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SoRIAH
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  • Portland, OR
  • United States
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About me:
The Portland musician and ritual artist known as Soriah (a.k.a. Enrique Ugalde) first came into being more than 10 years ago. His unique

vision has evolved to draw equally from performance and musical traditions both modern and ancient--- raga, shamanism, the revisionist arts of electro-acoustics, noise, butoh, and free improvisation.

One element which pervasively informs his work, is traditional Tuvan throat singing. Soriah has extensively trained in, and received recognition for his achievements with, this style of overtone singing. Most recently, he was honored as the Third Place winner in the International Symposium of Khoomei Competition, and "Best Foreigner" in the 2008 Ustuu-Khooree World Music Festival in Tuva, where the form originated.

As much as the complex musical underpinnings of Soriah's music reach back to Central Asia, he traces his roots back to his father’s homeland of Mexico. His explorations of the cities and wilderness of Mexico and considerable research into the Aztec mysteries, as well as the

present-day animism of Tuvan Shamanism, have deeply influenced his

pan-cultural ethos.

Through costume, movement and meditation Soriah evokes an otherworld of profound mystical import. Though the settings for his performances have ranged from arenas, concert halls and churches, to swamps, caves, tree tops and even an abandoned nuclear reactor, his project carries its own sense of place and time, which transcend the concrete world.

The recorded works of Soriah are chiefly available from Beta-Lactam

Ring Records; along with compilation appearances on URCK's

"Post-Asiatic" series, Sonick Sorcery's "Visions From The Garden", and

Mobilization's "How To Destroy the Universe Part 5".

Credits also include live and recorded guest appearances with Blixa Bargeld, Perry Ferrel, The Legendary Pink Dots, Jarboe, Master Tuvan Throat Singers Chirgilchin, Psychic TV, The Church, Chrome, GWAR, The Polyphonic Spree, and The Dresden Dolls, as well many other local and international acts.

The newest official recording, " A T L A N "--- in collaboration with Ashkelon Sain (Trance to the Sun, Submarine Fleet)--- is scheduled for release in Spring of 2009.
As a band we are:
currently collaborating with Ashkelon Sain of Trance to the Sun and Submarine Fleet and Dhanan.
Instruments:
Igil, Doshpuluur, Byzaanchy, guitar, khomus, pipe organ, various conventional and unconventional electronic noise makers from synthesizers to circuit bent children's toys, found percussion, Aztec clay flutes, conches, bells, harmonium, and shruti box
Influences:
Nature
Homepage:
http://soriah.net

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New Album "ATLAN" Review by Thom Jones

A Review of "ATLAN" by Thomas Jones

A secret truth revealed: Beauty and the Beast are the same

thing. Soriah’s chimera fusion with Ashkelon Sain has

produced a sprawling entity, darkly cloaked in groaning

atmospheres, yet emanating an ascending light of inestimable

beauty. Atlan is a deeply organic experience. Crisp hand

percussion palpitates rising drones in a cellular blood-rush

of life. Long, open expanses of slowly shifting tones hang

like low clouds… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:20am —

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At 10:47pm on August 22, 2009, Rowan Lee Hartsuiker said…
Hello there,
great performance in Kyzyl.

I hope to be there next time...maybe the next after next.
But I promised Igor and the others of Tuvan national ensemble to be there.

I played at the Khoomii symposium in ulaanbaatar this year.

Greetings from Holland,
Rowan.
At 1:21pm on February 26, 2009, Arjopa said…
Shagaa Bile dear Soriah!!

We wish you & your family a happy,healthy,fruit- & successful new year
of the Eart Cow!!
May all your plans & wishes come true in this year of butter & cream!!

Shagaa Bile!!

Khoomei Throatsinging Country Punk Greetings from Berlin!!

Arjopa & The Master U-like

At 10:09am on February 21, 2009, Seth Augustus said…
Hey there,

Good to hear from you. I don't get around these parts much so thus the delay. Doing fine thanks -- hope you're well too...
At 4:06pm on February 13, 2009, Paul Freh said…
Dear SORIAH.
I am enjoying your songs. Keep on Rocking.
Paul
At 7:56pm on February 1, 2009, Kolja Simon said…
Yeehaw! Why not? Good idea! Thanx! Greetings from outer space! And of corse greetings from inner space! Kolja from AlienVoices!
At 3:27pm on January 16, 2009, Arjopa said…
Dear Soriah!!
Thanx a lot for your freindship,here!!
We still love your superb music & Khoomei!!

Hope you like our Khoomei Throatsinging Country Punk,too!!

Best regards from Berlin!!

Arjopa & The Master U-like

At 11:45pm on January 9, 2009, OMN said…
Hi soRIAH

you are welcome on OMN. If you have any questions or issues please send Marco Tonini or me a short message with this form.

Thanks,

Jens
 
 
 

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