The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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.
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.

Here indeed is a musical caravan of endless richness, color, and variety... a fascinating array of native instruments and vocal styles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074043820
  • Catalog Number: 40438
  • Sales rank: 78,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mahur - Dariush Safvat (3:11)
  2. 2 Fakhri Havasi - Edalat Nasibov (3:50)
  3. 3 Balbyraun - Aygul Ulkenbaeva (1:25)
  4. 4 Dance of Tamir Agha - Kamo Khatchuarturian (2:30)
  5. 5 Dilkash (3:39)
  6. 6 Uchun Dur - Shuhrat Nabiev (4:20)
  7. 7 Choban Bayati - Mahmud Salah (1:52)
  8. 8 Mokhalef - Hoseyn Qavami (3:13)
  9. 9 Shushtari - Hassan Kassai (4:08)
  10. 10 Lullaby from Itsuki (2:50)
  11. 11 Ker-Tolgoo - Samara Tokhtakunova (2:57)
  12. 12 Ziao Yue Er Gao (High Little Moon) - Wu Man (2:20)
  13. 13 Jiu Kuang (Wine Mad) - Yao Bingyan (2:19)
  14. 14 Kharagay (The Pine Tree) - Vyacheslav Kuchenov (3:27)
  15. 15 Ilme (Hook) - Aygul Ulkenbaeva (2:13)
  16. 16 The Gallop of Jonon Khar - Baterdene (2:19)
  17. 17 The Nightingale - Ruslan Jamabaev (2:01)
  18. 18 The River Herlen - Baterdene (4:04)
  19. 19 Nava (3:51)
  20. 20 Woy Bala (Hey, Kid) - Nur Mahammat Tursun (2:16)
  21. 21 Meskin II - Shuhrat Razzaqov (2:45)
  22. 22 Ufar-E Bayat - Zakirjan Yunusov (3:54)
  23. 23 Chabbiyat Tazi Marghul - Uyghur Muqam Ensemble (3:29)
  24. 24 Shawm and Percussion Band from Southern Liaoning - Gongxiao Dasha Ensemble (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jew's Harp Melody - Edil Huseinov (3:21)
  2. 2 Khai - Evgeni Ulugbashev (3:32)
  3. 3 Tepen Kök (from Mongolia) - Kelek Kumaqau olo (2:29)
  4. 4 Kögmen - Sabjilar (3:38)
  5. 5 Excerpt - Jaule Bakshi (4:49)
  6. 6 Beyish Namasi (Melody of Paradise) - Qalbeke Uzaqbergenova (2:49)
  7. 7 Terme - Almas Almatov (1:21)
  8. 8 Lament - Dordi Torik (4:38)
  9. 9 Mashq-E Javanan - Sirajoddin Juraev (3:53)
  10. 10 Kuu - Nurlanbek Nyshanov (3:28)
  11. 11 Sanam - Abdughani Tokhtiev (3:38)
  12. 12 Charzarb - Ismail Nazriev (2:04)
  13. 13 Mizghan-i Siyah (Black Eyelashes) - Muhammud Rahim Takhary (2:21)
  14. 14 Love Song - Asheq Hasan (3:32)
  15. 15 Qara Olu - Edil Huseinov (4:25)
  16. 16 Kertolghau - Sayan Aqmoldaev (3:45)
  17. 17 Dargilik - Mahingul Nazarshaheva (2:31)
  18. 18 Madh - T. Soltan Qalebov (3:22)
  19. 19 Zikr - Naqshbandi Afaqi Brotherhood (4:05)
  20. 20 Kyrgyz Wisdom Song - Akil Sekebaev (4:38)
  21. 21 Allah Madad - Morâd Ali Sâlâr Ahmadi (3:22)
  22. 22 Alevi Song - Ashik Feyzullah Tchinar (4:05)
  23. 23 Sufi Hymn - Jarrahi Dervishes (4:38)
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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
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Joel Gordon Engineer
Jean During Producer, Liner Notes
Francois Picard Engineer
Jean-Claude Chabin Mastering
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
Jean Claude Chabin Mastering
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