VIA KABUL: Central Asia Without Borders

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Miller Theatre at Columbia University 116th & Broadway New York City


(The Central Asian New Year)

Free Admission for all CUID holders

$15 tickets for the public, call the Miller Box Office 212-854-7799 or visit in person M - F 12 - 6PM

The music of Central Asia visits New York City with a concert of virtuoso musicians who, while little known in the West, are re-invigorating the ancient traditions of Central Asia's mountains and princely courts with new performance styles, repertoire, and techniques.

From Kyrgyzstan comes Tengir-Too, a seven-member ensemble whose Jew's harps, fiddles, plucked instruments, and powerful voices transmit the vibrant rhythms of nomadic life. The Academy of Maqam, a young ensemble from Tajikistan, sets mystical, Sufi-inspired verse to the lyrical melodies of Shashmaqâm, creating a spiritual art music of great refinement and sublime beauty.

From Kabul to California, Homayun Sakhi is admired as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation, a charismatic virtuoso who has pushed the limits of his instrument. With tabla player Taryalai Hashimi, Sakhi plays music that is uniquely Afghan, yet resonates strongly with the spirit of Indian raga.

Together, the three groups represent the striking combination of ancient and contemporary music that crosses boundaries of geography and culture, earthly pleasure, and spiritual contemplation.

Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Columbia University Arts Initiative

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