Mongolian horse Fiddle meets an Oud (The Wood in Arabic) in a unique fusion of galloping Mongolian rhythms, sparkling harmonic singing, and the warm, evocative nuances of the oud, and other exotic strings. An ethereal delight!
Horse and wood is recent project combining the sounds of the Mongolian Horse Fiddle and Harmonic throat singing from Bukhchuluun Ganburged with the classic Arabian textures of the Oud playing of John Robinson. The result is frequently undefinable but always spectacular.
Mongolia meets the Australian Middle East! The stunning artistry and musicianship of Mongolian horse head fiddle player and throat singer Bukhu meets the beautiful lilt of Arabic Oud, Turkish and Bulgarian lute player John Robinson, intricate and melodic lines of vocals, darabuka and winds player Andy Busuttil.
EQUUS is the latin root of the word ‘equine’. The traditional songs of Mongolia played as you have never heard them before.
He’s an interesting man in anyone’s language. You get the impression that anything capable of making a sound will be co-opted into his arsenal; supporting the most ancient of music or the newest of his tunes and songs with equal ease. What he can do with a mobile phone ring tone, used to have to be supplied by two or three members of a band.
Added to his beloved Horse-fiddle, a completely ancient traditional instrument, he may use other, unnamed stringed things, a jews harp maybe, or all sorts of electronic wizardry, and then his voice as well. More layers than an onion?
The voice intrigues me most. He uses it as we would, vaguely baritone and mellow. (not thin and reedy like some oriental singers). Then, with no warning other vocal sounds emerge interwoven with everything else he’s doing. He explains there are four main tones possible in throat singing, from a high shimmer – like Northern Lights, but in sound, then on down to a bad, bad grumble. He’s a natural teacher and tells you how to do it.
With a twinkly sense of humour, he makes himself understood in slightly halting English, obviously enjoying the interaction. He is a new Aussie and his version of Waltzing Mathilda was so simple and loving it brought a lump to my throat. Do come and see him. For this man there are no barriers or divides – just music; and it’s great!
Bukhu performs on 1st September 2012 at 7.30pm for the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club
Also on the night, to support the multicultural theme, will be the lovely young dancers from Marie Claire’s award-winning “Voyage of Irish Dance” school. Additionally Bill Wiseman who is well known for his love of Irish Music especially the hauntingly beautiful Irish airs on whistle will also complete the lineup.
Bukhu had a chance to connect with many amazing performers at this years Australia’s National Folk festival. Here’s a video of one of his impromptu performances during the event with Hawaiian musician Daniel Ho.
Multi-Grammy award winner Daniel Ho performs his composition “Haiku” on ‘ukulele, accompanied by Mongolian throat singer and horse fiddle player, Bukhu.
“Haiku” is from Daniel’s album “Ukulele Classics & Originals”
The performance was part of Australia’s National Folk Festival 2012 at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Australia’s festival flagship, the ‘National’, draws people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture. Hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous venues.
Folklorica is host to the Folklines programme, which presents the rituals, dance, music and songs of the many folk traditions that have come to Australia over the past 220 years. The beautiful, colourful Ratha Yatra Indian Chariot pulls up next to the venue when it’s not rolling through the streets. Folklorica comfortably seats a couple of hundred Festivillians – many of whom come only to see events in this programme at a lovely, breezy venue.
Feature:The Rhythm Divine
ABC Radio National presenter Geoff Wood explores music and song from the world’s religious and sacred traditions-from Indian classical music to mythic Mongolian fiddle and Khoomi chant, extraordinary songs of the Turkish Ashik mystic troubadours to Persian Sufi ney, finishing with the harmonic chant of Tibetan monks.
Friday 30th December 1:00pm
Feature:Ritual Music For Healing
Experience the ancient power of healing with ritual music from the magical Horse-head fiddle, the Morin Khuur to Tibetan monastic chant. Moving to Iran and the Middle East, the daf drum invokes the soul to help hasten the healing process in Sufi healing ceremonies.