At first glance, the folk musics of Tuva and the United States seem unrelated and incompatible, from opposite sides of the world and in completely different languages. Yet digging just below the surface quickly thaws that cold misconception. Both musical traditions have their foundations in the fiddle and the banjo (igil and doshpuluur in Tuvan), and in both you'll hear stories of lonesome cowboys, beautiful women, fine horses and the mountains, trees and rivers in the lands they call home.
On July 2nd at Joe's Pub, join a few of the finest bluegrass and old-time musicians from the NYC area to welcome the Alash Ensemble from Tuva and take part in this unique cross-cultural collaboration.
Alash are masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.
Andrew Sheron is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His latest solo release, a full-length cyclical concept album titled "The Late Great Bloomer", is the world's first record tracked, mixed and mastered in fully binaural (3D) sound, using novel technology from his time working at Princeton University's 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics Laboratory. His new EP "Small Life" will be available July 8th.