Mongolia in slides and music

Friday, October 11, 6pm, at 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro, VT, Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents ‘A Year in Mongolia and the Gobi Desert’ by Ben Boettger, a slide lecture with an introduction to listening to a range of traditional and contemporary Mongolian music. Boettger, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will present a narrative of his first year in Mongolia accompanied by images. He first trained for three months in a small northern village living with a Mongolian family and then moved south to the southern mining/industrial town of Dalanzadgad in the Gobi Desert where he lived and taught for the rest of the year. He will talk about his students, Mongolian music, camel racing, and food, concluding with the celebration of Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year Festival. He will play a few songs to illustrate a range of Mongolian traditional and contemporary music including examples of khuumi throat singing, traditional instrumental music, contemporary Mongolian pop, and the modern folk/metal fusion band Altan Urag. This is a free public event with no admission fee. Donations go towards the speaker’s honorarium. Location of lecture: 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro. Further information: Contact Adam Silver, ACCVT Executive Director, (802) 257-7898, extension 1.
Dalanzadgad, southern town in Mongolia, Gobi Desert

A view of northern Mongolia and kite flying by Ben Boettger