Morin Khuur Ensemble returns from cultural tour
The State Morin Khuur Ensemble of Mongolia, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary in October, has returned home following successful performances in various countries, including Japan, where the ensemble participated in a project to promote Mongolian arts and culture.
The Morin Khuur Ensemble toured Tokyo, Osaka, and Gosen cities in Japan, with a famous host of the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) television station, Takashita, in December. Their performance was part of a cultural project initiated by Mongolian renowned State Prized composer B.Sharav, which aims at introducing Mongolian arts and culture, especially the morin khuur, to the Japanese people. The successful performances by the Morin Khuur ensemble in Japanese cities were reported by the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest newspapers.
The Morin Khuur Quartet of the ensemble performed their 17th concert in Japan as part of the Saruul Tal (Spacious Steppe) project, which is being implemented for its third year. All proceeds from the project will be donated to the health sector of Mongolia. Last year the Saruul Tal project donated equipment to the National Health Centre of Mother and Child and to the First State Maternity Hospital. This year the project team is planning to donate equipment to the Tsagaannuur soum hospital in Huvsgul Province.
Meanwhile, the Arga Bileg ethno-jazz band from the Morin Khuur Ensemble participated in the International Jazz Music Festival held in the USA between December 19 and 21, 2012. Cellists of the ensemble, B.Tselmeg and B.Shinesarnai, participated in the Crescendo International Music Competition, which was also held in the USA in December, and took second place. The two musicians have since been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Their performance is scheduled for January 20.
Moreover, a group of artists from the Morin Khuur Ensemble, including two-time State Prized composer N.Jantsannorov, singer Sh.Chimedtseeye, conductor D.Tuvshinsaikhan and morin khuur players J. Uugantuya and Kh.Batzaya performed at a meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Their performance was well-received and they were asked by the Dalai Lama to perform an encore.
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