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Opening act – KAMAAN ensemble :


AJINAI (Mongolia/China)

Ajinai, formed in Beijing in 2009 and comprised of members drawn from across China, is dedicated to bringing traditional Mongolian music into the 21st Century.

The band’s roots are planted firmly in the Mongolian grasslands, but their youth and experience lends a unique and contemporary twist to the traditional music. The group’s music is fueled by the Morin Khuur, or horse-head fiddle, the most important Mongolian musical instrument and a symbol of its people, and Khoomei, throat-singing that features the simultaneous sound of several pitches emanating from one voice.

Because the sounds of both khoomei and the morin khuur are based in the desire to mimic the sounds of nature, listening to Ajinai’s music transports listeners to the wide-open plains of the grasslands, and to a time long before the electric guitar. But the band members’ experience in the rock scene of China’s bustling capital, Beijing, lends a modern element to the music; the rhythm is propelled by equal parts horse-charging and the traditional rock bass and drum, while electric guitars shine through. Finding common ground between the traditions of the ancient past and the sounds of contemporary music produces a music at once ancient and modern; timeless yet forward-looking. It is a sound that has seen the band rise through the ranks of China’s music scene, performing at major venues, events and festivals across the country, as well as to opportunities across Asia, Europe and North America.

The name Ajinai is from Sanskrit the ancient language of India, meaning a majestic and auspicious stallion. An ancient legend tells a story that long time ago there was a king in India who had an impressive and magical green stallion. When Buddhism entered into Mongolia the term Ajinai was used to describe a great stallion arrived; this legend remains until the present time.

Like their Mongolian ancestors hundreds of years ago, the music of the Aijinai band welcomes all elements of outside cultures and through incorporating these foreign elements they have formed the root of Ajinai’s music. Ajinai intends to make their music more diverse, worldly and without boundaries.

Ajinai is:

Hugjiltu, (vocals, khoomei, multi-instrumentalist)
Qiu Weiming (electric bass, vocals)
Buren Bayar (drums, percussion, vocals)
Zhi Wei (electric guitar)

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