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Date

 

Aug 14, Fri

Aug 15, Sat

Aug 17, Mon

Aug 18, Tue

Aug 20, Thu

Aug 21, Fri

Aug 22, Sat

Aug 26, Wed

Aug 27, Thu

Aug 28, Fri

Aug 29, Sat

Sep 01, Tue

              Location

 

4:00 - 6:00 CBC 99.1 Homestretch Houseband

Red Deer - Altai Khangai Trio Central Music Fest 4:45 -5:45 (new time!)

Calgary – The Ironwood

Saskatoon – 35th Anniversary Concert U of S Convocation Hall 7:30 PM

Calgary – Wright Theatre Mount Royal College  7:30 PM

High River – Carlson’s on MacLeod 8:00 PM

Something’s cooking in Calgary! Tba...

Victoria – Alix Goolden Performance Hall 7:30 PM

Vancouver – The Cellar Jazz Club

Altai Khangai Banff Centre with Red Sky - Intensive Voice w/s

Altai Khangai Banff Centre with Red Sky - Intensive Voice w/s

35th Anniversary Concert Kailash Mital Hall Carleton U. Ottawa 7:30 PM

...or contact:   NLQ at NL4tet dot ca

Some sounds from Ulaanbaatar ‘08

 

 

Aconcert for guests of the

Canadian Embassy and

Her Excellency,Ambassdor Anna Biolik.

The audio balance isn’t great. It was a bit hectic

for a board tape. If you look at the front of the

stage in the next photo, you’ll see Robin’s little

Zoom H2 recorder, front and centre.

All things considered, not too shabby!

 

What?     Yo Yo Ma?

 Read this interesting interview with Altai-Hangai about life and music  in Mongolia...

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Recorded August 24/25, 2009 at The Audio Lounge -Aaron Young eng., Calgary

Mar 17, 2010 -- The long-awaited CD, with many of the  tunes and songs performed on the 2009 tour is now completed

and we have produced a short run of 500 copies.  These will become available through Plunge Records and CDBaby, with

downloadables available at iTunes in the next month or two.

1. Nature Boy  10:40

2. Builgan Sharlin Yavdal  5:26

3. Lazy Afternoon  9:36

4. Khuumii Magitaal  4:34

 

5. Moonglow  5:05

6. For Ha Ling  6:47

7. Horse Racing 3:48

8. Gobi’s Song  8:20

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Northern Lights is a collective comprised of some of Calgary’s most popular freelance

musicians performing a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz styles.

 Northern Lights has evolved from a number of ensembles that have consistently worked

toward the development of spacious and interactive music which evokes

 the expansiveness of the Canadian prairies.  The recent CD, Afterthought by The

 Keith Smith Trio is an expression of this approach.

 

 Altai-Khangai performs traditional music from the steppes of Mongolia. 

The morin khuur (horse head fiddle), khuchuur (like the chinese Erhu),

and khoomii (throat singing) evoke the grasslands, deserts, mountains,

horses and nomadic people of Mongolia, the land that knows no fences.

    

Ganbolt and Odontungalag are both instructors at the College of Music and Dance in

Ulaanbaatar, Monoglia.  Ganbolt and Ganzorig play together in the duo/ensemble

 called Altai Khangai (sometimes Altai Hangai). Odontungalag was drafted into

 Altai-Khangai for this project.

 

The music selected for this collaboration introduces these separate traditions and moves

forward together, blending jazz into traditional Mongolian music and the sounds of

Mongolian music into jazz.  In the collaborative pieces the musical traditions both

echo and compliment each other, and as Mongolian musicians add improvisation,

a new sound emerges that is a celebration of both traditions and a symbol of evolving

together in a partnership of co-creation.

 

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A word of thanks...

 

 

Projects like this rarely occur by magic. There is almost always some person of great

faith and energy at the bottom of it, and often several. None of this would have

been possible without the vision and continuing dedicated efforts of Deb Rasmussen

of Calgary.

 

As well as being a fine vocalist, Deb has worked as a consulting agricultural economist

for Agriteam Canada for many years, working all over the world on foreign aid projects.

When in Mongolia, several years ago, she made a friendship with N.Ganbat, a pianist

and drummer in Ulaanbataar. Together, they established a jazz library there, and the

natural outgrowth of that led to the establishment of an NGO which now runs the

Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival held in Ulaanbataar.

 

Deb’s organizational skills are simply amazing. Our trips in Asia have been assisted

through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

through DFAIT, the embassies in Beijing and Ulaanbataar, Agriteam Canada and many

volunteers in China and Mongolia. It was Deb who coordinated all of it, while

at the same time, she’s running a huge 5 year animal health project in several

provinces in China.

 

She’s usually lurking in the organizational shadows when not on stage, and thus,

deserves special mention and a special thank you from all involved in this project

as well as those who will enjoy the fruits of it.

 

A few pix of Deb and Ganbat:

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www.KeithSmith.ca

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