Hanggai March 2014
Hanggai, from the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. The band’s members come from Inner Mongolia which covers a vast portion of China’s north, Xinjiang in China’s far northwest, Qinghai’s Haixi Mongolian Prefecture in northwest China and Beijing, China’s capital which lies far to the east.
Formed in 2004 when Ilchi and fomer band mate Xu Jingcheng re-discovered the beauty of traditional Mongolian music, the band has now grown to seven players, Batubagen (Inner Mongolia), Yiliqi (Inner Mongolia/Beijing), Yilalata (Inner Mongolia), Hurizha (Qinghai), Yin Bao (Inner Mongolia), Niu Xin (Inner Mongolia) and Ailun (Inner Mongolia).
“Hanggai have made the leap from folk phenomenon to crossover pioneers without losing their soul. Built from — and meant for — Mongolia’s wide open spaces, this music will make you homesick for a place you’ve never been.” (Rhapsody)
March 7 & 8
Womadelaide, Adelaide SA
March 9 & 10
Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC
Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick VIC
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
March 15 & 16
Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba NSW
The Basement, Sydney NSW