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Nada Mongolia 1994 1

 

When I first visited Mongolia in 1993 I managed to book my return visit the next year by receiving an invite from the Mongolian Ministry of Culture & Recreation to tour with Nada, a music group that I co-founded with Graeme Scott and Alquimia. Below is a brief report of the tour that I sent to my sponsors, the British Council, The Arts Council and The Tibet Foundation. I have added some images from the footage shot by Steve Teers of DiVa Pictures

 

NADA completed the most extensive musical tour of Mongolia by a British group. 17 concerts were played in the month or so of the tour. NADA travelled over 2,000km visiting 7 different aimags (provinces) performing their unique brand of cross-cultural music to the people of Mongolia. They collaborated with Mongolian musicians and made contacts with musicologists, schools, composers and theatre directors all around the country. NADA members carried out research projects in their sphere of interest. NADA were interviewed for Mongolian radio and a 40-minute program about NADA was broadcast on Mongolian national television. All in all the tour was a resounding success of cultural cooperation between Britain and Mongolia. The tour has also opened the gateway for further cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.

 

NADA in this reincarnation consisted of

Michael Ormiston: ‑ Tour leader, khöömii, limbe, ney, clarinet, Tibetan singing bowls, Morin Khuur, Ocarina, shawm, darabuka, voice, Khalsan Khuur, Tomur Khuur and harmonic flutes.

Graeme Scott: ‑    Darabuka, voice, keyboards and improvised piano (when one was found).

Viv Corringharn: ‑    Voice (Turkish and Gospel songs), darabuka.

Sianed Jones: ‑          Voice (welsh and original melodies) and violin.

Richard Manning: ‑ Didgeridoo.

Steve Teers – Video camera, drums and flute

 

NADA were accompanied by Steve Teers and Rebecca Shepherd of Diva film and Video productions, with Chris Johnston who was representing PAN records. Richard Manning doubled up as tour Photographer. NADA were joined on the Ulaanbaatar to Khovd leg of the tour by Gereltsogt and his wife Oyuna. Gereltsogt being  one of Mongolia's popular Khöömii singers. Finally Javhlan joined the group as translator.

 

NADA arrived in Mongolia at the end of August. Ulaanbaatar was wet, miserable and had changed quite a lot since my visit last year. A greater variety of food was available in the markets (some of them new). We even managed to buy some bananas and petrol was more freely available. However the prices had risen which meant that only the more well off Mongolians could buy these products.

 

Susan Bright from the VSO very kindly arranged accommodation for us in Ulaanbaatar. We also had assistance from Od at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Javhlan our translator and Priscilla Allan in this department. The concert arrangements in the aimags (provinces) were finalised with Tavkhiin Baasarjav from the Ministry of Culture. We chose to travel on the southern route via Bayanhongor and Altai as the exceptional rain for this time of the year had made it a bit dodgy to travel via Moron and Uliastai in the north. Our mode of transport was a twenty three seater coach which we hired from Natsagdorj the driver at the long distance bus depot near the circus.

 

 

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