Superb album by an exceptional singer. Born into a family of livestock farmers in the southwest of Inner Mongolia, Urna's formative years were ingrained with a feeling of the endless expanse of the steppe, raised among horses and sheep and head-high grass and sand dunes. She learned traditional Mongolian songs from her grandmother and parents, and still today collects songs and stories from the elder singers of her homeland. She studied yangqin (Chinese dulcimer) at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she joined Robert Zollitsch's Gaoshan Liushui ensemble as the featured singer. She still collaborates today with Robert including on this album. Urna's music mixes elements of Mongolian folk with a variety of other influences to create an original and fresh sound. At the centre, is always her voice, improvising, soaring and striking in its range and beauty.