Chinbat Baasankhuu: The Art of the Mongolian Yatga (Arc Music)

 |   |  <1 min read

Variations on two traditional songs
Chinbat Baasankhuu: The Art of the Mongolian Yatga (Arc Music)

For those who haven't been paying attention, the Mongolian yatga is like a cross-border cousin to the Korean gayageum, Japanese koto and Chinese gu-zheng.

We're joking of course.

You're allowed to say, "Wow, who knew?"

So let's be clearer: The yatga is a plucked, 13 or 21-string instrument played horizontally and it's extremely large. And rarely heard outside Mongolia.

But if you do want to hear someone play it then this professor at the National University of Culture and Art in the department of traditional music in Ulan Bator is the one.

As with the great gayageum master Bjungki Hwang, she makes the instrument sing and its staccato sound seem gently romantic.

This lovely collection -- with the customary interesting and informative liner notes from Arc Music which offers background to the instrument, the artist and the music which come contemporary composers or popular songs.

Even if you can't be bothered with reading all that, you can simply tune in to this music which is seductive.

In fact, if you only buy one yatga album this month . . . 

Just jokin' (But not really) 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Kamel El Harrachi: Ghana Fenou (Mosaic/Ode)

Kamel El Harrachi: Ghana Fenou (Mosaic/Ode)

By coincidence Elsewhere here acknowledges the son of another music master in the same week as we pick up the album by Jakob Dylan. Kamel El Harrachi is the Paris-based son of the late oud... > Read more

Speed Caravan: Kalashnik Love (Adami)

Speed Caravan: Kalashnik Love (Adami)

The sound of the oud, a Middle Eastern lute, has frequently found favour at Elsewhere, notably with Le Trio Joubran and Anouar Brahem, and albums like Cairo Nights. But as the title of this... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bernie McGann: 1966 (Sarang Bang)

Bernie McGann: 1966 (Sarang Bang)

Because there is a surprising paucity of readily available music by the great Australian jazz saxophonist Bernie McGann -- who died in September 2013 aged 76 -- this is an especially gratifying... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY talks the art and business of images from PhotoForum

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY talks the art and business of images from PhotoForum

The forthcoming Rim Books publication of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand will mark four decades since PhotoForum was founded. Perhaps the society no longer... > Read more