Music of Central Asia, Vol. 1: Tengir-Too - Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This might be a manufactured excursion into Central Asian roots, but it's one with integrity, with the intention of going to the heart of the music of Kyrgyzstani mountain music. These are traditional and nostalgic pieces, as well as modern tunes and songs that evoke the past, all exquisitely performed. What's perhaps surprising is how un-alien it all sounds, from the flute melodies of "Kyz Oigotoor," which conjures up images of the Andes, to the brilliant full-throated singing of "Kyiylp Turam," which sounds European. But even the most Kryzyg pieces, such as the jew's-harp feature that opens the album, don't come across as especially strange, given their galloping ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This might be a manufactured excursion into Central Asian roots, but it's one with integrity, with the intention of going to the heart of the music of Kyrgyzstani mountain music. These are traditional and nostalgic pieces, as well as modern tunes and songs that evoke the past, all exquisitely performed. What's perhaps surprising is how un-alien it all sounds, from the flute melodies of "Kyz Oigotoor," which conjures up images of the Andes, to the brilliant full-throated singing of "Kyiylp Turam," which sounds European. But even the most Kryzyg pieces, such as the jew's-harp feature that opens the album, don't come across as especially strange, given their galloping rhythms that pull the ear along. In fact, everything here is a gem, thanks to the wonderful work of the band and it's worth adding that the overall package is superb, with extensive notes and an accompanying DVD, whose thoughtful and imaginative arrangements make the most of the melodies and rhythms. The members of Tengir-Too, all virtuosos without ever flaunting the fact, make some glorious music. This offers a window on a relatively unknown world, and shows the view to be incredibly appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074052020
  • Catalog Number: 40520
  • Sales rank: 145,800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jangylyk (Novelty) - Asylbek Nasirdinov (3:13)
  2. 2 Erke Kyz (The Spoiled Girl) - Tengeir-Too (2:07)
  3. 3 Küidüm Chok (I Burn, I Smoulder Like Charcoal) - Zainidin Imanaliev (3:26)
  4. 4 Episode from the Manas: Kökötöidün Ashy (Kökötöi's Memorial Feast) (6:26)
  5. 5 Belek (Gift) (2:03)
  6. 6 Kara Özgöi (Impudent One) - Ruslan Jumabaev (3:20)
  7. 7 Kyiylyp Turam (I'm Sad to Say Goodbye) - Kenjekul Kubatova (2:32)
  8. 8 Attila Khan - Nurak Abdrakhmanov (3:27)
  9. 9 Ak Satkyn Menen Kulmyrza (Ak Satkyn and Kulmyrza) - Toktobek Asnaliev (9:09)
  10. 10 Fantasy on the Chopo Choor (2:00)
  11. 11 Gül (Flower) (3:34)
  12. 12 Jol Jürüsh (2:27)
  13. 13 Kengesh (Soviet) - Namazbek Uraliev (3:14)
  14. 14 Esimde (I Remember) - Toktobek Asnaliev (5:04)
  15. 15 Ker Özön (Wide Valley) - Baktybek Chytyrbaev (2:38)
  16. 16 Sagynam (I Miss You) - Tengeir-Too (3:32)
  17. 17 Kambarkan - Nurak Abdrakhmanov (4:52)
  18. 18 Kyz Oigotoor (A Melody That Wakes Up a Girl) (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asylbek Nasirdinov Jew's Harp, Komuz
Ruslan Jumabaev Komuz
Nurak Abdrakhmanov Komuz
Namazbek Uraliev Komuz
Technical Credits
Elaine Anderson Contributor
Joel Gordon Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Theodore Levin Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Series Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Sonya Cohen Cramer Contributor
Carlos Casas Videography
Nurlanbek Nyshanov Composer, Contributor, Liner Notes, Artistic Director
Nurak Abdrakhmanov Composer
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