At the Orpheum
Hanggai Charity Concert
Hanggai (杭盖), from the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. The band is comprised of Mongolian-Chinese musicians, members of one of China’s 55 official ethnic minorities. Though rooted in the northern province of Inner Mongolia, the members of Hanggai, like the country’s Mongolian population, grew up in disparate parts of the country, uniting in the capital, Beijing. The band came together in 2004 when Ilchi and another member of his rock band rediscovered traditional Mongolian music on regular trips home from the capital. A period of intense study and growing excitement resulted in the formation of the band.
Hanggai conceives their live shows as an opportunity to share the experience of the grasslands, and the nomadic lifestyle that is an essential part of the Mongolian identity, with audiences: The freedom and beauty of the steppe, the experience of life from the back of a horse. As one fan put it: “When I close my eyes, I can see the grasslands.”
Partial proceeds will go to Richmond Community Foundation's Scholarship Fund.