Nada Mongolia 1994 1
When I first visited Mongolia in 1993 I managed to book
my return visit the next year by receiving an invite from the Mongolian
Ministry of Culture & Recreation to tour with Nada, a music group that I
co-founded with Graeme Scott and Alquimia. Below is a brief report of the tour that
I sent to my sponsors, the British Council, The Arts Council and The Tibet
Foundation. I have added some images from the footage shot by Steve Teers of DiVa Pictures
NADA completed the most
extensive musical tour of Mongolia
by a British group. 17 concerts were played in the month or so of the tour.
NADA travelled over 2,000km visiting 7 different aimags (provinces) performing
their unique brand of cross-cultural music to the people of Mongolia. They collaborated with
Mongolian musicians and made contacts with musicologists, schools, composers
and theatre directors all around the country. NADA members carried out research
projects in their sphere of interest. NADA were interviewed for Mongolian radio
and a 40-minute program about NADA was
broadcast on Mongolian national television.
All in all the tour was a resounding success of cultural cooperation between Britain and Mongolia. The tour has also opened
the gateway for further cultural and educational exchange between the two
NADA in this reincarnation
Michael Ormiston: ‑ Tour leader, khöömii, limbe, ney, clarinet,
Tibetan singing bowls, Morin Khuur, Ocarina, shawm, darabuka, voice, Khalsan
Khuur, Tomur Khuur and harmonic flutes.
Graeme Scott: ‑
Darabuka, voice, keyboards and improvised piano (when one was found).
Viv Corringharn: ‑
Voice (Turkish and Gospel songs), darabuka.
Sianed Jones: ‑
Voice (welsh and original melodies) and violin.
Richard Manning: ‑ Didgeridoo.
Steve Teers – Video camera, drums and flute
NADA were accompanied by
Steve Teers and Rebecca Shepherd of Diva film and Video productions, with Chris
Johnston who was representing PAN records. Richard Manning doubled up as
tour Photographer. NADA were joined on the Ulaanbaatar to Khovd leg of the tour by
Gereltsogt and his wife Oyuna. Gereltsogt being
one of Mongolia's
popular Khöömii singers. Finally Javhlan joined the group as translator.
NADA arrived in Mongolia at the
end of August. Ulaanbaatar
was wet, miserable and had changed quite a lot since my visit last year. A
greater variety of food was available in the markets (some of them new). We
even managed to buy some bananas and petrol was more freely available. However
the prices had risen which meant that only the more well off Mongolians could
buy these products.
Susan Bright from the VSO
very kindly arranged accommodation for us in Ulaanbaatar. We also had assistance from Od
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Javhlan our translator and Priscilla Allan
in this department. The concert arrangements in the aimags (provinces) were
finalised with Tavkhiin Baasarjav from the Ministry of Culture. We chose to
travel on the southern route via Bayanhongor and Altai as the exceptional rain
for this time of the year had made it a bit dodgy to travel via Moron and Uliastai in the
north. Our mode of transport was a twenty three seater coach which we hired
from Natsagdorj the driver at the long distance bus depot near the circus.