Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

     
 
Produced in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, this 2-CD set presents a carefully curated selection of traditional musical masterpieces from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian nations and peoples linked by the Silk Road. The trade routes collectively known as the Silk Road crisscrossed from

Overview

Produced in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, this 2-CD set presents a carefully curated selection of traditional musical masterpieces from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian nations and peoples linked by the Silk Road. The trade routes collectively known as the Silk Road crisscrossed from China to the Middle East and Europe from around 200 BCE to 1500 CE, and represented civilization's first great period of globalization -- an unprecedented cross-pollination of art, technology, fashion, and ideas. The legacy of these centuries of cultural exchange is a dense web of human connectedness that has yielded remarkable music, vibrantly performed on these CDs by some of the greatest exponents of their traditions. See also Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Silk Road, that amorphous region that stretches from China to the Middle East, might just be Earth's final frontier. Crossing many countries and regions, for centuries it's been the conduit of trade and culture. Part of the culture is the music and the way the travelers have spread the influence of sounds in both directions. The result is music from many areas with common themes -- horses, for example -- and modes and ideas that mix, but which also often keep a remarkably unique flavor, perhaps best typified by the unearthly Tuvan throat singing. Many of the examples given here, both in the Masters & Traditions disc and the Minstrels & Lovers, are field recordings made across Asia and the Middle East with some stunning fidelity. One of the most intriguing things about the nomadic music that fills so much of this collection is the lack of rhythmic instruments (as opposed to settled cultures, which value drumming) and the curious rhythms of the songs and instrumental pieces, which seem to reflect the gait of horses. There's plenty of wonderful music here, but to Western ears, the transcendent player has to be Mashq-e Javanan, a player of the stringed dutar from Tajikistan. He's not traditional, but his fluency and creativity -- not to mention his speed -- make him the equal of any guitar god. However, that's not quite the point of the overall exercise here, which is to expose people to all the music and cultures that comprise the Silk Road. In that it succeeds completely, as part of the overall Silk Road project headed by Yo-Yo Ma. Extraordinary, exotic, and frequently majestic, this is indeed a journey.
New York Magazine
Here indeed is a musical caravan of endless richness, color, and variety... a fascinating array of native instruments and vocal styles.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074043820
catalogNumber:
40438
Rank:
15776

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mahur
  2. Fakhri Havasi
  3. Balbyraun
  4. Dance of Tamir Agha
  5. Dilkash
  6. Uchun Dur
  7. Choban Bayati
  8. Mokhalef
  9. Shushtari
  10. Lullaby from Itsuki
  11. Ker-Tolgoo
  12. Ziao Yue Er Gao (High Little Moon)
  13. Jiu Kuang (Wine Mad)
  14. Kharagay (The Pine Tree)
  15. Ilme (Hook)
  16. The Gallop of Jonon Khar
  17. The Nightingale
  18. The River Herlen
  19. Nava
  20. Woy Bala (Hey, Kid)
  21. Meskin II
  22. Ufar-E Bayat
  23. Chabbiyat Tazi Marghul
  24. Shawm and Percussion Band from Southern Liaoning

Disc 2

  1. Jew's Harp Melody
  2. Khai
  3. Tepen Kök (from Mongolia)
  4. Kögmen
  5. Excerpt
  6. Beyish Namasi (Melody of Paradise)
  7. Terme
  8. Lament
  9. Mashq-E Javanan
  10. Kuu
  11. Sanam
  12. Charzarb
  13. Mizghan-i Siyah (Black Eyelashes)
  14. Love Song
  15. Qara Olu
  16. Kertolghau
  17. Dargilik
  18. Madh
  19. Zikr
  20. Kyrgyz Wisdom Song
  21. Allah Madad
  22. Alevi Song
  23. Sufi Hymn

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wu Man   Pipa
Ali Tajvidi   Violin
Turgun Alimatov   Sato
Ashik Feyzullah Tchinar   Saz,Vocals
Ashiq Hasan   Saz,Vocals
Grigor Takushian   Duduk
Bruno Caillat   Zarb
Gevorg Dabaghyan   Doudouk
Malik Mansurov   Taragat
Abdorahim Hamidov   Dutar
Abdollâh Nazriev   Vocals,Satara
Barno Ishakova   Vocals
Elshan Mansurov   Kamanche
Kojiro Umezaki   Shakuhachi
Sa Sohrabi   Track Performer
Abdollâh Sarvar Ahmadi   Dutar
Morâd Ali Sâlâr Ahmadi   Vocals
Rahmân-Qilich Yomudi   Ghijak
Hassan Kassai   Ney
Hossein Ghavami   Vocals
Almas Almatov   Vocals,Dombura
Jurabek Nabiev   Vocals
Abdurashid Nâdirev   Vocals,Dutar
Abdughani Tokhtiev   Tambur
Edalat Nasibov   Saz
Bahauddin   Tambur
Jaule Bakshi   Vocals,Dombura
Barterdene   Morin Khuur
Khodapanah Berdov   Satara
Yao Bingyan   Guoqin
Sergei Charkhov   Vocals,Chakchas
Svetlana Chebodaev   Percussion,Vocals
Gongxiao Dasha Ensemble   Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Sheng,Shawm
Ruslan Jamabaev   Komuz
Sirajoddin Juraev   Dutar
Karakhan Karakhanov   Tambor
Kamo Khatchuarturian   Dhol
Khongorzul   Vocals
Sultanali Khudaberdiev   Dutar
Vyacheslav Kuchenov   Vocals,Chakchas
Faqir Muhammad   Rubab
Shavkat Nabiev   Ghijak
Shuhrat Nabiev   Vocals,Tambur
Rama Narkalaev   Ghijak
Mahingul Nazarshaheva   Vocals
Davlat Nazriev   Taragat
Ismail Nazriev   Dombura
T. Soltan Qalebov   Vocals,Rubab
Razzaqov   Tambur
Dariush Safvat   Santur
Mahmud Salah   Daff
Akil Sekebaev   Vocals,Komuz
Shayna Silverstein   Glossary
Sohrab   Balaban
Muhammud Rahim Takhary   Vocals,Dambura
S. Tawarow   Vocals,Rubab
Samara Tokhtakunova   Komuz
Dordi Torik   Vocals,Dutar
Nur Mahammat Tursun   Satara
Aygul Ulkenbaeva   Dombura
Evgeni Ulugbashev   Vocals,Chakchas
Qalbeke Uzaqbergenova   Vocals,Dutar
Zakirjan Yunusov   Tambur
M. Salar Ahmadi   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Burgess   Marketing
Ted Levin   Producer,Liner Notes
Joel Gordon   Engineer
Jean During   Producer,Liner Notes
Francois Picard   Engineer
Lee Michael Demsey   Contributor
Ibrahim   Contributor
John Passmore   Contributor
Sayan Aqmoldaev   Contributor
Leyli Atashkar   Photo Booklet
Anna Burnakova   Contributor
Jarrahi Dervishes   Contributor
Edil Huseinov   Contributor
Slava Kuchenov   Contributor
Kelek Kumaqau olo   Contributor
Naqshbandi Afaqi Brotherhood   Contributor
Malang Nejrabi   Contributor
Uyghur Muqam Ensemble   Contributor
Nurlanbek Nyshanov   Contributor

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