Concerts and Workshops with US and Central Asian Musicians
October 1 - 18, 2016
Playing Together: Celebrating US - Central Asian Collaboration celebrates the 25th anniversary of the creation of independent Central Asian countries with an exciting series of concerts and workshops with US and Central Asian musicians. Leading US musicians Sarah Alden, Robert Black and David Crowell will journey to Almaty, Kazakhstan to join Uzbek musicians and composers from the region’s Omnibus Ensemble. Together they will conduct workshops and collaborate with 15 young musicians from across Central Asia. During this cross-border peer-to-peer exchange participants will create compositions reflecting the region’s many traditions together with American traditional, classical, and contemporary music while building international friendships and strengthening professional networks.
After the week of workshops and rehearsals the students and trainers will embark on a 12-day concert tour throughout Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The concerts will highlight the diversity and the commonalities found in their traditions and cultures thus demonstrating music and cross-cultural exchange utility in uniting people. The project builds on two years of bilateral exchanges between musicians in Central Asia, the US, and India, which introduced participants to new music practices and theories and encouraged collaboration across borders.
October 1 – 5 Workshop and rehearsals in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Thursday, October 6 Concert in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Saturday, October 8 Concert in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tuesday, October 11 Concert in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Wednesday, October 12 Concert in Astana, Kazakhstan
Friday, October 14 Concert in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Monday, October 17 Concert in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The project is organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with the Omnibus Ensemble and other Central Asian music institutions. Support is provided by the US Department of States’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and the US Embassies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.