Mongolia on my mind…

By Neil Pederson

with the 2010 field season off & running, Mongolia has started moving to the front of my mind. it has been fun and exciting to witness the spirit in which young Mongolians blend new and traditional culture. one of the best examples of this so far is the folk rock band, Atlan Urag. the instant i first heard a recording of theirs, i was completely captured. when i heard how they incorporated traditional singing and instruments with western and modern musical stylings, i was completely hooked. the live performance, including throat-singning in a rocking song, is mind blowing:

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