Music Video

Music of Central Asia Vol. 6: Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan

March 2017

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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is producing a 10-CD set documenting the musics of Central Asia.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release ten volumes of its new Music of Central Asia series from 2006-2009. This ground-breaking, newly recorded series presents authentic musical traditions of Central Asia as they are performed today, featuring some of the region's most outstanding artists. From the nomadic and bardic cultures of the steppes to the classical court traditions of the cities, this series celebrates musicians who display a mastery of older traditions and also embody a contemporary spirit of innovation. Produced in conjunction with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, each release includes an extensive color booklet and comes with a vivid bonus DVD containing a series introduction, 24-minute film, interactive glossary and map.

Mugham, the indigenous classical music of Azerbaijan, belongs to a transnational tradition of urban classical or court music that flourished in the great cultural centers of North Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, and Central Asia beginning more than a millennium ago. Mugham and its cognate repertoires are all regionally specific but represent what is at root a common musical language.