Playing Together: Central Asian Music Academy
In the past year, 2014 Fellow Askat Jetigen Uulu has been participating in CECArtsLink’s Playing Together Central Asian Music Academy, a two-year program of workshops and performances featuring young musicians from Central Asia. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. One ensemble to emerge from the program is Bandistan, an ensemble of talented musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan who is touring through NYC and the Northeast this month. With this group, Askat performs traditional and new Central Asian music on the rarely heard komuz, qyl-qobys, ooz, setor and tanbur, as well as western instruments. The group is also experimenting with improvisation and other collaborative music methods during the tour, and leading educational workshops. Following a short residency at Carnegie Hall, the group has performances at the Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pioneer Works.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Tritha Sinha x Rosie Tucker
“Every song put me right back in OneBeat, and reminds us how different we were, but at the same time how easily we blended together musically. You can’t believe that it was [made by] a group of people in one month together, or a couple of hours even, for some of these songs.” -Tritha Sinha OneBeat 2016 Fellow and composer Rosie Tucker (Los Angeles) interviews vocalist and guitarist Tritha Sinha (New Delhi) about her song “L’Amour” from the OneBeat 2016 Mixtape. Rosie: How did L’Amour come about? What was the process like? Tritha: I thought of L’Amour when i wanted to write a song in French, because I was visiting France a lot, and my bandmates are French. I was obviously singing in my Indian languages and a bit in English with them, but French was becoming like a third language, and I thought, “okay, what can I write?” You […]