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Rhythms of Uzbekistan
  • Rhythms of Uzbekistan
  • Featuring Shod & Lyazgi
  • Friday 24 August 2007 - 7.30pm (on stage 8.00pm)
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • € 28/25 concs

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The Republic of Uzbekistan is situated in the heart of Central Asia with Kazakhstan to the north, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to the south and to the east by the majestic mountains of Krygyzstan, Tajikistan.

Hailing from a Turkic-Mongol ancestry with Persian and Indian influences, Uzbekistan is steeped in a diverse, rich and mysterious nomadic culture, hailing from a Moghul dynasty that blended Central Asian Islamic cultures with north Indian Hindu traditions. The cross pollination of these Central Asian and Indian traditions flowered in a court culture remarkable for music, dance, and poetry.

For the Festival of World Cultures the Guli Bonu Producer Center is presenting three exceptional performing groups, Shod, Lyazgi and Karen Gafurdjanov, for a festival of national music and culture from Uzbekistan. The thirty five member cast of musicians and dancers will present ‘A Wedding in Khorezm’ a golden collection of vocal-choreographic compositions that brightly resemble the best national traditions of weddings and its ceremonies.

The State Vocal Choreographic Ensemble Lyazgi was originally formed in 1957. With a repertoire of folk, traditional, classical and modern songs and dances the group are the finest exponents of regional styles. Having toured worldwide they are renowned throughout the whole of Asia for their vivid expressiveness and exquisite costumes.

Formed in 1991, the State Music Troupe Shod perform a repertoire of traditional instrumental Uzbek music characterized by reedy, haunting instruments and throaty, nasal singing, played on ancient long-necked lutes, flutes, tambourines, small drums and karnays. The most distinguished of them all, the karnay, a mouthpiece brass wind instrument is used across the whole of Uzbekistan to herald celebrations and entertainment.

Karen Gafurdjanov will perform on the main stage on Saturday 25th.
*Limited concessions available, early booking advised.