Music of Central Asia Vol. 2 – Revitalizing Shashmaqâm: Court Music of Central Asia [Preview Video]

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Watch a short excerpt from the 24-minute documentary film included in the CD/DVD for ‘Music of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks,’ released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2006.

Directed and edited by Saodat Ismailova
Photographed by Carlos Casas
Translated by Abouvali Abourashidov
Editing supervision: Aurora Sulli
Music recorded by Joel Gordon
Sound mix: Romain Frydman
Post-Production: Studio Mondomix (Paris), Marc Benaiche
Executive producer: Ted Levin
Aga Khan Music Initiative Director: Fairouz R. Nishanova

‘Music of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks’ is available on CD/DVD and Digital.

Stream/download/purchase:
Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/academy-of-maqam/music-of-central-asia-vol-2-invisible-face-of-the-beloved-classical-of-the-tajiks-and-uzbeks/islamica-world/album/smithsonian
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5Mt2Poyd9EZ5wbxpcLw8N0?si=blJ2KsXNT-2xmtvyXSOBlQ

Amid the mosques and minarets of Samarkand and Bukhara, generations of vocalists set the mystical, Sufi-inspired verse of Hafiz and other classical poets to lyrical melodies, creating a spiritual art music of great refinement and sublime beauty called Shashmaqâm, confirming its important place among the great art music traditions of Eurasia. A bonus DVD documents the musical tradition of the Shashmaqâm in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. 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 Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia’s rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region.

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