Tag Archive: Azerbaijan

on playing music from Central Asia…

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a meeting with my partner, Jessica, for Raks Makam.  This comes on the tail end of me performing a fully fleshed out version of… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: “What If the Cello had Originated in Azerbaijan?”

For the Silk Road Ensemble musicians, hearing the ethereal voice of Azerbaijani mugham singer Alim Qasimov put their years of conservatory training into serious question.  As they delved into the mugham, they each… Continue reading

Exploring the Ghaval…

Well, not technically exploring it, as I don’t actually have one yet. By the way, a Ghaval is an Azeri or Persian frame drum–the prefered instrument of Khananda (Mugam vocalist) in Azerbaijan. Why?… Continue reading

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