Members of Anda Union describe themselves as music gatherers who dig deep into Mongol tradition unearthing the forgotten music that forms the basis of their contemporary work: “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 our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean.”
Anda Union’s concerts feature driving, percussive pieces like “Ten Thousand Galloping Horses” and “Grasslands Journey,” as well as haunting guttural throat songs and the clear long notes of urinduu (long-song). Arrayed in stunning traditional Mongolian clothing, the musicians perform on the horse-head fiddle (morin khuur), as well as traditional percussion, wind and plucked instruments.
Review by DC Metro Theater Arts
Unfamiliar though it may have been at first, Anda Union music was captivating and passionate, played with such fervor that the audience was completely enchanted.
– TIFFANY DRAUT, The Gazette, Saturday, September 21, 2013
Preview by The Gazette
Anda (which means “blood brother” or “blood sister”) Union kicks off a 10-week tour of the United States on Friday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The group of 10 musicians will perform a range of songs reflecting the nomadic life of the Mongols, who traveled across the steppes — vast plateaus of grass — to graze herds of sheep, goats, horses and camels.
– VIRGINIA TERHUNE, The Gazette, Thursday, September 19, 2013
Live performance of "Galloping Horses"
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