Listening can be a physical act, an empathetic act — and it’s often both at once.
Like when a gale-force jazz saxophonist makes you feel short of breath. Or when a sweaty gospel singer makes your brow feel moist with phantom sweat. Or when a kicking, screaming punk band seems to tax your muscles, even though you’ve been watching from a bar stool at the back of the club.
A performance by Alash might elicit more mysterious feelings. The Tuvan trio specializes in an ancient form of throat singing passed down through generation of shepherds — a Central Asian country music of sorts. The magic of Tuvan throat singing lies in each singer’s ability to produce two notes at once: a low, growling drone that resembles an electric buzz and a high, clean whistling that evokes the wind. It’s one of the most astonishing sounds a human body can produce.
Alash has been touring the U.S. semi-regularly for nearly a decade, occasionally collaborating with jam bands, jazz troupes and others. Celebrating the release of their new album, “Achai,” in Baltimore on Friday, the trio will be joined by an array of classical and hip-hop musicians. And on Saturday in Falls Church, they’ll be back on their own, making three voices sound like six — or more.
Friday at 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. 410-276-1651. www.creativealliance.org. $20 in advance, $23 at the door.
Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church. 202-656-2748. www.stoneroomconcerts.com. $20, $10 students and seniors.