“Her voice reminds me of the whistling of the wind, the cold boldness of the stones and the burning heat of the sun. At once splashing like a waterfall, than tender as the moving wings of a butterfly – that is when you understand why Urna’s critics and audience say her voice is like a large orchestra.” That is what a German critic felt, when he heard Urna Chahar-Tugchi performing for the first time.
Urna’s latest recording, Amilal (Life), is a collaborative growth that features accompaniment from the highly acclaimed Zarb percussion masters from Iran, Djamchid Chemirani and Keyvan Chemirani. Completed at the end of 2004, Amilal is Urna’s most personal record of her journeys after leaving Mongolia and portrays her view of the world and of mankind.
Musically, Amilal is a departure from the focus of Urna’s past recordings, which centers on the traditional songs, life and memories of her Mongolian childhood. With the new compositions on this recording, Urna maintains the dignity and the spirit of a Mongolian while embracing a newly-emerging identity as a “world citizen”. Amilal also features Urna’s frequent and close collaborator, violinist Zoltan Lantos.
by Chung Shefong & Tomas Avenarius
During summer 2008 Urna Chahar-Tugchi worked on her film “Ejin Boggdiin Hoyor Jagal” – “The Two Horses of Genghis Khan”, the new film by Byambasuren Davaa the director of “The Story of the Weeping Camel” and “The Cave of the Yellow dog”. In 2009, the world premiere at Lucarno International Film Festival took place and the film was shown worldwide at over 20 International Film Festivals. In June 2010 the film started in the cinemas in Europe: www.dasliedvondenzweipferden.de