After the initial craziness of arriving in Ulaanbaatar doing TV and radio spots, making stands for taiko and carting our equipment all of the city we’ve settled into a little routine. We rehearse during the evening while the days are relatively open. Yesterday I tried to go to the national museum but it was closed because I didn’t realize it was Monday. Still I had fun wandering around Ulaanbaatar.
The day before yesterday a Mongolian group called Boerte came to our rehearsal and performed for us. They were amazing and inspiring! They perform on a variety of traditional instruments and created the music for the Oscar nominated documentary The Story of the Weeping Camel.
Our own music is coming together nicely. Yesterday Tetsuro and I learned a piece called “Chingis Khaany Magtaal” or “Ode to Chingis Khan” performed by our virtousic Morin Huur player Shinetsog. This song has become one of my favorite pieces music and it’s going to be great to be able to perform it with such great musicians. Today we had our first run through of the program and tomorrow we have our first concert in Ulaanbaatar! More soon!