AnDa Union Show Friday!

Tomorrow night (Friday, September 23), AnDa Union, a ten-piece folk band from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China will be performing their New England premiere at Wesleyan.

The concert will be in Crowell Concert Hall on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Andrew Colwell, a musician, throat-singer, and PhD student in ethnomusicology. As if this weren’t awesome enough already, AnDa Union themselves will be presenting a lecture/demonstration on Mongolian throat singing and their traditional music and instruments on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 AM in the World Music Hall.

AnDa Union performs rarely heard hoomai (guttural throat songs) and urtinduu (songs with clear long notes), with instrumental accompaniment on the morin huur (horse head fiddle) and maodun chaoer (three-holed reed flute), as well as Mongolian lute, mouth harp and percussion. These young virtuosos dig deep into tradition, unearthing forgotten, otherworldly music.

For those of you who have never seen throat singing, it is definitely one of the coolest things that can be done with the human voice. While I could delve into a lengthy description of what it sounds like, it might be better for you to just watch this clip of their vocal music and this clip of their instrumental music.

Tickets are $22 general public; $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; and only $6 Wesleyan students. Seriously, at only $6 to see throat singing from Inner Mongolia on campus, you should make sure that you don’t miss this show. Go to the box office and grab your ticket! Tickets will also be sold at the door as available, and you can pay in either cash or student account.

There will also be a documentary film about AnDa Union being screened at the Freeman East Asian Studies Center on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM. There will be a post about that when it comes closer, so keep your eyes on Wesleying!

  • AnDa Union Concert:
  • Date: Friday, September 23
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM for the pre-concert talk
  • Place: Crowell Concert Hall
  • Cost: $6 for students
  • AnDa Union Lecture/Demonstration:
  • Date: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Place: World Music Hall
  • Cost: Free!

The AnDa Union concert is a Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. It is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.