Ra­dio show about G.Ari­un­baatar nom­i­nated for Prix Europa

The UB Post - - Sports & Culture -

A doc­u­men­tary ra­dio show called “From the Steppes to the Stage” about State Hon­ored Artist and Lau­re­ate of the Or­der of Ching­gis Khan G.Ari­un­baatar aired ear­lier this year on BBC Ra­dio 4. The show was cre­ated by Kate Molle­son and pro­duced by Steven Ra­jam. Re­cently, the pro­gram was nom­i­nated for the Prix Europa, which is awarded an­nu­ally to the top five jour­nal­ists and au­dio pro­grams of the year.

The one-hour pro­gram fea­tured G.Ari­un­baatar, his par­ents, and his vo­cal coach Mary Kong, who had been so touched by his per­for­mance of “Mon­go­lian Steppe” that she bawled in tears. Ad­di­tion­ally, the au­thor of the book “Mon­go­lian Mu­sic, Dance and Oral Nar­ra­tive”, eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gist Ca­role Pegg and Head of the Na­tional Aca­demic Theater of Opera and Bal­let Ch.Munkhzul spoke of G.Ari­un­baatar and his mu­sic.

The show sur­prised the au­di­ence with Mon­go­lian throat singing and con­cludes the song with eth­nic band Soyol-Er­dene that in­cludes all the main el­e­ments of mu­sic that is played in Mon­go­lia. They per­formed folk or long songs, horse fid­dle (murin khuur), the main theme of “Uran Khas” bal­let “Dum­bee and Aria”.

Some ex­perts have crit­i­cized the pro­gram as a re­flec­tion of the Mon­go­lian mu­sic world since it in­cluded a wide va­ri­ety of the mu­sic in the coun­try de­spite hav­ing the focus on G.Ari­un­baatar.

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