Tulegur 图利古尔

Beijing, China

TULEGUR is a modern nomad music duo, rooted in traditional tunes of Inner Mongolia (Mongolian part of China) and influenced by contemporary music. Their sound is a great mixture of traditional Mongolian music, acoustic rock, throat-singing (also known as “Khoomei”) and electronic music.

 

Genre(s)

Mixture of traditional Mongolian music, acoustic rock, throat-singing (also known as “Khoomei”) and electronic music

Members

  • Gangzi // Vocalist and acoustic guitar player
  • Eddie // Bass player

Biography

TULEGUR is a modern nomad music duo, rooted in traditional tunes of Inner Mongolia (Mongolian part of China) and influenced by contemporary music. Their sound is a great mixture of traditional Mongolian music, acoustic rock, throat-singing (also known as “Khoomei”) and electronic music. This combination results in a unique style which some described as “ethnic post-rock” or “psychedelic nomadic rock”. Within the first two years as a duo they went on several extended tours in China, India, Europe and also Australia/New Zealand where they gained overwhelming reactions by the audience. Especially in Australia and New Zealand, they appeared on iTunes Top 200 World Music Charts with peak at #8 in Australia, #1 for 3 days in New Zealand and #1 in Switzerland within two days! 

Vocalist and acoustic guitar player Gangzi was educated in classical music and opera, and his voice is trained for a broad range of throat singing. Once he first encountered the traditional singing style Khomei it had such an impact on him, he started to study this ancient vocal form in a self-teaching manor. Attracted by modern music, Gangzi moved to Beijing to perform and compose. A year later, he returned to his hometown, Hulun Buir, where he spent time with local nomads to learn and experience the depth of Mongolian cultural traditions. This nomadic experience became a revelation in his life and helped him to find his own music style. After years of solo performances, Gangzi has achieved remarkable success all around China and worldwide.

Gangzi started to collaborate with different artists from 2014 which enriched the landscape of his music. The participation of the new bass player Eddie since early 2018 not only fits in like a fist to the eye but also creating a whole new vibe on top of Tulegur’s unique sound.

History

2004 – 2014

  • Gangzi moved to Beijing from Inner Mongolia and started to perform as solo artist “Tulegur Gangzi” in 2004. A year later he spent a year in the grassland of Hulunbier to learn Koomei and nomadic culture before he back to stage.
  • Gangzi has been invited to Midi Music Festival and start to show up at bigger stages.
  • Debut overseas tour “Sulud Tour” in Finland
  • Speech at China Central Academy of Fine Arts about Color and Melody
  • Second Finland Tour. Gangzi has also been invited to make a speech at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki about Mongolian music. And then performed at Tallinn, Stockholm and Copenhagen (shared the stage with Terakaft)
  • Third European Tour in Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain

2014

  • Tour in Europe for Les Nuits Festival (BE), Art Rock Music Festival (FR), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Niubi Music Festival (FI) and more
  • Supported French legend band IAM in their first China tour
  • Zongcan joined as the percussionist / guitarist, group name has been officially changed to TULEGUR and started a new era and performed Malaysia International Performing Arts Festival

2015

  • Headlined Ming Stage of Taihu Midi Festival in May
  • Showcase in IOMMA (Reunion Island), and had been added to the official lineup of Sakifo Music Festival by their Artist Director right after they finished the showcase performance.
  • European tour for some major music festivals such as Peace & Love Music Festival (SE), Paleo Festival (SW) and Womad Music Festival (UK) in July
  • First India Tour including one show in IndiEarth Xchange 2016 at main stage

2016

  • “Limitless China Tour” in 11 cities in China
  • Participated Sakurazaka ALYSUM 2016 in Okinawa, Japan as the one and only International group
  • On board WOMADelaide and WOMAD NZ, and during these two festivals the EP <Wind – Grass – Sound> had achieved the No. 8 of Australia iTunes World Music Chart and the No. 1 of New Zealand iTunes World Music Chart for 3 days / No. 33 of New Zealand iTunes All Genres Chart
  • Has been selected out of over thousands of international artists to perform on 2016 MaMA Music Festival and Convention in Paris, France and also on the worldwide biggest world music expo WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. EP <Wind – Grass – Sound> had achieved the No. 1 of Swiss iTunes World Music Chart.

2017

  • Gangzi was on stage of the biggest French music festival Les Vieilles Charrues Festival as a special guest of band the Celtic Social Club
  • Performed Festival Musicas do Mundo in Portugal

Discography

To the beginning of 2016 Tulegur entered their creative period of which “River” came out as one of the first composition. Due to the picturesque feel and the in-depth mindset emitted by the music, a thought of shooting an official video clip emerged.

After brief listening of the demo track and without waiting for studio takes, young Chinese director and photographer Harry Wang from Toronto immediately agreed to shoot the clip for Tulegur.

Tricks like image projection and layering are not exactly the latest invention of video making but they suit perfectly to capture the content and emotions of this song.

Theme and elements ot the music are merged into a layered play of light and shadows, picturing the picture, whispering the whisper. The moving people in stillness, the still warter in motion, it all flows with the music to join into an unity. Reality and illusion layered onto of all the thoughts the formed the song and the each music notes that speaks in methaphors, it all interacts on the same axes.

  • “Wind • Grass • Sound” (EP 2015)
  • “I am a Mongolian” (Solo Album 2012)
  • “Sunrise” (EP 2009)
  • “Blue Homeland – Live” (EP 2008)

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