Hailing from the Russian republic of Tuva, the Alash Ensemble specializes in an ancient style of throat singing specific to its home region, pairing the unique vocal approach with traditional Tuvan instrumentation. The group also incorporates some surprising Western influences, including free jazz, psychedelic rock and modern classical. The result is a rich, droning sound that’s alternately jarring and hypnotic. Alash’s live show has been known to provoke a strong emotional response from those in attendance. The ensemble is back at Hendershot’s on Saturday to give those who missed out on its last Athens show another chance to experience this singular performance.
ALASH ENSEMBLE Trained in Tuvan throat singing since childhood, these touring musicians mesh that traditional sound with more contemporary ideas. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.