11 PIECE, 11 CULTURES, 1 SOUND
Saturday 7 September
Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra
$49/$39/Free (under 18)
The Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra takes listeners on a transformative journey of cultural exchange and discovery in its Eastern suburbs debut. From ancient tunes in diverse languages to contemporary ‘sacred pop’, this 11-piece interfaith ensemble from Western Sydney showcases an array of talent from Aboriginal Australia, Mongolia, East Turkestan, Vietnam, China and more in the creation of ‘new Australian’ sacred music. Cantor George Mordecai, recently returned from New York, joins the ensemble on the opening night of the festival to draw on his Iraqi-Jewish heritage.
In partnership with Emanuel Synagogue
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Bukhchuluun Ganburged – Morin khuur (horse head fiddle)
Bukhchuluun Ganburged (Bukhu) is a master student of the Music and Dance Conservatory of Ulaanbaatar. Bukhu performs the folk musics of Mongolia, while exploring the aural dimensions of sounds generated by traditional instruments and harmonic overtone vocal techniques.
His music brings a contemporary take on the tradition of Mongolian bards of the middle ages and those of ancient times, acting as a national memory bank by working mythologies, historic figures and events into traditional verse form.
Bukhu combines virtuosic morin Khuur (horse head fiddlehorse head fiddle) and khuumii (harmonic overtone throat singing) skills to transmit the harmony of Mongolian Shamanic culture through time and space. He has played for audiences in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech, Luxemburg, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Austria and Australia, with the Morin Khuur Ensemble, Khangal Quartet and Domog folk band.
Shohrat Tursun - Dutar and vocals
Shohrat is a master dutar player, singer and actor. He is an ambassador for Uyghur culture’s music and has appeared in concerts in Japan, China, USA and Germany. He has also recorded and released a CD in Japan.