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Revitalizing Shashmaqâm: Court Music of Central Asia

For more information and Music of Central Asia, please visit: Watch a 5 minute excerpt from the 27-minute documentary film included in the CD/DVD About This CD/DVD: Music of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks Amid the mosques and minarets of Samarkand and Bukhara, generations of vocalists set the mystical, Sufi-inspired verse of Hafiz and other classical poets to lyrical melodies, creating a spiritual art music of great refinement and sublime beauty called Shashmaq?m, confirming its important place among the great art music traditions of Eurasia. A bonus DVD documents the musical tradition of the Shashmaq?m in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. 18 tracks. 70 minutes. 44-page booklet, photos, and bilingual lyrics; DVD contains series introduction, 24-minute film, interactive glossary, and map. Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia's rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( ). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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