Towards the west, appear the snow-capped summits in the horizon. It’s Altai! The caravan halts a moment. People pray with the eyes full of tears. By the smell of the air, everyone seems to recognize the Altai wind. »
— Galsan Tschinag, The Caravan

Born from the meeting between Johanni Curtet, musician & ethnomusicologist, and Tserendavaa Dashdorj, khöömii performer & nomadic herder, it's been 12 years since the association Routes Nomades has been developing musical and heritage projects around khöömii, Mongolian overtone singing.

Started our adventure on the paths of Mongolia, from Ulaanbaatar to the High Altai, we have explored different musical horizons on the way since 2006; until the edition of the first Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii (2017), through the elaboration of the nomination file of the Mongolian Traditional Art of Khöömii on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (inscribed in 2010).

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Routes Nomades: concerts, tours, records and cultural mediation around the Mongolian musical traditions.

1. Xöömij magtaal
«Praise song to overtone singing», music and lyrics by Ganzorig Nergui (2005), excerpt of the disc Dörvön Berkh, Four Shagai Bones, Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing, Pan Records, 2010.

2. Xöömij uria duudlaga
«Overtone calls», improvisation by Sengedorj Nanjid, Odsuren Baatar, Tserendavaa Dashdorj and Ganzorig Nergui, excerpt of the disc Dörvön Berkh, Four Shagai Bones, Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing, Pan Records, 2010.

3. Khögnö khan magtaal
«Praise song to Khögnö Khan Mountain», vocals, overtone singing, lute tovshuur and fiddle ekel  by Tserendavaa Dashdorj et Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa, excerpt of the disc Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel, Chants diphoniques de l’Altaï mongol, Buda musique, 2008.

4. Xurdan morini magtaal
«Praise song to Race Horse», cover and arrangement of a Mongolian folk song Khotgoidyn Unaga (The Foal of Khotgoid), excerpt of the disc Dörvön Berkh, Four Shagai Bones, Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing, Pan Records, 2010.

5. Toroi bandi
A long song dedicated to a historic man, performed khosmoljin khöömii technique (combined khöömii) by Tserendavaa Dashdorj, excerpt of the disc Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel, Chants diphoniques de l’Altaï mongol, Buda musique, 2008.

6. Dillu
Sardinian traditional song by Voix Nomades Sardaigne-Mongolie ensemble, unpublished, recorded in public at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, 2013.

7. Xumun torlogton
Mongolian folk song «Humanity», uruulyn khöömii technique (labial khöömii) par Tserendavaa Dashdorj, excerpt of the disc Tserendavaa & Tsogtgerel, Chants diphoniques de l’Altaï mongol, Buda musique, 2008.

8. Ser xargain suuder
«Shadow of the Larch», Torguud Mongolian folk song, performed by Sengedorj Nanjid, accompanied by Ganzorig Nergui with horse head fiddle, excerpt of the disc Dörvön Berkh, Four Shagai Bones, Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing, Pan Records, 2010.

9. Ex Oronii magtaal
«Praise song to the Motherland», composed by Ganzorig Nergui (2005) on the poem Ekh Oron (Motherland) by Sh. Dulmaa, arranged with Dörvön Berkh ensemble, excerpt of the disc Dörvön Berkh, Four Shagai Bones, Masters of Mongolian Overtone Singing, Pan Records, 2010.

10. Dörvön nastai haliun
«The Four-Year Old Dun Horse», Mongolian folk song performed by Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa and arranged in polyphony by Voix Nomades Sardaigne-Mongolie ensemble, unpublished, recorded in public at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, 2013.

Photos: Olga