Hatan Ensemble (Mongolia) @ Castle Val Duchesse - Hide & Seek Festival
The Val Duchesse domain has a well-deserved political connotation. Since the end of the Second World War numerous national and European encounters, as well as political decisions, have taken place there. For instance, within this castle the treaty giving birth to the European Economic Community (EEC) occurred, and certain Belgian federal governments were formed. To this day, the domain is managed by the cabinet of the Prime Minister, which offers us an exceptional welcome for a concert in this historic mansion.
Though you may be familiar with the easily visible building of the priory, we invite you to discover the more hidden and impressive castle. In the famous gothic hall, we will present the Hatan Ensemble, one of the foremost groups of Mongolian traditional music.
For years, the Hatan Ensemble has distinguished itself for its faithful yet unique approach to Mongolian music. The group is mainly made up of women, which, in Mongolian music, is still very rare. The Hatan musicians have recently been awarded the second prize at the large festival of traditional music in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Ensemble offers a typical repertoire, putting the accent on the characteristic Mongolian violins, throat singing, jew’s-harp and various percussions.