Artist of the day: Sundui Chimidkhorloo
Palm Harbor's Sundui Chimidkhorloo has been playing traditional Mongolian folk music since age 15. He has played locally, including a show at the Palladium Theater, using an instrument known as a morin khuur, which is complete with a horse head carving on the top of the neck and strings made of horse hair. Although Chimidkhorloo plays many traditional Mongolian songs, he also plays American songs and some of his own compositions.
On Saturday, Chimidkhorloo will represent Mongolia for the first time at the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society's annual festival. Mongolia will join 30 ethnic groups at Vinoy Park starting Thursday for the 37th annual fair. Most groups will have their own tents with ethnic foods and entertainment.
Chimidkhorloo said he hopes that his music will represent his native country well and bring more attention to his culture. "Everybody loves their heritage. It's something I'm proud of," he said.
For more information on Chimidkhorloo and this year's SPIFFS festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Vinoy Park, click here for Joanna Blaz's story.