URNA (INNER MONGOLIA)
Born into a family of nomadic herders in the Ordos grasslands of Inner Mongolia, URNA carries the spirit of her homeland in her music as she performs around the world. While being rooted in the traditional music of her homeland, URNA continues to take her music to new directions.
Her latest compositions emphasize free, brushstroke-like improvisations, which have been inspired by her many years of experienced encounters with other cultures and musicians and her life in the world.
“Her voice reminds me of the whistling of the wind, the cold boldness of the stones and the burning heat of the sun. At once splashing like a waterfall, than tender as the moving wings of a butterfly. That is when you understand why Urna´s critics and audience say her voice is like a small orchestra.” – Words from a German critic fell, when he heard URNA performing for the first time.
Blessed with this extraordinary voice, URNA has the ability to directly communicate with her listeners through her music, transcending all linguistic and cultural barriers with her dynamic, soaring vocals. Her songs evoke the immense grasslands of Mongolia and relate stories about the Mongolian way of life.
URNA has performed with many internationally renowned musicians and her forthcoming CD with the Polish group Kroke is a shining example of this.
In the summer of 2003, URNA sealed her place as a major contributor to world music in Europe when she was awarded the RUTH prize in Germany for Best International Artist.
URNA is based in Berlin where she has lived for several years.