At the ANNEX
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Sound of Dragon and Caravan World Rhythms present Katajjaq Meets Khoomei - Inuit and Mongolian throat singing, featuring Oktoécho, Orchid Ensemble, and Anand Avirmed
Katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) and Khoomei (Mongolian throat singing) meet in the collaboration between Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver), Oktoécho (Montreal), and Anand Avirmed (Mongolia). This concert is a hybrid that crosses between Inuit, Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, European, and Arabic music and it will be the first time katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) and khoomei (Mongolian throat singing) are presented together on stage in BC. Katajjaq and khoomei are ancestral throat singing techniques that reproduce sounds heard in nature – water flowing, the wind blowing, echoes in mountains, the calls of birds… Coincidentally, these are also major themes in traditional Chinese music.
The Juno nominated Orchid Ensemble [orchidensemble.com] is made up of Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Dailin Hsieh on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on percussion. Oktoecho [en.oktoecho.com] is a collective of musicians from diverse cultures and at this concert, it will be represented by Inuit katajjaq performers Lydia Etok and Caroline Novalinga, multi-instrumentalist Michel Dubeau (flutes, shakuhachi, duduk, clarinet, bagpipe), and Moroccan oud player Khalil Moqadem. Special guest Anand Avirmed will perform khoomei and play the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle).
Learn about Katajjaq and Khoomei, attend the free throat singing workshop at 7pm on June 23 at the Annex.