Sunday at the Bois noir.

Exceptional: this year, the guest of honor of the festival is a Mongolian trio. We exchanged our mountains of the Alps against the summits of the Altai. To invite them, we took the opportunity of the release of the disc '' An Anthology of the Mongolian khöömii '' edited by Routes nomades


Egschiglen is an old group that has already traveled many festivals of the world. Originally, it was in 1991 that four students from the Conservatory of Music of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, created this group. Over the years and CDs, his composition and his music have evolved. The name, Egshiglen, means '' Beautiful melody ''. The musicians have a folkloric but also contemporary repertoire and invite the spectator to taste the naturalist poetry and the legends proper to Mongolia. Egschiglen  can go from sextet to trio, it will come to Feufliâzhe in small formation.

They sing the khöömii, this diphonic song, alternating singing from the throat with singing from the head, like the yodle, but much more guttural and deep. This kind of song is classified by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity. Khöömii means larynx, it is from there than the drone is produced. With the lips and the tongue they simultaneously make the harmonics, some up to 40! The basic structure of the khöömii consists of a continuous bass and a musical "triple". To sing the khöömii, one must use the vocal cords, the nasal and oral cavities, and even the thorax to vibrate the current of air circulating between the three. They can simultaneously produce two sounds up to six octaves and make the sound of a falling waterfall, wind on the prairie and cries of animals. This is what the diphonic singer will propose an initiation course on Sunday morning at the Feufliâzhe. But it takes a long job and a lot of practice to imitate the birdsong, so do not think about making more than a few sounds during this morning. You will feel the work and vibration of your body. Those who have done the Feufliâzhe yodle courses will be interested to learn another facet of the diphonic songs.

On stage the khöömii is accompanied by instruments more amazing than the next. The best known of Mongolian instruments is the Morin Khuur, the hurdy-gurdy with a horse head . But they also play a bass with a horse head (tovshuur) gong, flutes and horns.

Musicians :

"Tumru" Yanlav Tumursaihan

"Amra" Amartuwshin Baasandorj

"Ugan" Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir

Two German newspaper articles with English translation below here and here

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