Smithsonian Institution
Spring 2010: Featuring Music of Central Asia



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The online, multimedia magazine of Smithsonian Folkways

Rainbow Artists

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Kronos Quartet   |   Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Homayun Sakhi   |   Salar Nader   |   Abbos Kosimov

Abbos Kosimov was born into a musical family in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He began playing doyra at age nine, and later studied with Ustad Mamurjon Vahabov at Tashkent's College of Culture and Music. He graduated from the Tashkent State Institute of Culture in 1994, and since then has pursued an international career as a professional doyra player.

Based in California since 2005, Kosimov continues to perform with his Uzbek traditional music group Abbos. He also performs as a member of Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion ensemble, and has appeared with conga virtuoso Giovanni Hidalgo, legendary percussionists Terry Bozio and Steve Smith, and the world percussion group Hands On'Semble. He has recorded with Stevie Wonder, and recently created the first instructional DVD on the doyra available in the West.




















Kronos Quartet   |   Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Homayun Sakhi   |   Salar Nader   |   Abbos Kosimov