That’s right, Mongolian folk metal in New York’s spiffy Carnegie Hall? Tengger Cavalry performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve for a very special show.
It was the band’s first unplugged concert and the first part of the show proved to be delicate, tender and melodic. Tengger Cavalry donned traditional Mongolian outfits during their set, making for an interesting visual. Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal plays a variety of nomadic Mongolian instruments -- the Mongolian fiddle also known as the Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute and the Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) -- giving each instrument his all. After moving from China to New York City he also reconstructed the band with new members hailing from the States. The lineup includes Tuva fiddle player Robert McLaughlin, bassist Alex Abayev and drummer Yuri Liak.