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Trailer for The Legend of Ondar the Groovin' Tuvan
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Ondar to Perform January 5 in Santa Ana
Ondar will perform at the
Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, on Saturday, January 6, 2013:
From the Bowers web site:
Zhena Folk Chorus presents a concert of haunting and stirring a cappella songs from the villages of Bosnia-Hercegovinia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Russia and Turkey. Led by director Eve Pericich, the singers are adorned in authentic, beautifully ornamented costumes and provide a lively narrative that will transport you to long-ago places and times. Special vocal performance by Ondar, the master throat singer from Tuva, in southern Siberia, and a joint finale!
Christmas Eve, 2012
A message from Ralph Leighton, founder of Friends of Tuva, and author of Tuva or Bust!: [edited January 4, 2013, to remove the link to purchase the e-book]
While we're thinking of Santa Claus riding his sleigh powered by flying reindeer, let's hear the legend of ONDAR THE GROOVIN' TUVAN -- the original reindeer rider!
Here's where you can get the whole story: The Legend of Ondar the Groovin' Tuvan! -- it's a 6-minute music video masquerading as a children's book (perfect for an iPad), full of fascinating possibilities for what might have been. This modern-day folk tale comes alive with magical watercolor illustrations by Bart Choy, mesmerizing throat-singing by Ondar, and captivating narration by Roy "Future Man" Wooten of Flecktones fame.
All income from the sale of the Ondar the Groovin' Tuvan video book goes directly towards paying Ondar's costs in participating in the January 1, 2013, Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Follow Ondar's progress towards the parade on Facebook!
Here's a preview of a
portion of The Legend of Ondar the Groovin' Tuvan!
On January 1, 1993, three Tuvan horsemen and musicians rode down
Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as part of the Rose Parade.
Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, and Anatoly Kuular were accompanied by
their friend and translator Rada Chakar at a time when Tuvan culture was almost
completely unknown in North America, outside of a few persistent fanatics.
Since that time, Tuvan culture has become part of western pop culture, appearing everywhere from Hollywood movies (Geronimo), late night TV talk shows (David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Chevy Chase) and TV situation comedies (Big Bang Theory). Tuvan musicians have toured the world countless times and have recorded with musicians too numerous to mention, notably including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as well as Frank Zappa, after meeting him on their trip to Pasadena for the Rose Parade.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of that epic journey from Tuva to California, the Rose Parade organization has invited Kongar-ol Ondar to ride in the Parade on January 1 2013, with two wrestlers accompanying him on foot.
If you can't watch the parade in person, you can always try to catch it on TV, or follow Ondar's updates on Facebook!!
You can help support Ondar's visit (which is funded entirely through personal donations) by making a donation yourself!
Recurring monthly donation:
Ondar has established a relationship with Creative Visions Foundation that
allows him to accept charitable donations to support his artistic endeavors in
the USA. Creative Visions Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3, which supports
Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive
change in the world. All donations are tax deductible.
Kongar-ool Ondar leaves Kyzyl to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade!
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Ondar was in Los Angeles as part of the TEDX conference titled "Feynman's Vision: The Next 50 Years".
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