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The silk road a musical caravan.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Folkways, [2002]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"Presents traditional music from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other Central Eurasian nations and peoples"--Container verso.

Compact discs.
Multiple languages
Disc 1 : Masters and traditions. Mahur (Iranian) (3:07) ; Fakhri havasi (Azeri) (3:48) ; Balbyraun (Kazakh) (1:23) ; Dance of tamir agha (Armenian) (2:27) ; Dilkash (Azeri) (3:36) ; Uchun dur (Uzbek/Tajik) (4:17) ; Choban bayati (Azeri) (1:49) ; Mokhalef (Iranian) (3:09) ; Shushtari (Iranian) (4:06) ; Lullaby from Itsuki (Japanese) (2:46) ; Ker-tolgoo (Kyrgyz) (2:52) ; Xiao yue er gao = High little moon (Chinese) (2:16) ; Jiu kuang = Wine mad (Chinese) (2:16) ; Kharagay = The pine tree (Khakas) (3:24) ; Ilme = Hook (Kazakh) (2:10) ; The gallop of jonon khar (Mongolian) (2:15) ; The nightingale (Kyrgyz) (1:57) ; The river Herlen (Mongolian) (4:00) ; Nava (Uzbek) (3:46) ; Woy bala = Hey kid (Uyghur) (2:12) ; Meskin II (Uzbek) (2:41) ; Ufar-e bayat (Tajik/Uzbek/Bukharan Jewish) (3:51) ; Chabbiyat tazi marghul (Uyghur) (3:25) ; Shawm and percussion band (Chinese) (2:49).

Disc 2 : Minstrels and lovers: Jew's harp melody (Kazakh) (1:45) ; Khai (Kkakas) (2:07) ; Tepen kök (Kazakh from Mongolia) (1:15) ; Kögmen (Khakas) (3:17) ; Excerpt from Alpamish epic (Uzbek) (3:28) ; Beyish namasi = Melody of paradise (Qaraqalpak) (2:26) ; Terme (Kazakh) (3:35) ; Lament (Turkmen from Iran) (4:47) ; Mashq-e javanan (Tajik/Uzbek) (2:45) ; Kuu (Kyrgyz) (1:17) ; Sanam (Uyghur) (4:34) ; Charzarb (Tajik) (3:49) ; Mizghan-i siyah = Black eyelashes (Afghan/Tajik) (3:24) ; Love song (Azeri from Iran) (3:34) ; Qara olu (Kazakh) (2:01) ; Kertolghau (Kazakh) (2:17) ; Dargilik (Tajik) (3:28) ; Madh (Tajik) (4:21) ; Zikr (Uyghur) (3:42) ; Kyrgyz wisdom song (Kyrgyz) (2:27) ; Allah madad (Iranian/Afghan) (3:19) ; Alevi song (Turkish) (4:01) ; Sufi hymn (Turkish) (4:38).
Added Title:
Masters and traditions.

Minstrels and lovers.
Format :
Music CD


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FOLKEUR .ZS583 S Compact Disc Central Library

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The Silk Road, that amorphous region that stretches from China to the Middle East, might just be Earth's final frontier. Crossing many countries and regions, for centuries it's been the conduit of trade and culture. Part of the culture is the music and the way the travelers have spread the influence of sounds in both directions. The result is music from many areas with common themes -- horses, for example -- and modes and ideas that mix, but which also often keep a remarkably unique flavor, perhaps best typified by the unearthly Tuvan throat singing. Many of the examples given here, both in the Masters & Traditions disc and the Minstrels & Lovers, are field recordings made across Asia and the Middle East with some stunning fidelity. One of the most intriguing things about the nomadic music that fills so much of this collection is the lack of rhythmic instruments (as opposed to settled cultures, which value drumming) and the curious rhythms of the songs and instrumental pieces, which seem to reflect the gait of horses. There's plenty of wonderful music here, but to Western ears, the transcendent player has to be Mashq-e Javanan, a player of the stringed dutar from Tajikistan. He's not traditional, but his fluency and creativity -- not to mention his speed -- make him the equal of any guitar god. However, that's not quite the point of the overall exercise here, which is to expose people to all the music and cultures that comprise the Silk Road. In that it succeeds completely, as part of the overall Silk Road project headed by Yo-Yo Ma. Extraordinary, exotic, and frequently majestic, this is indeed a journey. ~ Chris Nickson