Bandistan Ensemble US Tour

Ensemble | Concert Schedule | Playing Together Instructors

July 10-22, 2016

CEC ArtsLink announces Bandistan Ensemble’s US education and concert tour which begins in July, 2016. Bandistan Ensemble is made up of 10 musicians selected from the alumni of the Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music in Bishkek and the Central Asian Concert Tour in November 2015. These stellar young musicians are interested in the development of both contemporary and traditional music in their countries and deeply committed to working with myriad musical genres.

The two-week Bandistan Ensemble visit to the US is fully supported by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and  is a part of Playing Together: an in-depth program that includes workshops with leading US musicians and composers; meetings with professionals and organizations that support traditional and contemporary music; concerts with renowned US and international practitioners; and visits to museums and cultural organizations in New York and Massachusetts. One of the most important components of the tour will be the three-day residency at the Bang on a Can summer program at Mass MoCA.  In addition, Bandistan Ensemble will introduce their music to widely diverse US audiences with a concert at New York’s Asia Society, at a presentation within the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and they hold a public jam-session with US musicians at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.

CEC ArtsLink would like to thank organizations and individuals who helped to make this fascinating project possible: Asia Society New York, Bang on a Can, Community members of South Bronx, Ted Levin, Jane Lombard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Jeremy Thal and Found Sound Nation, US embassies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and Weill Music Institute.


Bandistan Ensemble



Kerez Berikova

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Viola, kyl-kyiak, qomuz, 
temir ooz, zhygach ooz

Hamza Hakimzoda
Isfara, Tajikistan

Emilbek Ishenbek Uulu
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Qomuz, kyl-kyiak

Tokzhan Karatai

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sanjar Nafikov

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Piano, keyboard

Khushbakht Niyozov
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Badakhshani rubab, setor, tablah

Aisaana Omorova
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Komuz, temir ooz, zhygach ooz

Sardor Soliev

Somonien village, Tajikistan
Tanbur, rubab

Ravshan Tukhtamishev
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Chang, santur

Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev
Khujand, Tajikistan

Lemara Yakubova

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Askat Zhetigen Uulu

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Qomuz, temir ooz

Bandistan Concert Schedule  
Asia Society
Thursday, July 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY
More info
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, July 15

6:00 – 6:30 pm
7:00 – 7:30 pm
Gallery 999,
Court and Cosmos special exhibition
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
More info

Waterfront Celebration
Mott Haven/Port Morris

Saturday, July 16
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lincoln Avenue Waterfront
(South of East 132nd Street)
Mott Haven/Port Morris, The Bronx
More info

Pioneer Works
Sunday, July 17

7:00 pm
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Improvisational concert
in conjunction with the screening
of Sergey Paradjanov’s iconic film 
The Color of Pomegranate.
More info  

Playing Together Instructors

Alibek Kabdurakhmanov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Alibek Kabdurakhmanov is a percussionist. He performs with the Uzbek State Conservatory Music Studio Theater and is a percussion concert master at the Uzbek National Symphonic Orchestra. Mr. Kabdurakhmanov participated in the International Summer School of the Contemporary Academic Music in Germany, performed in a concert tour in China and with the German Radio Symphonic Orchestra. He performed in numerous international music festivals including the World Youth Orchestra in Spain, Euro Orchestra in France, and Drums of the World in Russia. He received the Grand Prix at the international competition Shabyt in Kazakhstan as well as prestigious awards at the EMCY Art for Music Prize in Germany and at other international competitions.

Sukhrob Nazimov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Sukhrob Nazimov is Co-Founder and General Manager of the Omnibus Ensemble and one of the authors of Playing Together program. Graduate of the Uzbek State Conservatory of Music, Mr. Nazimov produced The International Black Box festival of Music and Visual Arts. He is CEC ArtsLink's Global Art Lab 2013 Arts Leadership Fellowship Alumni and participated in numerous international projects including 2009 Annual Prize Award Ceremony of Prince Claus Foundation in The Netherlands and Competence Center for cultural managers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Germany – and Russia 2009. Mr. Nazimov is the author of many video art projects. His works Sun Stroke, 2008; Goodnight Spring, 2008; Without ceremony, 2008; Submergence, 2008; Kurultay, 2009; the_cold_barren_way, 2009; Die Wande, 2009; Ceremony, 2009 were shown at mini-festival at The Tashkent Museum of Cinema, Uzbekistan, and were presented on festivals in Russia, Germany and The Netherlands.

Jakhongir Shukur
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Jakhongir Shukur is a composer, conductor and Co-Founder of the Omnibus Ensemble. Graduate of the Uzbek State Conservatory of Music, Mr. Shukur participated in Claus Huber’s master classes in Germany and in workshops and masterclasses by Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julie Wolf at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute in the US. He conducted the Omnibus Ensemble’s Central Asian premiere performances of Paul Hindemith’s Chamber Concert No. 1, György Ligeti’s Chamber Concert, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concordanza and Detto II. Mr. Shukur’s compositions were performed at numerous international music festivals by Delta Saxophone Quartet (Great Britain), Courage (Germany), Xenia String Quartet (Italy), Continuum (USA), New Julliard (USA), Aspekte Festival (Austria), Musique Nouvelles (Belgium). Mr. Shukur also writes music for theater and cinema.

Maria Chávez

Jeremy Thal
Brooklyn, NY

Jeremy Thal is a horn player, composer, and educator. He studied horn, ethnomusicology, and Chinese at Northwestern University. Mr. Thal is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Found Sound Nation (FSN). With Chris Marianetti, he designed FSN’s approach to socially-engaged music creation and led projects in Haiti, Zimbabwe, New Orleans, Mexico, Indonesia, Italy, and Switzerland. He has also served as a lead teaching artist at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, running innovative music production workshops with incarcerated youth in New York City. A founder of ZeroBit Music, Mr. Thal composes and produces music for film, theater, web sites and video games. As a horn player, he has recorded and toured with Jeff Mangum and The National and leads his own band, Briars of North America.

The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with US and Central Asian cultural organizations.

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