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Evening of Mongolian Culture at Royal Overseas League

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THE INTER-CULTURAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

“Friendship and Fellowship”

 

AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING OF MONGOLIAN CULTURE

WEDNESDAY, 14 APRIL 2010

THE ROYAL OVER-SEAS LEAGUE, PARK PLACE, LONDON SW1A 1LR

GUEST SPEAKER: HE AMBASSADOR ALTANGEREL BULGAA

 

THE EVENING’S PROGRAMME

7:00pm Registration

Viewing of Mongolian paintings

Sale of arts and crafts, and souvenir items

7:30 – 10:30pm Dinner, to be followed by a cultural performance

Running order

Welcome and introduction of the Guest Speaker by Loline Reed, TICSL President

Opening speech by HE Ambassador Mr Altangerel Bulgaa

Dinner

 

Mongolian cultural performance

Introduction of performers by Unurmaa Janchiv, Board Member of the Mongolian Association in the UK and Committee Member of the ICSL

Traditional melody on morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) by Odgerel, morin khuur artist from Mongolia

Mongolian throat singing with morin khuur by Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino, both of whom studied throat singing and morin khuur from eminent throat singers in Mongolia (Michael for six years and Candida for one year)

Folk dance by Zorigoo and Oyuna, professional members of a circus cast in the UK

Contortion by Iona Luvsandorj, a Law student and semi-finalist of television’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ show

‘Let It Be’ on morin khuur by Odgerel

Folk Dance Solo by Zorigoo

Mongolian throat singing ‘Praise to the Altai mountain by Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino

 

Closing remarks by Loline Reed

Introduction

Guest Speaker: His Excellency Mr Altangerel Bulgaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia has an MA in International Law from Moscow’s Institute of International Relations, Russia and an MA in Political Sciences from Moscow’s Institute of Political Sciences, Russia. He obtained a PhD in International Law, Kiev Taras Shivchenko National University, Ukraine, and undertook special training for International Affairs at Columbia University, New York, USA. Ambassador Altangerel speaks English, Russian and Spanish. He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia; the Embassy of Mongolia in Afghanistan; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia; and served as Advisor for Foreign Policy in the Parliament of Mongolia. He has been Director of the Foreign Relations Division, Secretariat of the Parliament of Mongolia; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Bulgaria, Lebanon, Romania, the Republic of Turkey and Uzbekistan; and Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia. He is present Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Ireland, Iceland, South Africa and the UK.

Odgerel is a morin khuur artist from Mongolia. The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур) is a bowed stringed instrument whose full classical Mongolian name (morin-u toloɣai tai quɣur) means ‘fiddle with horse’s head’. It produces a sound which is poetically described as ‘expansive and unrestrained, like a wild horse neighing, or like a breeze in the grasslands’. It is the most important musical instrument of the Mongolian people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.

Michael Ormiston is a multi-instrumentalist and probably Europe’s foremost Mongolian khöömii (overtone) singer. In 1993, Michael traveled to Chandman Sum in western Mongolia, where he studied khöömii with Tserendaava in his ger (round felt tent) and with Tsengedorj, Gereltsogt and Ganbold in Khovd and Ulaanbaatar. Khöömii is a remarkable style of singing where one person sings two or more distinct pitches at the same time. Khöömii originates from the central Asian plateau, particularly the Altai-Sayan mountain region of Mongolia and Tuva. The nomads of these parts listened to the natural sounds of their environment and discovered the overtone or harmonic series, from which all sound is born. Michael was given the blessing to teach the basic practices of khöömii by Gereltsogt in 1994, and since then has been teaching Mongolian khöömii and overtone singing around the world. He returned to Mongolia in 1997 and 2000 to further his studies in traditional Mongolian music. Michael is also a composer, and his music was used in the film ‘The Golden Compass’.

Candida Valentino, with Michael, has performed for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and in 2002 toured Europe with her Mongolian khöömii teacher, Tserendaava. Like Michael, Candida has been blessed to teach the basics of khöömii. She has developed ‘sound transformations’ workshops with Michael, and uses healing sounds in individual sessions, as well as in concerts around the UK and Europe. Candida sings traditional songs, chants and mantras from various cultures and has played with Don Conreaux and his ‘Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble’ for the last three years.

Zorigoo and Oyuna are professional folk dancers in Mongolia and professional members of a circus cast in the UK.

Iona Luvsandorj is a Law student in the UK, and also a professional contortionist. She reached the semi-finals of television’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ show. For hundreds of years, contortionists have entertained crowds in Mongolia with their combination of gymnastics and circus skills.

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