Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music

July 16 - August 6, 2015, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Participants | Trainers | Coaches

Central Asian musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan gather to participate in a unique educational program focusing on the development of contemporary music. The Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music will run from July 16 till August 6, 2015 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Academy will teach new skills while creating links between musicians and musical cultures. Twenty Central Asian musicians were chosen for this intensive program designed by Artyom Kim, a leading composer from Uzbekistan, and Tashkent musician and video artist Sukhrob Nazimov. They will be joined by outstanding contemporary musicians Robert Black (US), Dhruba Ghosh (India), Jeremy Thal (US), and music professionals from Central Asia, Great Britain, and the United States.

During the 3 week program, participants will participate in interactive workshops, masterclasses, and concerts utilizing a range of genres and styles from traditional to experimental.

The Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music is part of Playing Together: Sharing Central Asian Musical Heritage, a two-year music program which brings together young musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan under the leadership of Central Asian, US, and Indian experts. Other program activities include: a Central Asian concert tour by the young musicians in November 2015, the creation of a Central Asian music website, and residencies and concerts by Central Asian musicians in the US Through these activities, the Playing Together program helps build a strong network for musicians in Central Asia and encourages on-going creative exchange while developing a platform to promote Central Asian art in the region and abroad.

The program is supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with Ustashakirt Plus (Kyrgyzstan) and National Conservatories of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music will take place at the Kyrgyz National Conservatory in Bishkek. The series of jam-sessions will be held every Saturday between July 16 and August 6 at the Bishkek's Dom Kino named after Aytmatov. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Follow our blog for more information here.

Maria Demagina, Piano, Accordion
Tokzhan Karatai, Qyl-qobyz
Erik Khisamiyev, Flute, Saxophone

Kerez Berikova, Viola, Qyl Qyiak, Temir Ooz Qomuz, Zhygach Ooz Qomuz
Aitegin Djumaliev, Violin, Guitar
Ulanbek Galybaev, Trombone
Emilbek Ishenbek, Uulu Qomuz, Qyl-Qyiak
Aisaana Omorova, Qomuz, Temir, Zhygach ooz Qomuz
Askat Zhetigen, Komuz, Temir ooz Qomuz

Hamza Hakimzoda, Violin
Shakhboz Karimov, Clarinet, Saxophone
Khushbakht Niyozov, Afghan Rubab, Daf, Tably, Setor
Sardor, Soliev, Tanbur, Rubab
Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev, Dutar

Mukhammadazim Akbarov, Oboe
Sanjar Nafikov, Keyboard
Alisher Sharipov, Qashgar Rubab
Toshtemur Shukurullaev, Nai
Farkhod Ubaydulloev, Ood

Robert Black, United States
Dhruba Ghosh, India
Alibek Kabdurakhmanov, Uzbekistan
Artyom Kim, Uzbekistan
Ted Levin, United States
Sukhrob Nazimov, Uzbekistan
Nurlanbek Nyshanov, Kyrgyzstan
Michael Ormiston, United Kingdom
Djakhongir Shukurov, Uzbekistan
Jeremy Thal, United States
Candida Valentino, United Kingdom

Mukhammadaziz Akbarov, Uzbekistan
Batir Dosimbetov, Uzbekistan
Olga Kalyujina, Uzbekistan
Muzaffar Rasulkhodjaev, Uzbekistan
Ravshan Tukhtamishev, Uzbekistan
Jamshid Ubaydullaev, Uzbekistan
Lemara Yakubova, Uzbekistan