Zazal by Egschiglen  Felmay Records FY 8837 (recorded 2000)

Another fine CD by one of the current batch of groups from Mongolia. It features the marvellous khöömii of Amra (Amartuwshin Baasadorj) on at least five of the pieces. Finely recorded the Cd is a mix of traditional arrangements and contemporary compositions performed by Tume (Tumenbayar Migdory) on Morin Khuur & vocals, Tunuruu (Tumursaihan Yanlav) Morin khuur, aman khuur & vocals, Uugan (Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir) Ih Khuur, Boogi (Batbold Wandansenge) percussion, denshig, vocals and Saran (Sarangerel Tserevsamba) yoochin & vocals.


1. Hartai sarlag Traditional ‑ arranged by Tumenbayar Migdori ‑ solo khöömii vocals by Amra and solo vocals by Boogi

    This song is inspired by an old melody of Durvud minority from the western region of Mongolia. It's used on the pastures as a calming song for yaks.

2. Uils dundaa sain  Traditional ‑ text and arrangement by Tumenbayar Migdorj ‑ solo vocals by Amra, Boogi, Saran and Tummu

    This is a folk song about the risks of alcohol. When alcohol remains in the bottle, there is calm, but when it is out of the bottle, there is a fiestiness. It is heard in

     toasts: Alcohol should only be used for the good things in life!

3. Yamaanii boodog Composed by Hangal ‑ text by Amartuwshin Baasandorj ‑ arranged by Uuganbaatar Tsend‑Ochir ‑ solo khöömii vocals by Amra

    The “goat stone roast” is a Mongolian meat dish prepared for special occasions such as celebrations and long trips through the nature. During one such trip, the

    composer Hangal had the idea for this music. How to prepare “Yamaanii boodog”: The goat will be slaughtered, the head cut off, the innards will be taken out

    through the neck and seasoned with salt, onions and herbs. The goat will then be stuffed with this mixture and hot stones and grilled. Enjoy!

4. Han huhiin uuland Composed by Sharav and Mend‑Amar ‑ text and.arrangement by Tumenboyar Migdorj solo khöömii vocals by Amra and solo vocals by 

    Boogi This song is about Han Huhii mountains extend in the eastern area of Mongolia. The first part of this song, an instrumental by Mongolian composers Sharav

    and Mend‑Amar, was originally written for flute. Egschiglen has re‑arranged this song for traditional Mongolian instruments and the flute has been replaced by the


5. Talin salhi Composed by Isao Tomita ‑ text by Choinom ‑ arranged by Tumenbayar Migdorj ‑ solo khöömii vocals by Amra and solo female vocals by Saran

    Egschiglen improvises from a Japanese melody with poems by a Mongolian poet. The song tells about several incidents in the 12th and 13th centuries during the

    period of Gengis Khans, who drastically altered the world of that time.

6. Mandluhai Composed by Janzannorov ‑ text and arrangement by Tumenboyar Migdorj solo vocals by Amra, Boogi and Tummu. This melody goes back to

    the  Mongolian composer Janzannorov who studied in Kiev and Ulaan Bataar. Janzannorov is one of the most famous exponents of' Mongolian contemporary

    music. To date, he has composed more than 200 pieces for theatre and cinema. He is a contemporary and teacher of Egschiglen.

7. Herlengiin barya Traditional ‑ arranged by Tumursahain solo morfin khuur by Tumruu. This piece is inspired by the traditional “Long songs” (urtyn duu)

    known throughout Central Asia. These songs are extremley slow, serious and sad. Tumruu follows with his morin khuur the endless streaming river Herlen in the

    central east part of Mongolia.

8. Haramgui Composed, text and arrangement, solo khöömii vocals and moriin khuur by Amartuwshin Baasandorj This song is a khöömii vocal improvisation. It's

     vocal style also called throat singing of diphonic singing. The vocalist Amra modulates between different techniques of this style requiring a complex interplay of

     abdominal breast and body breathing, of vocal cords, glottis and throat, of tongue, lips and oral cavity.

9. Setgeliin egshig Composed by Sharav ‑ arranged by Uunganbaatar Tsend‑Ochir. This instrumental piece goes back to the early 1970 and is one of the first

    compositions of Mongolian modern classic music,

10. Morin khuur konzert Composed by Hangal ‑ arranged by Tumenbayar Migdorj ‑ solo moin khuur by Tume. In the 1980's compositions for morin khuur

      and classical western instruments were written for the first time. Mongolian composer Hangal contributed many works during that time renewal, for the first time

      since the time of Gengis Khan, classical Mongolian music. Hangal studied at the music conservatory of Alma Ata and Svedolovsk. He received the most

      honoured and important art award of the Mongolian republic, the “Turin soerhol". His “Moriin khuur konzert" marked one of the most important turning points in

      Mongolian music history. This work has been re‑arranged by Egschiglen for exclusivley traditional Mongolian instruments (morin khuur solo, morin khuur,

      yoochin, percussion, ih khuur).

11. Elstiin ganga Traditional ‑ text and arrangements by Tumenboyar Migdorj ‑ solo vocals by Amra, Boogi, Tume and Tummu This melody is inspired by a folk

      song from the Darhad minority from the northern part of Mongolia.

12. Yan Tai Wan Göögöö Traditional ‑ arranged by Tumenbayar Migdori ‑ solo vocals by Saran This love song is dedicated to a man called Yan Tai Wan


13. Builgan shar Traditional ‑ arranged by Tumenbayar Migdorj This composition is an allusion to the endless width of the landscapes of the Gobi dessert

      and the camel herds which cross it. It is based on the traditional folk music the Gobi, homeland of the musicians Saran and Uugan.


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