BEIJING, January 10 (Itar-Tass) — The Chinese audience praised the masterly performance by the brass band of the Tyva government as it gave standing applause to the visiting musicians on Thursday.
"We were nervous at first, because a tight timeframe to prepare for the guest performance in the Chinese capital could be a major hindrance," art director and chief conductor of the band Timur Dulush told Itar-Tass, "it took us a year to work out the details of the performance in Taiwan, while for Beijing, we had it finished in a month."
The band performed a range of jazz compositions, including "Idy na Vy" /"I'm going to attack you/" and Hondergame. Classic Tyva tunes included Taiga Symphony by Vladimir Toka, Warriors' Dances from the Monge Ayalga /Eternal Melody/ opera by Byan-Maadyr Tulush, and Calembour by Anatoly Krol.
The brass band of the Tyva government was set up in March 2008. Aside from classical repertoire, the group experiments with modern pop and jazz trends. Characteristically, Tyva musicians' performances are based on folklore comprising the best traditions of the Russian spiritual school.
The Tyva band perfomred in the towns of Jiayi /Taiwan/ and Beijing. The final concert is due in Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, before the trip back home.
In Taipei, Taiwan, the band earned a long ovation at the 21st international music band festival. "Everything has passed splendidly. We prepared for the performance on horseback in four hours of rehearsals and rode prancing horses through the noisy city," Dulush said.
"This became possible thanks to the support of the Tyva government and our horse breeders' skills," he added.
Under the Russian and Tyva colors, 25 musicians on horseback led a column of festival participants while performing Russian and Tyva marches. A horse procession is an extremely complicated and beautiful performance style, when musicians play musical instruments while simultaneously moving around the stage to form various fancy patterns. The first international music band festival was held in 1993. In December 1997, the event was granted international status. More than 20 music bands from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Japan performed at the festival.