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Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia

Central Asia concert presented by UCLA LIVE

Friday, November 02, 2007
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
UCLA Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Some of the world’s most ancient and mysterious music and epic poetry comes to Royce Hall in a remarkable concert featuring 18 of Central Asia’s greatest singers and musicians, many of them appearing in the U.S. for the first time. Performed against a backdrop of vibrant projected images, “Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia” includes artists from the volatile, mountain-ringed region of Asia bordered by Russia, Iran, China and Pakistan including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan) and Kalmykia. Closed to the West for 70 years, this former Soviet controlled area has experienced a resurgence in ancient musical traditions since the fall of the Soviet Empire. Showcasing some of the most exotic musical traditions on the planet, the concert includes the legendary mugham singer Alim Qasimov and his virtuosic four-man ensemble, trance-inducing mystical songs by the seven-person Badakhshan Ensemble, and an illustration of Central Asian musical styles by the once taboo, all-female ensemble Bardic Divas. With supertitles for texted songs.

Cost : $46, 36, 24 ($15 UCLA Students)


Sponsor(s): , Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

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