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Central Asian Videos

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Tengir-Too: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan
Duration 5:27


The Tengir-Too is a new ensemble that plays old music. The group takes its name...  click for more

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Revitalizing Shashmaqâm: Court Music of Central Asia
Duration 6:24


Maqâm-i Râst is one of the six maqâms, or suites, which constitute the systematically...  click for more

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Homayun Sakhi
Duration 6:48


Homayun Sakhi is the outstanding Afghan rubâb player of his generation, a brilliant virtuoso endowed...  click for more

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Bardic Divas: Women's Voices in Central Asia
Duration 5:37


Throughout Central Asia, female musicians, dancers, and entertainers have long been...  click for more

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Music and Dance in the Pamir Mountains
Duration 5:45


The Badakhshan Ensemble takes its name from the mountainous region...  click for more

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Mugham: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan
Duration 5:53


Mugham, the indigenous classical music of Azerbaijan, belongs to a transnational...  click for more

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Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
Duration 5:38


Throughout Central Asia, female musicians, dancers, and entertainers have long been an...  click for more

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Making of the album "Rainbow"
Duration 7:19


"Working with Kronos [America's premier new music quartet], I realized that through music you can cross...  click for more

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Making of the album "In the Footsteps of Babur"
Duration 4:14


"In the month of Ramadan of the year 899 [June 1494] and in the twelfth year of my age...  click for more

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Music of Central Asia and the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Duration 9:32


The Aga Khan Music Initiative promotes traditional music as part of a broader...  click for more

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N. Sengedorj of Mongolia demonstrates khöömei throat-singing
Duration 0:54


Throat-singing, a guttural style of singing or chanting, is one of the world's oldest forms of music. It is predominantly...  click for more

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An ethnomusicologist gives a throat-singing lesson
Duration 3:01


For those who think the human voice can produce only one note at a time, the resonant harmonies of throat-singing are surprising. In throat-singing, a singer can produce two or more notes simultaneously through a specialized...  click for more