The scope of Hanggai’s music is almost as wide as the grasslands out of which they journey. Taking in the wild open spaces of Inner Mongolia and the teaming, churning streets of 21st century Beijing, Hanggai’s music embraces the looking-glass world of rock, pop and bluegrass as seen and heard by a new generation of Chinese. The six-piece Hanggai encompasses a hell of a lot of tradition, culture, fusion and folklore to produce their unique sound. With their brand new album He Who Travels Far, they continue to grow, incorporating many of the experiences that the past year of international touring has brought them. The new music features a new band member, fresh collaborations (producer Ken Stringfellow and Tom Wait’s regular collaborator guitarist Marc Ribot), fourteen new songs (many of them drawing on Mongolian traditional lyrics and melodies) and a ’live’ performance approach to the music (rather than the ’separate parts’ studio recording of their previous album).
released 13 September 2010
Produced by Ken Stringfellow and JB Meijers