Ulytau literally meaning "the holy mountain", is a popular instrumental folk metal trio from Kazakhstan. Their music combines the sound of the violin and electric guitar with the dombra, a traditional two stringed instrument from their country.
Ulytau was conceived as a project by producer Kydyrali Bolmanov in 2001 to merge Western and Eastern music with arrangements of classical music from such composers as Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolò Paganini and Johann Sebastian Bach. The name of the group translates to "Big Mountain." They have since toured Germany, England, Scotland, Poland, USA, Turkey, China, Japan and Russia.The band was awarded the "Golden Disc" in 2001 for their song "Aday" that was based on a composition from Kurmangazy of the same name. The song was also featured on the Rough Guide compilation to the music of Central Asia. The debut album "Jumyr-Kylysh" from 2006 will be released on 17 June 2009 as Two Warriors in Germany.