
— Ouest-France, 1/04/2009.

"Xöömii masters as living instruments. Mongolia may have economic wealth in its mineral resources but its cultural wealth is in its unique traditional form of overtone singing, or Xöömij. The audience at the ‘Dörvön Berkh’ concert in the Art Gallery Stadium in Ulaanbaatar (…) was spellbound by living instruments (…)."
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— Lee Campbell, The Mongol Messenger, 11/04/2007.

"Mongolian Khuumi Masters Present Traditional Music in New Ways."
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— Laura Pucket, The UB Post n°14 (567), 5/04/2007.

"Xöömii singing breaks rare ground. A french ethnomusicologist’s doctoral research into Xöömii (…) as resulted in the first meeting of four of the best and oldest masters of the art, the likes of which may never be seen again in Mongolia."
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— Lee Campbell, The Mongol Messenger, 04/04/2007.

 

Press clipping: Dörvön Berkh Disc

"With a profusion of self-proclaimed and real xöömii masters from Mongolia, most of whom reside in Ulaanbaatar, the subtitle of this CD should raise some healthy suspicion. In recent years about a hundred CDs of throat singing have become available locally for the tourist market. Many contain bland interpretations of well-known repertoire, and some consist entirely of folk melodies performed using one or two throat-singing techniques. Fortunately, this CD presents four established masters, recruited by ethnomusicologist Johanni Curtet to tour France, performing solo and in a various combinations. All four are aware of the dangers of the professionalization of xöömii and maintain strong individual styles in terms of throat-singing, technique and instrumental abilities. (…) it is the uniqueness of each musical performer that fascinates and convinces. (…)"
— Mark van Tongeren, 2010 Yearbook for Traditionnal Music.

« Headbangen op Mongoolse keelklanken »
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— Trouw.nl, 28/12/2010.

"The group assembles the best overtone singers of Mongolia, both ancient and current generations. An excellent record of traditional throat singing."
— www.lamediatheque.be, Médiathèque de la communauté française de Belgique.

 

Press clipping: Documentary “Masters of Overtone Singing”

"Release of “Masters of Overtone Singing” on DVD. A documentary by Jean-François Castell, won the Boost Prize at “Researchers’ Film Festival”, Nancy in 2012, ”Bartók Prize” of the French Society of Ethnomusicology, at 30th “Festival Jean Rouch” in 2011, Best Documentary at “Around the World” Festival in 2011 and "Favorite" selection at “Screens of Adventure” Festival in 2010, has been released on DVD. This film shows us the work of Johanni Curtet, a research apprentice in ethnomusicology, from Le Mans, and the Mongolian artists that we follow in Mongolia,  Le Mans and Rennes ..."
— Ouest-France Pays-de-la-Loire, 20/06/2012.

"The laureate films of the 13th edition of Researcher’s Film Festival 2012. (...) The 2nd award, Boost Prize of the festival, was conferred to “Masters of Overtone Singing”. (...) Johanni Curtet, a young French researcher in ethnomusicology had the idea to bring them together for a series of concerts and recording of an album. In the film, we follow the work of each one in Mongolia and France: creation of the concerts and work of the great masters, and also the research of Johanni, who studies the sources of this ancestral music and examines its practice and way of transmission."
— L’est républicain Nancy, 8/06/2012.

 

Presse Urbi&Orbi

"An aspiring project of Pierrick Lefranc (…) to combine a traditional culture, overtone singing (…) to an instrumental practice of our place has been realized. (…) Johanni Curtet, a principal representative of overtone  singing in France, has made a quality demonstration of this ancient singing alongside his master Tserendavaa, who is accompanied by his son Tsogtgerel. (…) the singers have modulated their voice and vocal cords like the musical instrument (…), bringing the audience to the wild and distant steppes. The original instrumentarium accompanying them (...) has made this concert a surprising and unexpected magical moment, greatly acclaimed by a captivated public."
— Ouest-France Saint Berthevin, 9/02/2014.

"A musical encounter at the crossroad of worlds."
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— Ouest-France, 30/01/2014.

"The opening of Nights of the Voice Festival on Tuesday at Espal, has offered some amazing moments. The Urbi & Orbi show has achieved its goal: to give life to a whole new musical universe, relying on Mongolian overtone singing, without falling into folklore or artificial world music. Throughout the concert, composed by Pierrick Lefranc from Sarthe, the fascinating vibrations of Mongolian masters, accompanied by Johanni Curtet, again from Sarthe, found a harmonious echo in a group quite multi-coloured: with bandoneon, bassoon, double bass, percussion and guitar. At stake is a subtle marriage, inspired by the sounds of nature, the vast Mongolian space, as well as free-jazz and tango, with a wink to blues and hip-hop. And best of all was a radiant dance of a master of Mongolian overtone singing."
— Ouest-France, 7/02/2013.

"Urbi & Orbi : a journey from here to Mongolia"
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— Le Maine Libre, 4/02/2013.

"Nights of the Voice start in the lights. Urbi&Orbi opens the Nights of the Voice on Tuesday evening at Espal, in Le Mans. A musical and vocal journey from Le Mans to Mongolia is easy to carry out; simply travelling. (…)"
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— Ouest-France, 3/02/2013.

"A musical journey in the steppes of Mongolia. Urbi&Orbi, an original creation at Espal on Tuesday 5 February. Eight musicians including two Mongolian singers, the heirs of overtone singing, will be on stage (…)"
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— Ouest-France, 29/01/2013.

"Pierrick Lefranc, a guitarist and jazzman from Le Mans, orchestrated a singular group: to jazz or tango musicians, including Jean-Baptiste Henry on bandoneon, he wished to associate Mongolian masters of overtone singing. What is it about?"
— Ouest-France Le Mans, 16/06/2012.

 

Presse Voix Nomades, Sardaigne-Mongolie

"Sunday, the musical brunch of Detours of Babel Festival invaded the Museum of Dauphiny for a day full of curiosities. First curiosity with Nomadic Voices: an improbable encounter between the Mongolian overtone singing and Sardinian vocal ensemble Concurdu e Tenore de Orosei. Two cultures separated by thousands of miles, but share a common singing of their country with both religious and secular dimensions."
— Christophe Cadet, Le Dauphiné libéré, 9/04/2014.

"Amidst the great evening concerts at Bab Makina and more intimate concerts in the afternoon in the Batha gardens, musical pleasures have not shunned the 19th edition of the World Sacred Music in Fes. (...) An unexpected encounter: Nomadic Voices Sardinia/ Mongolia... an opportunity to discover overtone singing khöömii and regain the polyphony of Tenores. But above all was the wonder of hearing such an obvious fusion, as the chord was not only musically beautiful but also, Sardinians and Mongolians told the same story ... and we understood! ... Magical moments that blur the boundaries, how to better illustrate “the spirit of Fes”?!"
— Pascale Guislain, www.culture-et-plus.com, 14/02/2014.

"Journey to the heart of the Sardinian mountains and steppes of Mongolia. The 19th edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music made the enthusiasts of music and art travel in different parts of the world with beautiful stopovers in Sardinia, Mongolia and Spain. (...) On Saturday, June 8, at the Batha Museum in Fes, the audience of the 19th edition of the World Sacred Music Festival has experienced a distinctive and unique artistic adventure that saw the encounter of nomadic voices of Sardinia and Mongolia, represented respectively by Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei and singers Ts. Tsogtgerel and N. Ganzorig. These two groups of artists from different backgrounds have enabled the public in the heart of the Sardinian mountains and steppes of Mongolia to explore the polyphony of Tenores from Sardinia and Mongolian overtone singing khöömii. (...)"
— Afaf Razouki, Le Matin, 9/06/2013.

"At the Festival of Sacred Music of Fez (...). This multicultural city is a strong emblem as it has forged fraternal bonds between different religions. There was a time when they all rubbed shoulders. (...) Forming atypical sounds, the songs of Sardinia and Mongolia meet. Here, it is not surprising to hear Mongolians sing in canon with Italians. In a few vibrations, we are plunged in the heart of the Mongolian steppes under the Italian sweet sun. Fes is a city that manages to create a harmony between the East, West and Asia."
— Le Huffington Post, 09/06/2013.

« It takes a great deal of inspiration to forge musical links between Sardinia and Mongolia, but the performance at the Batha Museum today did that - and successfully. The concert featured the polyphonic work of the Sardinian Cuncordu E Tenore de Orosei and diphonic Mongolian khöömii chanting from singers Ts Tsogtgerel and Nergui Ganzorig of Mongolia. (…) »
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— Sandy McCutcheon, Natasha Christov, Vanessa Bonnin, The View from Fez, 8/06/2013.

 

Press clipping: Johanni Curtet

"His passion for the singing was born between Mongolia and France. Three questions to … Johanni Curtet, an ethnomusicologist, musician and overtone singer (…)."
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— Ouest-France Saint Berthevin, 11/02/2014.

 "Festival Les Suds. The harmony of overtone singing."
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— Elsa Mourgues, La Provence, 11/07/2013.

"Johanni Curtet explains the overtone singing"
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— Olivier Renault, Ouest-France, 12/02/2010.

"Johanni Curtet on the edge of the overtone singing. The ethnomusicologist travels across Mongolia to study this such singular vocal technique, will present us (…)"
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— Ouest-France, 7/10/2009.

"Accomplice: Routes Nomades. Tours, courses and discs around world music"
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— Tête de Son n°24, Spring 2008.

"Discovering the Mongolian overtone singing. PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, Johanni Curtet presents the highlights of the events that Routes Nomades organizes around overtone singing from Mongolia (…)."
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— Olivier Renault, Ouest-France Le Mans, 18/04/2008.

"A pastoral art borne by the herders."
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— Serge Hulpusch, L’Écho Haute-Vienne, 17/08/2006.

 

 

Video (TV, Web…)

Mondomix
Gengis Khan Road Concert

Tsogtgerel - Chants mongols à Paris

France 3 Maine
Nights of the Voice Festival

Festival 'Les nuits de la voix'

France 3 Ouest, Culturebox
Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel Concert

Broadcasted in 11/02/2010. Interview of Tserendavaa Dashdorj and Johanni Curtet, Excerpts of live performance at MJC Bréquigny, Rennes.

CNN

Report by Stan Grant, broadcasted in 30/04/2011:
"I won’t even try to describe this singing. Just listen. On the shores of one of Mongolia’s largest lake, this is a rare treat, a performance by Tserendavaa, one of the country`s most revered throat singers. It’s a sound squeezed out of the back of the throat, but formed deep in the gut. Throat singing is, first and foremost, human music, he says. To create the music needs power and strength. Know that tune? It’s "Stairway to Heaven", but nothing like Led Zeppelin. Tserendavaa has taught his sons well. He’s glad they`re following the tradition, but not so happy about the modern twist they’re putting on an ancient sound. I’m very disappointed, he says, that recently young people rock, pop style, changing our throat singing, because the basic characteristic of throat singing is lost in that way. (…)"