Founded in 1991 by students at the Conservatory of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, this six-piece group blends contemporary music of the region with traditional forms and instrumentation. These traditions have remained strikingly unspoiled in Mongolia, a large proportion of the population of which remains nomadic. The groups name translates as harmony, or, more colloquially, beautiful melody. Through the 90s and on into the mid-00s, Egschiglen played festivals in Korea, Russia and throughout Europe, including Recklinghausens UN-ART Festival, Expo 2000 in Hannover, Readings WOMAD Festival and Istanbuls Mystic Music Festival. They have also performed a modern opera, Ghengis Khan, a co-production with Italys Compagnia Pneumatica.
Over the years Egschiglens personnel has altered but in an early form included Tumenbayar Tume Migdorj (morin khuur, a two-string instrument that is played...