Dimash Qudaibergen: A lesson in pitch perfect!(Updated version)

I have run a number of these posts now, and in each one I become more and more entranced by Dimash’s ability to vocalise the instrumental sections of each song he sings. Vocalisation leaves no room for error, he has to be pitch perfect or it will show up instantly.

I have long since considered his voice less a voice and more an instrument, perhaps a wood wind instrument, an electric guitar or even a violin. His stunning Ave Maria in the previous post stayed with me for days. I keep returning to it again and again.

In this post I want to show you a pure vocalisation of ‘Know’.

‘Know’

Know is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a very long time. I thought the lyrical version was stunning but this version, this version I have no words for. Pitch perfect from a very deep vocal fry to the soaring heights Dimash is renowned for, I can only say I have never heard anything quite like it. It should never be analysed only absorbed. After saying that I will add one thing, when we see Dimash sitting down to sing we should always wonder just how he is managing to reach these exceptionally high notes, it is extraordinarily difficult to pull in enough air to expand the chest and release each note so fully while in a seated position. Most singers will tell you that just sitting, they are restricting their ability to fully utilise their frame. Dimash not only sits cross legged, he leans forward further restricting his breathing. I am officially in awe.

Passione!

Passione! This literally blew me away. Full blown Tenor in action here, sublime phrasing, the beautiful tone of his voice enhanced by his dramatic stance. It took me a while to recognise that each movement he makes with his body allows his voice to become fuller and more rounded, allowing for each octave to sound as full as the previous one. When we consider that most vocalists have an octave range of 2 or 3 and you can hear them straining when they reach their limits, then it has to be appreciated just how difficult what he does at 3.44 minutes is! The rise to soprano and then whistle tone, back down to tenor with no effort (it seems) on his part at all.

By the way… the little girl really sounded outright creepy! Gave me goose bumps for all the wrong reasons. Just sayin…

Passione!

This version of Passione is no different to the first version except the ice dancers and the graphics telling the story. It explains the little girl thing a bit better, but she is still rather creepy in my opinion!

The soaring voices of the choir add such drama to this song that it gives me chills each time I hear it, the ice dancers add a new layer of beautiful imagery, their interpretation of the song is breath taking. So much talent on one stage!

Just because I love this particular song and for no other reason than Igor’s face in this pleases me greatly. The absolute joy that shines in his eyes for the pure magic his ears are listening to, is reason enough to put this post here. Of course, Dimash is stunning in his performance, his delivery is flawless and his voice reduces me to tears. Exactly how it should be!

Ulisse is a classic operatic piece that sees Dimash stay focused in a full range Tenor throughout the piece. Aida’s beautiful soprano is the perfect foil for his rich dark voice. I adore Aida Garifullina she has the purest quality of tone, and the ability to bring chills and tears at the same time. Her ability to harmonise flawlessly with Dimash took my breath away. Neither of them fought for the lead with their voices, both complimented and supported each other seamlessly. But if you listen carefully at the very end, the final high note, Dimash sings slightly above Aida. That is so very hard to do! I absolutely adore this entire performance!

Shout out to Igor, he could not keep the joy from showing clearly on his face! He was in heaven! As was the conductor, the orchestra and the choir too. Just take a look at their faces! Shout out to the ice dancers too, beautiful interpretation of the piece. Igor smiles! Sorry… I was watching it as I was typing here, Igor smiles in this video quite frequently! Love it!

So now I have to leave Dimash’s world for a little while and get on with some work again! Hope you enjoy this quick trip back into his Universe!

If you would like to see more of Dimash’s videos please click on the link to his official YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/DimashQudaibergen_official/featured

Dimash Qudaibergen: A lesson in pitch perfect!

I have run a number of these posts now, and in each one I become more and more entranced by Dimash’s ability to vocalise the instrumental sections of each song he sings. Vocalisation leaves no room for error, he has to be pitch perfect or it will show up instantly.

I have long since considered his voice less a voice and more an instrument, perhaps a wood wind instrument, an electric guitar or even a violin. His stunning Ave Maria in the previous post stayed with me for days. I keep returning to it again and again.

In this post I want to show you a pure vocalisation of ‘Know’.

‘Know’

Know is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a very long time. I thought the lyrical version was stunning but this version, this version I have no words for. Pitch perfect from a very deep vocal fry to the soaring heights Dimash is renowned for, I can only say I have never heard anything quite like it. It should never be analysed only absorbed. After saying that I will add one thing, when we see Dimash sitting down to sing we should always wonder just how he is managing to reach these exceptionally high notes, it is extraordinarily difficult to pull in enough air to expand the chest and release each note so fully while in a seated position. Most singers will tell you that just sitting, they are restricting their ability to fully utilise their frame. Dimash not only sits cross legged, he leans forward further restricting his breathing. I am officially in awe.

Passione!

Passione! This literally blew me away. Full blown Tenor in action here, sublime phrasing, the beautiful tone of his voice enhanced by his dramatic stance. It took me a while to recognise that each movement he makes with his body allows his voice to become fuller and more rounded, allowing for each octave to sound as full as the previous one. When we consider that most vocalists have an octave range of 2 or 3 and you can hear them straining when they reach their limits, then it has to be appreciated just how difficult what he does at 3.44 minutes is! The rise to soprano and then whistle tone, back down to tenor with no effort (it seems) on his part at all.

By the way… the little girl really sounded outright creepy! Gave me goose bumps for all the wrong reasons. Just sayin…

Passione!

This version of Passione is no different to the first version except the ice dancers and the graphics telling the story. It explains the little girl thing a bit better, but she is still rather creepy in my opinion!

The soaring voices of the choir add such drama to this song that it gives me chills each time I hear it, the ice dancers add a new layer of beautiful imagery, their interpretation of the song is breath taking. So much talent on one stage!

So now I have to leave Dimash’s world for a little while and get on with some work again! Hope you enjoy this quick trip back into his Universe!

If you would like to see more of Dimash’s videos please click on the link to his official YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/DimashQudaibergen_official/featured

Dimash Qudaibergen : Homeland Cultural Connection and the delights of Pure Vocalisation.

Performance of Daididau on I am Singer 2017
Performance of Daididau on Dimash Digital Show 2021

So the first of these two videos is the first time I saw Dimash perform ‘Daididau’ on the I am Singer series, I was drawn into the whole feel of the folk song and I really appreciated seeing his pride in his National costume, also his pride in playing his national instrument, the Dombra. He wanted to promote his homeland and represent them, I think it’s safe to say, he did a wonderful job.

This song is a basic, simple love song but the delivery of it is so powerful and passionate it gives me chills.

The second video is the same song revisited by Dimash in 2021 for his Digital Show. His performance of the song is different, changed, more up to date and for me, more powerful. It stops being a national anthem and becomes something much more personal to the artist, so therefore more personal to the listener.

Both versions are favourites of mine, I can’t choose between them because they both bring different qualities.

‘Know’ is a beautiful song that highlights the warmth and richness of Dimash’s tone throughout. It takes us on a journey without the immense highs we are used to hearing from him. He concentrates more on the ending section of the song where he vocalises the instrumental doing it in such a way that it becomes an integral part of the listening experience. Staccato notes at that pitch are a rarity, especially performed so beautifully.

I’m ending today’s little side trip into Dimash land with two new videos he has released very recently.

The first is Stranger and the second is Ave Maria.

Dimash shows us in Stranger, how improved his command of English is. Prior videos have been exceptionally heavily accented, sometimes causing the words to sound distorted. This performance in Stranger, is simply stunning. I am always amazed at this young man’s versatility in language skills. To sing in a foreign language is hard enough, to have the ability to sing in 12 different languages, well… who am I to complain about distortion of words? Oh yeah and there is that gorgeous vocal fry at the beginning of the song!

Once again, his vocalisation of the instrumental sections pulls the listener in to the entirety of the song and not just the lyrical aspect. His performance remains engaged and in ‘character’ throughout the entirety of the song. Magnificent vocals as usual but so very polished from his early performances in 2017. The growth in his craft is immense and is a pleasure to watch unfold year upon year.

Special nod to Igor Krutoy who composed Stranger and Ave Maria and accompanies. He almost smiles a few times too!

Ave Maria is not your typical version. It couldn’t be, it’s Dimash! Once again, he delights us with a pure vocalisation of a composition he asked Igor Krutoy to create especially for him. He told him what he was hearing in his head and Igor created the music. The above video is the end result. It sounds to me like three notes repeated over and again in rising octaves and semi-tones, I’m not musically competent enough to be able to say for sure that these are the correct descriptions for what he does with his voice, all I know is I sat spellbound from start to finish. I have no words, this performance should never be analysed, it should just be enjoyed over and over again.

I hope you enjoyed my little side trip into Dimash’s world once again. Seems I just can’t stay away for too long.

All videos can be found on Dimash’s official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/DimashQudaibergen_official/featured

Dimash Qudaibergen: Vocal Fry to Whistle Tone register. F#1 to D8 (And every single note in between)

Much has been said about the amazing vocal acrobatics of Dimash Qudaibergen, his vocal range is longer than the notes on a piano. His lowest recorded range is his vocal fry at F#1 to his whistle tone at D8.
The song that portrays the entirety (as far as I know) of his vocal range is best displayed in Diva Dance from the film Fifth Element. The original version in the film was created by a mix of human and synthesised sounds to reach the extreme high notes. It was widely declared humanly impossible for a human to be able to sing that Aria unassisted by technology, and then Dimash blew everyone away along with the theory when he first performed Confessa and Diva Dance on The Singer (2017). personally I like the version he does with Li Yugang as a duet incorporating the song of the Drunken Concubine at the Spring Festival in Shanghai 2020.
Li Yugang is a Male Operatic singer who sings the parts of a woman in Opera, which is apparently a common practise in China. It was considered a great honour by Dimash to be able to sing a duet with him and I believe they had a lot of fun with the performance each showing off their unique vocal talents more than ably.

Drunken Concubine and Diva Dance Duet with Dimash Qudaibergen and Li Yugang

This is Dimash’s first outing on the Singer with Confessa (which is absolutely beautifully raw ) and then into Diva Dance. The faces of the audience and other competitors tell their own story! The singer stood watching from behind the scenes in the funky Green jacket is the famous and much loved Chinese artist, Terry Lin, a beautiful vocalist in his own right, he became a firm friend to Dimash throughout the remainder of the competition and was jokingly referred to as Dimash’s adopted Papa.

The original Diva Dance performance

Love is like a dream is a personal favourite, the melody is beautiful and Dimash brings it to a whole new dimension that only he can! It’s here today because I just adore watching this particular performance, and y’know, there is that vocal fry at the start that gives me goose bumps every time I hear it!

Love is like a Dream ( Originally sung by Alla Pugacheva) Composed by Igor Krutoy
performed by Dimash Qudaibergen and accompanied by Igor Krutoy
Unforgettable Day written, composed and performed by Dimash Qudaibergen at his Gakku Concert 2017.

Unforgettable Day gives us Dimash’s golden D8 whistle tone. This is a beautiful song, sung by possibly the most extraordinary singer on the planet today. If he has any flaws I have yet to find them. Both professionally and personally this young man is an absolute delight and I adore the fact that he does not embrace his ‘stardom’ but remains humble and is extremely family orientated, he is respectful to his fans and always thanks them for their continued support.

The fact that Dimash’s music videos/live performances are so easily accessible to his fans on YouTube is a mark of his understanding of how he got to the heights he has, and stays there. Without the fans he understands he is a man with a golden voice and nowhere to show it. He readily provides new music on his YouTube channel for his fans to devour! And we do! Frequently!

For anyone who wishes to step completely into Dimash’s universe and get lost there for a while here is the link for his Official YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/DimashQudaibergen_official

Enjoy…

Dimash Qudaibergen: Raw Emotion.

Dimash first sang Daybreak on the Chinese competition ‘The Singer’ in 2017. The song tells the story of a young boy who was made an orphan after both his parents were killed in a tragic accident when their cable car fell and crashed. The song was written and originally performed by Han Hong, a famous Chinese singer and songwriter. She tells the story of the young boy from his perspective. When she heard his story it moved her so much she wrote Day Break for him. At the moment the cable car fell and crashed the father tried his best to hold his son high above him for most of the night in the hopes that he would be saved. The two-year old boy survived but sadly both his parents died.
Han was so deeply touched by the story of this little boy, she adopted him, so greatly did she empathise with him. Her own father had passed away when she was just 6.
Dimash learned the song phonetically in the space of one week. He wanted to show his appreciation to the Chinese people who had so resoundingly supported him and ‘adopted’ him as one of their own from the beginning of the competition.
This performance was at Dimash’s Bastau Concert, Astana 2017.

This is a much more polished performance, but for me it has a raw edge to it that wasn’t there during his first performance on the Singer. Considering his concert came close on the heels of the end of the competition, the difference in the delivery of the song is marked. My own opinion is that this is the superior performance of the song. The raw emotion Dimash delivers throughout reaches inside me and made me feel every single word of his story. I cried, I had chills, goose bumps and felt sheer joy at his mastering of the song and it’s difficult language in such a short time frame.
As a side note, I was alarmed at how much weight he appeared to have lost in the time between his Bastau concert and the end of the Singer competition. Thankfully it was a short lived thing, he has since gained weight again and looks delightfully healthy and handsome as ever!

The second song I’m featuring today is Qaragym-Ai.

Qaragym-Ai is a beautiful song written by the Famous Kazakh composer Kènes Duysekeyev, who passed away in June of 2020. Kènes Duysekeyev was Dimash’s teacher and mentor in the master’s program of the Kazakh National University of Arts.

The words of this composition were written more than 25 years ago and they were dedicated to the daughter of a dear friend who was getting married. At the request of his friend, Kènes Duysekeyev wrote music to the words, which in turn reflected the composer’s sadness about the never to be wedding of his 19-year-old sister, who had passed away. When Kènes first heard Dimash sing it he is reported to have said Dimash had captured the essence of the composer’s memories. According to the composer, Dimash was able to convey to the audience those emotions and feelings that the author of the words and himself put into them. After all, the meaning of the author’s words carry one thing – love.

Dimash dedicated this performance of the song in the October of 2020 in memory of his Mentor and Tutor. The emotion in his performance is very evident, it is immediately obvious this song has special meaning to Dimash, his personal investment is raw and untamed. You can feel his great sadness, you can hear it in every word, it is etched onto his face as he sings.

I am not embarrassed to admit this performance broke my heart.

I hope you enjoy both of these songs as much as I did.

Dimash Qudaibergen 2019: Composure and refined performance!

The first song I’m featuring here is once again written by Igor Krutoy for Dimash to perform at the World Skills 2019 in I believe Kazakhstan. Don’t shoot me, my geography knowledge is rubbish.

However what I do know is this, so far you have heard him sing in French, Kazak, Russian and now in Ogni Pietra (Olympico) he sings in Italian. further down in this post he is going to be singing in English! Dimash sings in 12 different languages and while his pronunciation of certain words is not always perfect, the emotion of the words and song are there and he delivers, note perfect each and every time. I cannot fault him, I can only speak English and therefore could not nor should not comment on his pronunciation good or otherwise! I wouldn’t even attempt to speak in a foreign language let alone sing in 12 different ones!

Ogni Pietra is a call to greatness, a call to strive to do your best and was written to inspire the contestants of the world skills 2019 competition. For me, this song is a particular favourite because he makes the hairs stand up on my arms and gives me chills with his vocal acrobatics, just when you think you have heard everything he has to offer he gives you Ogni Pietra and in Italian no less!
I see Dimash growing so much in his performance technique and his composure while singing this song, it is hard to marry together the earlier performances on ‘the Singer in 2017’ to his now polished presentation in 2019. 2 short years can really make a difference. Once again his vocal range is stunning but it is his emotional connection to the song that is the stand out in this song for me. He fills your heart up with the drive to succeed. The best call to excellence I have ever heard.

So far on this trip through Dimash land, I have concentrated on the ballads and the obvious vocal versatility, sung in the neo-classical style. So, now I want to explore the different styles and genres he performs in. Screaming is sung in English and this I think was his first official contemporary music video. He does all his own backing vocals too, and as usual we are treated to the vocal gymnastics he is renowned for.

I confess, while I like this song, it is not my preferred genre, so other than to say WOW when he vocalises the instrumental section and gives us a stunning staccato run mid way through, which is so exceptionally difficult to do and which he delivers with such ease, I have little to add on the content. It’s a contemporary pop song and he delivers a stunning performance vocally and visually. He could make me a convert to pop music if they all come out like this one.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy two more trips into the awe inspiring world of Dimash Qudaibergen and his world class voice.

Dimash Qudaibergen: ‘Sinful Passion’ and introducing Igor Krutoy.

Sinful Passion was performed by Dimash at the Slavic Bazaar in 2018. The song was written and performed originally by Kazak band ‘A Studio’ who played on stage with him during this performance.
At 4.17 minutes into the video, Dimash vocalises a mourning chant for the recently deceased lead singer of the band A studio as a mark of respect. His exceptionally fast yodel is mind blowing! What comes after that section is truly astounding! His final vocalisation begins at 4.43 minutes and he finally takes a breath at 5.08. The whole section is sung on one breath and involves a sliding scale up that soars and then comes down in a series of runs, still on the same breath before finally taking a breath at 5.09 and brings the song to a close. That one section on that one breath lasted a whopping 27 seconds!
I was left speechless.

It is at the end of this performance that the renowned Russian music composer Igor Krutoy appears for the first time in Dimash’s career. He gives Dimash a standing ovation and is the first to get to his feet and applaud.

Shortly thereafter, Igor would present ‘Love of Tired Swans’, specifically written and composed for Dimash. Igor Krutoy had fallen under the spell of this young man’s extraordinary talent and now treats him as his priority. He has written some utterly stunning pieces for Dimash since ‘Tired Swans’ but for now, just sit back and enjoy the beginning of a powerful union of musical genius at work. This particular song reaches inside my soul and makes it cry. I feel wiped out, but curiously utterly content each time I listen to it.

Dimash’s ability to vocalise the instrumental sections of each song is stunning. The first time I heard him do it properly in Sinful Passion I had my back turned just listening while I worked on a mosaic, I thought it was an electric guitar riff running up! I turned around to actually watch the performance and rewound it to try and find the guitarist who had pulled off that note! I was more shocked when I realised it was Dimash and he sounded just like an electric guitar!

Mind officially blown!

Igor Krutoy and Dimash Qudaibergen performing ‘The Love of Tired Swans’

Once again, Dimash takes us on a journey of discovery with his voice. He delivers a bass baritone whisper like it’s his speaking voice, drifting gently into a low soprano and then his mid-soprano range steps in and takes us soaring with him through every key change and octave climb. His dramatic performance is spell binding to the very last note.

Igor’s face as he accompanies him at the piano is curiously blank except for one moment where he actually cracks and shows his love of the sounds Dimash voice is producing. His own performance is flawless. Less really is more. Igor has collaborated with artists both in contemporary music and classical, such as Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Aida Garifullina, Andrea Bocelli, Lara Fabian, Alla Pugacheva and Irina Allegrova and now Dimash Qudaibergen!

Hope you enjoy this little trip into Dimash world again!

Dimash Qudaibergen: A Musical Phenomenon? You Decide…

So, a couple of days ago I put a post up called A Side trip into Musical taste where I expounded the singing virtues of Dimash Qudaibergen.

As a follow up to that I thought I might make it a regular post, a video and a discussion about what I’ve experienced while watching and listening to him sing each song. On YouTube, I suppose this would be called a ‘reaction video’ except that I am not going to be pulling silly shocked faces or jumping about in a comedic manner in order to get likes and subscribers.

So, my reasons for doing this are, one, I don’t want to be on YouTube and currently that appears to be the only place to be able to do this kind of watch and discuss type of thing. Two, I want to introduce Dimash’s music to as many people as possible because his voice just makes the world a much better place to be. Countless times I have found myself crying and smiling at the same time as his voice takes me on a musical journey, and I always feel better after listening to him sing. And finally three, I love music. Plain and simple, it feeds me when nothing else can. It calms me, soothes me, and makes me feel complete.

So, without further ado, today’s video is Opera 2. This is Dimash’s second performance in the contest ‘The Singer 2017’ in China. This competition is for professional Chinese singers and bands to compete against each other and be crowned ‘The Singer’. As I said in my first post, Dimash was the first foreign artist to ever be invited to compete in this competition, although he was already a household name in his own country, Kazakhstan.
The judging for the competition is so complex I struggled to follow how it all worked, but basically, the audience is made up of 500 members of the public and what appears to be a panel of executives for the show hidden in the audience too, who vote each week for their favourite artist and then those votes appear to be broken down and split off into different sections for voting purposes. I watched the entire season and I still don’t really have a clue as to how the voting actually worked.

So the back story to this performance is that Dimash was feeling very homesick and was missing his family and homeland terribly. He just wanted to go home. He was effectively alone in a foreign country, thousands of miles away from Kazakhstan. He didn’t speak Chinese except for a smattering,(although he has since learnt and now sings in mandarin frequently) and he was reliant on a translator for communication which left him out of the general chat between the artists backstage quite a lot, he was just 23 and is very family orientated and so felt very isolated.

Regardless of that, he pulled off a spectacular performance and thrilled the audience with his vocal versatility. He performed the song in its original Russian language. (There are sub titles though!) Personally, I love his stage presence throughout this performance, he sets the scene and creates an atmosphere that immediately draws the audience in to his story telling. The contrast between this performance and his first performance of S.O.S is huge. His first performance was dramatic, emotional and heartrending. This performance is playful, cheeky and full of mischief. He completely wins the audience over especially when he adds his own section to the end of the song where he raises the operatic notes three keys! He does this with so much ease it is astounding!

I would not want to be the artist who had to follow his performance! I would hang up my mic and say the competition is over, he won!

I confess, I cried at the end when Dimash realised his Papa was in the audience and I was so touched at the expression on his face when he saw him stage side! He also made me smile when he asked his Papa if he had sung well! This boy is so humble and unassuming!

(By the way, Dimash is 6 ft 3″ tall and the costume department for the show struggled to find stage outfits that would fit his long legs. You will see him perform in some very odd outfits! Most of the time his trousers were too short for him!)

However, this performance was not without it’s drama although it came from an external source.

The song Opera 2 was originally written and performed by the Russian Opera singer, Vitas. When he heard Dimash’s version of his song he apparently threw a giant hissy fit and threatened to sue Dimash if he ever sang it live again! He insisted that Dimash was mocking him throughout the song by raising the key three times rather than just the once as Vitas does in the original. Vitas has since re-released Opera 2 in 2020 as a new and updated version, which incorporates three other singers into the performance. The video below is the original.

I just think it’s a shame that Vitas took the stance he did over Dimash’s performance of his signature song. Rather than embrace it and applaud Dimash for the way he honoured the song, he chose to be bitter and took it as a personal affront to his own technical singing abilities. Regardless, no matter how Vitas chooses to view Dimash’s version of his song, it has catapulted Vitas back into the public arena, when his light was otherwise dimming everywhere except Russia. I can’t remember the last time I heard his name prior to 2017 and I can honestly say, I listen to Opera and classical every day, I research new artists, and revisit old ones, Vitas, while I had heard of him and knew the song Opera 2, has not made any impact that I can see, on the Operatic world in quite some time. It’s a shame that he chose to make himself appear bitter and conceited when he did have the opportunity to make his presence felt again.

Personally, I don’t rate him.

You can make your own comparisons.

Hope you enjoy this little side trip into the world of Dimash’s beautiful and astounding voice.

Have a great day peeps!