Uzbekistan: Music of Khorezm

Uzbekistan: Music of Khorezm

Various Artists UNES08269

Khorezm, a medieval kingdom located in the heart of Central Asia, is now a culturally autonomous region in the northwest of Uzbekistan. Khorezmians are known for their distinctive traditions of language and oral literature, festivity and celebration, and music and dance. Uzbekistan: Music of Khorezm, recorded between 1991 and 1994, explores the region’s traditional sound world through five distinct musical traditions: oral epic, music by and for women, spiritual songs, classical music, and popular music. The expressive cantillations of epic tales, the rigorous and virtuosic performances of maqam suites, and the spiritual song by a professional mourner (guyanda)—whose intense voice reaches a high point of culmination (awj)—all attest the legacy of the venerable cultural tradition of Khorezm.

Theodore Levin, the compiler of this album, also produced a number of Siberian and Central Asian recordings in the Smithsonian Folkways catalog, including the GRAMMY-nominated Music of Central Asia series.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1996
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2015 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1996 Auvidis-UNESCO
Genre(s) World
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101 Excerpt from Dastan Bazirgan Qalandar Baxshi, Nizamaddin Ruzmetov, Qudrat Rahimov, Davran Masharipov 5:49
102 Yar-yar Nazira Baïjanova 4:57
103 Geldim size mehman bölib - Alma pishgende geling Nazira Baijanova, Ulibibi Baijanova 6:37
104 Bir Allaim Nazira Baijanova, Matrasul Matyakubov, San'at Zaripov 5:30
105 Aqlimni ölib - Sudur janim su böldi Shirin Jumaniazova, Dilbar Qalandarova 6:05
106 Chapandaz-i suvara - Sawt-i suvara Farhad Davlatov, Qazibay Rozmatov 11:44
107 Muqaddima-i segah Azad Ibragimov, Ulugbek Kurbanbaev, Maxsud Yeshchanov 6:23
108 Hafif-i Segah Matrasul Matyakubov, Abad Latipov 4:48
109 Qaradali Shuxrat Razakov 2:44
110 Dayra rhythms Saidnazar Otajanov 1:37
111 Araziban Ensemble Araziban 9:01
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