Throat-singing AnDa Union to perform music throughout community

AnDa Union, a throat-singing band from China, will be performing at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the group will be interacting with the Lawrence community at various events this week.

The 10-member band combines traditional Mongolian instruments, such as the horse head fiddle, two-stringed lutes and morin khuur, with throat singing, a form where the singer manipulates the resonances of air traveling from the lungs into a melody.

The group is devoted to preserving and promoting ancient Mongolian music while creating original work as well.

Tickets to the show can be purchased online at the Lied Center's website. Adult tickets range from $19-22, while children, students, KU staff and seniors can get in for $9-$10.

The Lied Center performance is the culmination of a three-day tour of sorts of eastern Kansas. On Tuesday, the group will meet with KU and Lawrence middle school students. AnDa Union will also team up with the Americana Music Academy for a jam session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, AnDa Union will tour a working ranch near Alma and meet with local musicians for another improvised performance. Details of that event are not yet available.

The band members, all from Hohhot, China, have a strong Mongolian heritage. They formed the ensemble in 2003.

AnDa Union first visited the Lied Center in 2011 as part of the China Festival. They were also featured in a documentary, "AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City," which followed them as they made a 6,000-mile journey through the grasslands of Inner Mongolia to explore the origin of their music.

Jim Gilchrist of The Scotsman newspaper wrote of the band: "Their opening number could have supplanted an entire old-fashioned BBC sound effects department, as they evoked wind-swept steppes, bird calls, ringing bells, and… the approaching thunder of hooves.”

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