Smithsonian Folkways Recording in collaboration with the Aga Khan trust for Culture

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Music of Central Asia

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is producing a 10-CD set documenting the musics of Central Asia.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released the first three volumes of its new Music of Central Asia series on March 14, 2006. This ground-breaking, newly recorded series presents authentic musical traditions of Central Asia as they are performed today, featuring some of the region’s most outstanding artists. From the nomadic and bardic cultures of the steppes to the classical court traditions of the cities, this series celebrates musicians who display a mastery of older traditions and also embody a contemporary spirit of innovation. Produced in conjunction with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, each release includes an extensive color booklet and comes with a vivid bonus DVD containing a series introduction, 24-minute film, interactive glossary and map.

Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan 

Music of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks 

Music of Central Asia Vol. 3: Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubab 

The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso From Afghanistan

Tuva: Among the Spirits: Sounds, Music, and Nature in Sakha and Tuva

Tuva: Voices from the Center of Asia

Shashmaquam: Music of the Bukharan Jewish Ensemble

Bukhara: Musical Crossroads of Asia

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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