A Celebration of Music From Inner Mongolia
"AnDa Union connects with their audience via a bridge of timeless music."
September 17 • 8:00pm
September 18 • 3:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Bonus Event! Join us in the theater on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:30pm for a pre-show community discussion with Tim Pearce and Sophie Lascelles, co-directors of AnDa Union - From the Steppes to the City, a documentary on the band and their musical/cultural mission! Light refreshments will be provided.
Inner Mongolia’s AnDa Union is on a mission to re-ignite a passion for the culture of their native land, both at home and around the world. Featuring the amazing sounds of the “morin huur” (horse-headed fiddle), the vocal power of “hoomai” (throat singing), and footage from their awe-inspiring 2010 documentary interwoven throughout, this ten-member ensemble will perform an extremely engaging program that will leave audience members breathless, undeniably moved and forever changed.
The majestic culture and powerful history of Inner Mongolia is carried anew by AnDa Union, as they draw musical inspiration from the folk traditions of all the tribes unified by Genghis Khan eight hundred years ago. From Khan’s massive transcontinental empire to the trade connections of the Silk Road, Inner Mongolia has been a crossroads of commercial and cultural exchange since the beginning of recorded time. In the spirit of those that have come before them, AnDa Union dares to follow roads few have travelled before.
The 2011/12 national tour of the AnDa Union is part of a major, multi-year cultural exchange with Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the US Major University Presenter’s consortium. Support for the tour has been provided by the Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China.