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BEYOND series kicks off with Arizona premiere of AnDa Union


September 19, 2011

AnDa Union from China will make its Arizona performance premiere at ASU Gammage, at 7 p.m., Oct. 8. This talented and adventurous ensemble of young musicians from Hohhot, China takes you on a musical voyage into traditions dating back to Genghis Khan and fuses them with a youthful vigor of modern China. 

AnDa Union are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs, drawing on a repertoire of magical music that had all but disappeared during China's recent tumultuous past. AnDa Union hold on to the essence of Mongolian music while creating a form of music that is new. AnDa Union combines different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia, developing an innovation previously unheard of.

“Our music draws from all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified. We all have different ethnic backgrounds and we bring these influences into our music. There is a wealth of folk music for us to learn, so far our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean”, says Hadanbaatar the group’s drummer. The group describe themselves as music gatherers, digging deep into Mongol traditions and unearthing forgotten music. They are on a mission to stimulate their culture and reengage young Mongols, many of who have forgotten how to speak their own language

Tickets are $25 and $10 for students and on sale now at asugammage.com or by calling 480.965.3434 ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard. 

About ASU Gammage
Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world.  ASU Gammage is the home theater of thePROGRESSIVE® Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series. Its mission is connecting communities by providing artistic excellence and educational outreach to the public.  ASU Gammage is an historic hall designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  asugammage.com

About Cultural Participation Programs
Cultural Participation programs are the heart and soul of ASU Gammage. The programs allow ASU Gammage to go beyond a classroom, building, workshop or performance to change lives for the better. More than 35,000 children and families annually have been moved by ASU Gammage Cultural Participation programs and  can only exist with the help of many community partners and sponsors and are key to ASU Gammage's mission of Connecting Communities.