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Concerts & Events

Wednesday, May 24, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Turvergen Band & Friends

featuring Michael Miles, Graham Nelson, and Justin LaForte

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

Tuvergen Band is a Mongolian folk-fusion group based in Chicago. Each member of this trio brings a different musical tradition to the table, fusing ancient Mongolian and Tuvan melodies with modern sensibilities and idiomatic world music rhythms. Their music is a modern take on nomadic music.

Mongolian folk music draws heavily upon elements of the animals and nature of the region. The nomadic lifestyle has a deep spiritual connection with nature and the elements present in that land. Often there are imitations of animal sounds, weather, and the landscapes of the Mongolian steppe.

Overtone singing, called “Khoomii”, is often utilized in traditional Mongolian music. It is a style of throat singing in which multiple pitches can be produced at the same time by the singer. Doshpuulur is a three-stringed Tuvan lute, similar to a banjo, and is mainly used to accompany Khoomii singing and traditional folk songs. Tovshuur is a two-stringed Mongolian lute. This instrument is often used in accompaniment for storytelling or traditional Mongolian dance. Morin Khuur, also known as “horse-head fiddle” is one of the most iconic Mongolian national instruments. It is a two-string bowed instrument, similar to a cello, and is constructed with horsehair to make the strings and bow. A horsehead sits atop the instrument providing the character and spirit of the instrument.