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.
OneBeat 2013 Film
OneBeat 2013 brought together musicians from 16 countries and 6 continents, and a mind-boggling diversity of genres: Arabic hip hop, Cambodian classical music, Kenyan indie-rock, Chinese punk, to name a few. Our philosophy is based on the notion that, by collaborating across divides of culture, nationality, and musical traditions, we can access unexplored elements of each other’s potential. More than a series of music concerts and performances, OneBeat balances three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement: Dialogue: A chance to discuss with one another what music means in the context of our society, culture, and politics. We ask: How do we invite our communities to participate in the transformative power of music? How do we create art that invigorates/enriches a community? How can music function — in some small way — to heal wounds created by conflict, stress, poverty and lay the groundwork for healthier systems? Creation: Collaborating to compose […]