Kheer Tal


Flute 1 Timpani
Flute 2 / Piccolo Percussion I/II/III
Oboe 1 Tambourine, Bass Drum, Snare Drum
Oboe 2 Sus. Cymbal, Piatti, Finger Cymbal, Tam-Tam  
Clarinet in Bb 1 Rain Stick, Shaker, Sistrum, Triangle, Mark-Tree 
Clarinet in Bb 2 Tibetan Drum, Wind Machine 
Bassoon 1 Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Xylophone
Bassoon 2  
  Morkin Khuur / Mongolian Singing
F Horn 1  
F Horn 2 Harp
F Horn 3  
F Horn 4 Violin I 
Bb Trumpet 1 Violin II
Bb Trumpet 2 Viola
Trombone 1  Violoncello
Trombone 2  Contrabass

Duration: ~23:00

Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig, more commonly known as Epi, is one of the most prolific worldmusic instrumentalist to date. Epi and I knew each other for quite some time before I figured that I'd like to write something specifically for him and his unique and extraordinary musical capabilities. The first time we collaborated dates back to 2013 where he was featured in my first album "Voyage", he was both singing and playing Morin Khuur in the tracks "Alone in the Sands" and "Riven Heights".

The Philharmonie Baden-Baden had previously worked with Enkhjargal on varied occasions, but they planned to have him featured in a rather special context, the "Rosengarten Konzerte" in
Baden-Baden are a yearly event on the Beutig, besides the performed music, the location offers a breathtaking view over the black forest and its valleys.
When the decision was made that Enkhjargal is part of the concert we both talked to each other and figured it would be a great opportunity to try something new and see if we can come up with something that was crafted and written specifically for him. 

Kheer Tal turned out to be a 3 part suite for Morin Khuur (Horsehead fiddle), Tuvan throat singing (Over- & Undertone singing) and symphonic orchestra. The suite takes reference to both the mongolian culture and mongolia as a country, such as the landscape or things one would imagine when thinking about mongolian traditions, such as horses races or eagle hunting.


Besides the premiere of Kheer Tal, also premiered was "Aarv Eeij", a song that Enkhjargal wrote and dedicated to his parents, it was his wish to have it performed with orchestra, I also arranged the song for him.


I. Kheer Tal (The Steppe)

II. Ligl Nisleg (The Eagle Flight)

III. Morin Uraldaan (The Horse Race)


Additional music: 

IV. Aarv Eeij (Oh father, Oh Mother)  Composition: Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig

                                                             Arrangement: Fabian Joosten
V. Cherry Blossom Dance 


Premiered: 22.06.2018 

Orchestra: Philharmonie Baden-Baden

Conductor: Mark Mast

Photos from the premiere of Kheer Tal (Photos by Nathalie Dautel)