• I met Karimsakova Nagima in Nukus, capital of Karakalpakstan, autonomous republic of Uzbekistan. I recorded her in the home museum of Amet and Ayimkhan Shamuratovs, a museum dedicated to the life of two great figures of the Karakalpakstan culture in the XXth century. Karimsakova Nagima is a member of the Ayimkhan Shamuratova Ensemble, who is nowadays playing songs that were once composed by Ayimkhan Shamuratova herself. This song, Yashapari, is played with a dotar made in the capital of Karakalpakstan, Nukus (west Uzbekistan).
      Recorded in Nukus, december 2014.

    • The Ayimkhan Shamuratova Ensemble is playing songs composed by Ayimkhan Shamuratova, a famous figure of the Karakalpakstan culture in the XXth century. The musicians are playing dotar (two strings luth), gijjak (string bowed instrument) and shinqobiz (Jew’s harp). – Nagima Karimsakova (dotar)
      – Khurliman Alabayeva (shinqobiz)
      – Sagidulla Saitov (gijjak)
      – Kurbangul Utigenova
      – Gulbanu Sitchanova

      • Sound recordings from Karimsakova Nagima and the Ayimkhan Shamuratova Ensemble. Recorded in Nukus, december 2014.

    • I met these kids in the home-museum of Amet and Ayimkhan Shamuratovs in Nukus, Karakalpakstan. The museum hosts an education center where kids from low-income families come regularly to learn english, russian, pre-school education as well as sewing and singing. They were preparing some dances for the new year show when i came, so i added some more fun with the accordion. They are not too bad in dance improvisation! Recorded in Nukus, december 2014. For more informations about the home-museum’s education center, click here.

    • Discovering the accordion, this very strange instrument! Recorded in the home-museum of Amet and Ayimkhan Shamuratovs in Nukus, Karakalpakstan. December 2014.

    • Saodat Gulamova and the musicians of the Manzour Ensemble are based in Bukhara and play Shashmaqam music, the traditionnal art music played in the region of Bukhara, Uzbekistan. “Shashmaqam” means “6 maqams” in tadjik, and refers to 6 musical modes associated to different colours and emotions.
      1- The Manzour ensemble, directed by Sadriddin Gulov (saz and rubab, not playing in this recording), plays traditionnal and folk music from Uzbekistan.
      -Nadir Tachev (Qanun)
      -Jasur Mukhamedov (G’ijjak)
      -Mirzohid Abosev (Nay)
      -Dilmurod Hamroyev (Rubab)
      -Akmal Hamroyev (Doyra)
      -Ismat Iskandarov (Oud)
      2- Saodat Gulamova is one of the greatest singers of Bukhara, and a professional Shashmaqam performer. As a friend of my friend Sadriddin Gulov (playing saz in this recording), i had the occasion to record her.
      3- The last Shashmaqam piece is performed by Sadriddin Gulov (accordion) and other different musicians from the music university where Sadriddin is teaching.
      Recorded in Bukhara, December 2014.

    • A beautiful folk song from Manzour Ensemble, based in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Recorded with my Zoom H4n in a studio of Bukhara, December 2014.

    • Romolom (“the headscarf”) is a folk tune from the region of Kharezm, in Uzbekistan. In this region, the accordion (coming from russia) has been integrated in the local folk music.
      The tune is performed by the students of one of the music university of Bukhara, where my friend Sadriddin Gulov (here playing the accordion) is teaching.
      Recorded in December 2014.

    • In the same university, where the franco-uzbek cultural exchanges have been quite prolific, some musicians are performing with a Kashgar Rubab (on the right) and a Doyra (on the left). It’s the only video so watch it!

    • An austere song played with a tanbur, traditional string instrument of Central Asia.
      Recorded n Bukhara, december 2014.

      • Andijan Polka is one of the most popular traditional dance of Uzbekistan. The tune is famous throughout the country, and even in its neighbours : Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan…
        Sadriddin Gulov taught me this tune when i was in Bukhara. A very precious gift, because this polka favored my encounters with so many people of Central Asia, especially the one who liked dancing! (so approximately everybody)

      • In Samarkand, on the Christmas day, kids are dancing on Andijan Polka on stage with a Santa Claus dressed in a Christmas costume with uzbek patterns. A real Christmas Uzbek style!

      • Tanya Eleusizova and her mother Valentina kindly hosted me in their flat in the outskirts of Tashkent. From a russian family, they have now been living in Tashkent for about 40 years.
        We honored this night the franco-russian friendship by playing and singing many french and russian songs. Despite her advanced age, Valentina hasn’t lost her boogie; and it’s with lots of malice that she lent her voice to my microphone.
        The first tune is a smart adaptation of the famous russian song Podmoskovnie Vechera (Russian nights), changed into Tashkentskiye Vechera (nights of Tashkent).
        The second tune is a russian tale for childrens she randomly started to tell when i started to record her!
        Recorded in Tashkent, december 2014.

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  1. Hello,

    My mother was at the museum when you took pictures of the kids in a school there.
    She mentioned that you would post/publishe them here on your site. They gave me the website.
    I see videos but not photos.

    Would you mind telling me if the photos are posted somewhere else or email them to me so Ivan forward the photos to my brother & he can share them with mom.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Gulsinay,

      Don’t worry, i’m slowly uploading on this website all the files concerning my project, and i will post soon the videos Islam took in the museum (dances and songs from the children!). But i also have a few photos that i’m gonna send to you right now by email.


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