Blessed with an extraordinary voice, URNA has the ability to directly communicate with her listeners through her music, transcending all linguistic and cultural barriers with her dynamic, soaring vocals. Her songs evoke the immense grasslands of Mongolia and relate stories about the Mongolian way of life.
Born into a family of nomadic herders in the Ordos grasslands of Inner Mongolia URNA carries the spirit of her homeland in her music as she performs around the world. While being rooted in the traditional music of her homeland, URNA continues to take her music in new directions. Her latest compositions emphasize free, brushstroke-like improvisations, which have been inspired by her recent experiences with other cultures and musicians and her life outside Mongolia. With this constant yearning to take her music beyond convention, URNA has performed with many internationally renowned musicians and her forthcoming CD “Ser (Awakening)“ with the Polish group Kroke is a shining example of this.
“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 small orchestra.”
Words from a German critic, when he heard URNA Chahar-Tugchi performing for the first time.
In the summer of 2003, URNA sealed her place as a major contributor to world music in Europe when she was awarded the RUTH prize in Germany for Best International Artist.
URNA is based in Berlin where she has lived for several years.
SER (Awakening) Album Release Tours: Spring and Summer 2019, and on request (also solo and other line-ups possible)
Line-up URNA & KROKE
U r n a (voc, lead) • Tomasz Kukurba (viola,voc) • Jurek Bawol (accordion) • Tomasz Lato (b)