Playing Together: Sharing Central Asian Musical Heritage

Two-year program of workshops, public events, and collaborations in traditional and contemporary music, which brings together young musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan under the leadership of Central Asian, US, and Indian experts. The program is fully supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.


Playing Together at Bang on A Can Summer Music Festival
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, July 17 - August 9, 2017
In the summer of 2017, CEC ArtsLink’s Playing Together brings four musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA continuing our long-term collaboration with Bang on a Can. Over the course of three fascinating weeks Central Asian musicians will be immersed into a series of interactive workshops and seminars with colleagues from all over the world. The musicians will share their musical traditions and will grow their knowledge of the music business, electronics, sound-painting, performance techniques, composition, and instrument-making.

Playing Together: Celebrating US - Central Asian Collaboration
Concert tour in Central Asia, October 1-18, 2016
The project celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creation of independent Central Asian countries with an exciting series of concerts and workshops with US and Central Asian musicians. The participants embarked on a 12-day concert tour to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The concerts highlighted the diversity and the commonalities found in the region's traditions and cultures thus demonstrating music and cross-cultural exchange utility in uniting people. The project built on two years of bilateral exchanges between musicians in Central Asia, the US, and India. 

Bandistan Education and Concert Tour
New York, Massachusetts, July 10-22, 2016
The two-week Bandistan tour included workshops with leading US musicians and composers; meetings with professionals and organizations that support traditional and contemporary music; concerts with renowned US and international practitioners; visits to the museums and cultural organizations in New York and Massachusetts. One of the most important components of the tour was the three-day residency at the Bang on a Can summer program at Mass MoCA. The pogram included a concert at New York’s Asia Society, an in-galleries presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a public jam-session at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn

Concert Tour of the Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music

Tashkent, Almaty, Dushanbe, November 12-19, 2015
The Tour included a series of concerts and events dedicated to the development of new music in Central Asia and the strengthening of professional relationships built during the Academy's program in the summer 2015. It opened on November 12 in Tashkent and brought young musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the capitals of Central Asia.

Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, July 16 - August 6, 2015
The Academy taught new skills while creating links between musicians and musical cultures. Conducted by leading music professionals from Central Asia, United States and India this three week program included interactive workshops, masterclasses, and concerts in a wide range of genres and styles - from traditional Central Asian music to experimental contemporary music.

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 Central Asian cultural organizations.