Contemporary Music


Contemporary Music Ensemble ETHEL performs in Kaliningrad, Russia, 2010

Global Art Lab’s contemporary music programming provides formative opportunities to musicians from the US, Russia and Central Asia and nurtures cross-cultural exchange. In collaboration with local partners throughout Russia and Central Asia, CEC ArtsLink organizes concerts and educational programs. Nearly one hundred US musicians, including leading new music ensembles and performers such as ETHEL, the Phillip Glass Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All Stars, So Percussion, Meredith Monk, and Terry Riley have participated. Our contemporary programming is one of the few opportunities for local audiences to hear music by alternative, noncommercial U.S. musicians.

Bang on a Can Partnership
Since 2004 more than twenty Central Asian and Russian musicians have joined Bang on a Can at their Summer Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts each summer. The Festival and the popular Marathon bring together talented young musicians from around the world.

In 2017, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival hosts four Central Asian musicians participating in CEC ArtsLink's Playing Together program supported by the U.S. Department of State.

Meet the 2017 Bang on a Can
Summer Music Festival's participants



Erlan Kasabolotov
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Sybyzgy Choor, Chopo Choor, Chogoyno Choor

Erlan was born in 1991 in the Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyzstan and graduated from Kyrgyz National Conservatory in 2016. He has participated in numerous festivals all over the world (Kazakhstan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, USA) and performs as a member of the ensembles Ustatshakirt Plus and Ordo Sakhna as well as a solo musician.



Alirna Korieva
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Alirna was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1994. She graduated from the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in 2016 and has participated in numerous national and international music competitions. She was awarded first place in the Ahmet Zhubanov Competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2011 and the Grand Prize in the Alexander Glazunov International Competition of Violinists and Cellists in Paris, France in 2012. Alirna currently performs with the Chamber Orchestra “Turkiston” and has performed in numerous concerts with the Omnibus Ensemble, the “Soloists of Uzbekistan” Chamber Orchestra, and the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan.



Khushbakht Niyozov
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Afghan Rubab
Khushbakht was born in the Pamir Mountains region in 1986 into a family of musicians. He graduated from the M. Tursun Tajikistan State Institute in 2012. He has won numerous awards at state traditional music festivals.  Since 2012 Khushbakht has been a member of the Dushanbe Ensemble “Pamir,” and has performed with them in music festivals in India, Turkey, and Europe.  He also collaborates regularly with the Omnibus Ensemble on projects that fuse traditional music and jazz.



Sayat Eshmatov
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sayat was born in 1994 in Almaty and studied at the A. Zhubanov specialized music school for gifted children. In 2013 he continued his studies at the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory and has taken part in numerous Conservatory concert tours (Germany, China, South Korea). Sayat is a prize winner of numerous Kazakh and international music competitions, including the 43rd Republican Competition for Young Artists in 2012 (Grand Prix), the International Competition “Doves of Peace” (Grand Prix), and in 2015 the International Festival of Creative Youth “Shabyt” (2nd place).   In addition to his studies, Sayat also teaches dombra to students in Almaty.