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Ondar EP

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DJHDD Tuvan throat-singer Kongar-ol Ondar & Dirtwire's swamp tronic space cowboy sound merging Mongolian sounds with southern Appalachia rock into world beats with a tribal dance floor rhythm. Very unique. Favorite track: Ibex ft. Kongar-ol Ondar.
Jason Harvey
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Jason Harvey This album is just so wonderful! I worked out to it and meditated for a bit. I would love to see some future collaboration with a didgeridoo artist! Keep 'em coming Dirtwire! Favorite track: The 9 Heavens ft. Kongar-ol Ondar.
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peter strong I dig this band but this EP only delivered me one track
Ed Buckley
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Ed Buckley This is a set of pieces built around the throat singing of the Tuvan singer Ondar. Tuva is a section of Russia near Mongolia, and the singing style is fairly unique; based on the creation of harmonics. This is another eclectic work from Dirtwire
Calamity Sam
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Calamity Sam Other worldly and haunting- yet another amazing album to add to the soundtrack of my life.
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The Bay Area Meets Tuva on Electro-Acoustic Tribute to Throat-Singing Legend

Unlikely worlds harmoniously intersect on the Ondar EP, the newest release by Bay Area-based electro-acoustic duo Dirtwire. The EP honors the musical legacy of Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar (1962–2013), with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Ondar's legacy in Tuva.

The Ondar EP originated from a chance encounter in 2013 when Dirtwire's Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila and Stellamara) was invited to play mouth harp with Ondar -- the “Groovin' Tuvan” -- during a private performance in Marin, CA. Ondar's vocals were recorded by David Satori (Beats Antique) in a home studio later that night. "Taiga," the EP's key track, is an ode to Bai-laa Taigam, an expansive steppeland in the singer's home region of Tuva, Russia. Throughout the EP, the mellifluous interplay of acoustic and electronic often makes it difficult to tell where Ondar's otherworldly voice leaves off and Dirtwire's ambient textures begin.

“It was a great honor and a privilege to get to collaborate with such a musical legend of the Earth,” says Fraser of his experience working with Ondar. “You can picture the natural beauty of his native Tuva as you hear him sing. Ondar will be missed and remembered forever.”


released June 17, 2014



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