Pop a bottle of wine, clear an half of an hour from distraction, and join me on a wonderful feast for the eyes and ears: a two-part tour of Mongolian folk music.
Instead of embedding all of the videos in one, long page, I decided to use a YouTube playlist. This should make it much easier to sit back and enjoy the music, especially if you are watching this on a TV.
Last weekend, I joined some friends for a trip to the Irving Art Center’s Genghis Khan exhibit. The further we progressed through the exhibit, the more it seemed it would never justify its $12 admission price. It had very little on display, and what it did have was mostly modern. Just when I was about to give up on the exhibit altogether, I heard some live music begin. Intrigued, I ran around the corner to find a beautifully decorated room containing some very nice pieces (all still unrelated to Genghis Khan without a significant stretch of the imagination), and these two musicians performing:
I was immediately enraptured by this new type of fiddle, as well as confused by the way it was stopped.