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A WOMAD PRODUCTION FOR REALWORLD
2. AGLAR MEN
3. BAYATY (Instrumental)
4. BALAM SENI
5. SHALAKHO (Instrumental)
6. YAMAN YKBAL
8. AISHA (Instrumental)
11. GARAGUM KESHDELERI (Instrumental)
Atabai Tsharykuliev vocal, tar;
Elektra Strings - Sonia Slany violin;
"l'm far from home , travelling the world. Every country has its
own beauty but my heart longs for the black stones and sweet people of
AGLAR MEN (l'm Crying)
I'm crying because of my people's troubled fate, because our land is parched and nothing grows anymore. I cry and wonder how I can transform my country into a flowering, blossoming place."
Composed by Eldar Mansurov, Arranged by Ghassan and Sabir with accompaniment from acousstic bass player Bernd von Ostrowski and Electra Strings.
BALAM SENI (My Child)
"I love you my child and always see you by my side, even though you' re not there, I yearn for you."
A breathtaking traditional ratio with a 32 bar drum solo.
YAMAN YKBAL (Sad Fate)
I once loved a girl with wonderful hair, teeth like pearls and beautiful eyes. I met her years later; her beauty had gone, her face was lined with sorrow."
Aisha features the soulful violin playing of Ghassan.
KAKAN GYZ (Dancing Girl)
"She stepped into the forest glade -I've never seen anything so
beautitful and her
KETSHPELEK (Bitter fate)
GARAGUM KESHDELERI (Instrumental)
Ashkhahad is the capital of
The Orient has always been a cultural melting pot and so is the music
When John Leckie - best known as producer of guitar rock bands -
The result is a completly acoustic recording - truly unplugged. It captures the intensity of feeling and the romanticism of ASHKHABAT music.
(vocal, tar, dutar), burn in
At a child Atabai took care of his father's sheep. With this solitary existence he had lots of time to pick up various instruments, but singing inspired him above all. A few years later he discovered that he had a love for hard rock, as well as traditional music: "Hard rock singers scream just like our Turkmenian singers.
His apprenticeship began when he started playing at weddings and he
As the end of the Seventies the state launched a campaign against
traditional wedding music; it was considered "too Islamic and too
religious". Atabai was banned from working. The media were no longer
allowed to cover his activities and those who tried to help him were fired.
Many established musicians were afraid to play with him. At the peak of this
campaign Atabai was locked in a mental institution for six weeks.
(violin), born in
Ghassan's father was a farm hand who loved music. When Ghassan was six
At the age of nineteen he began playing accordion at weddings. For him the violin was reserved for European classical music but his love for the instrument eventually won, and four years later he sold his accordion. Today he plays everything from classical music to folk, jazz, rock and pop. His idols are Jasha Heifetz and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Ghassan, who is of Azerbeidjani descent brings Azerbeidjani, Turkish
and Persian influences to the music of
(clarinet, soprano sax, percussion), born in May 1958
Sabir's father, a theacher, is an amateur tar player and helped his son
to develop his own musical talents. At a very early age Sabir learnt to
play the piano and went on to study percussion, clarinet and
saxsophone. He played in the opera orchestra, for the radio big band and
organised jazz-festivals and concerts in
Today he is Head of the Department of Popular Music at
Sabir has written the music for a number of films and is preparing the
first publication of his chamber music compositions which are strongly
influenced by oriental music.
(dep, sarp, nagara), born in Kirov, 1958
Khakberdy's father worked in the cotton industry , his elder brother played tar and accordion. At kindergarten he wasn't content just to sing along with the other children: he had seen men playing the dep (a druw similar to the tambourine) on TV and at wedding and he knew already what he wanted to do in life.
As a boy, Khakberdy played along with Persian melodies on the radio and when he was thirteen he started to play drums at weddings, learning the traditional Turkmenian repertoire. He went on to study percussion at university and played with many local groups.
The virtuosity, energy and creativity of his playing are extraordinary. Khakberdy works in many different musical spheres. At the moment he is studying Indian and Latin - American percussion and rhythms and he would like to link up with drummers from all over the world.
(accordion, piano). born in
Kurban comes from an academic background; his parents didn't want their son to go into folk music. He had to go to weddings in secret to listen to the best traditional accordion players.
Today Kurban doesn't enjoy weddings very much because the musicians are often treated badly: "If we go to a wedding we feel like soldiers going to the front." He does think, however, that weddings are vital to his fitness; after a weekend of playing accordion for twenty hours or more your fingers certainly movemore easily ......
With the release of their first album as a group. Kurban it happy that