Eastern Voices

NDR Bigband & Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra
live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück

Catalog number 21070

Works by Daniel Schnyder and Nader Mashayekhi &
arrangements of Wolf Kerschek
Kinan Azmeh (clarinet)
Ibrahim Keivo (voice)
Moslem Rahal (ney)
Perhat Khaliq (voice)
Frederik Köster (trumpet)
special guest: Rony Barrak (darbouka)
conducted by: Hermann Bäumer & Wolf Kerschek

The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück has dedicated itself since 2005 to the fascinating music of the Near East. It regards itself as a co-working space for musicians from various cultures. In 2010 a very special summit meeting took place: The NDR Bigband from Hamburg and the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra met amazing soloists from Syria, Lebanon and the autonomous region of Xinjiang in northwest China. It was also the first time that this legendary Bigband had worked together with a symphony orchestra. Daniel Schnyder arranged some of his works especially for this event. Wolf Kerschek transcribed two songs from the repertoire of Ibrahim Keivo, an exceptional singer from the region Al Jazira in northeaster Syria.
Nader Mashayeki’s 'moulAnA' for Orchestra and improvising soloists was originally written for a traditional Persian singer and orchestra. Here the role of the singer was taken on by the young jazz trumpeter Frederik Köster. 'moulAnA' ends this recording as a ‘postlude’.

A Co-production of Dreyer.Gaido Musikproduktionen and Norddeutscher Rundfunk



Alim & Fargana Qasimov, Yulduz Turdieva
Ibrahim Keivo, Ayshemgul Memet, Salar Aghili

catalog number 21069

"A listening experience unlike any you have had before." (Fanfare magazine, US)

In 2010 Dreyer.Gaido Musikproduktionen started the new series EASTERN VOICES. The series is featuring outstanding musicians from the Middle East and Central Asia. Recordings with Alim Qasimov, Yulduz Turdieva and Ibrahim Keivo received an outstanding echo between the US and Australia. The compilation "Eastern Voices" presents highlights of the first productions. A vocal culture that is "spellbinding" (FRoots), also for lovers of classical music.


Ayshemgul Memet
The female voice of Uyghur muqam and folk songs

Catalog number 21067

Being one of the oldest cultures of Central Asia, Uyghur music has its special place among the Turkic nations of the mysterious Silk Road. Muqams, folksongs, religious songs are transmitted orally from generation to generation and have influenced (as well having been influenced by) different cultures around the area.
The Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group who live in North-Western China, in the region of Xinjiang which means New Territory in Chinese. The Uyghurs are Muslims (Sunnites) but Shamanism, Buddhism and Manichaeism has had a marked influence on their culture. Belonging to Central Asia (although always forgotten to be mentioned as a part of Central Asia), Uyghurs share similar linguistic and cultural heritages with other Turkic nations such as Uzbeks, Kazakh and Kyrgyz.
Xinjiang is a mountainous and barren area with oases full of life. The old Silk Road attracted thousands of adventurers and tradesmen. Many traditional songs have swayed along the endless sandy tracks on journeys.
Music is an important part of Uyghur culture and Uyghur identity. From very early times Uyghur music has been mentioned in Chinese historical sources as a highly developed art. Uyghur music from the far west was considered by Chinese royal ensembles to be the most inspiring. Some musical instruments even traveled to the Tang dynasty and have been adopted in Chinese music. After its islamization, Uyghur music adopted the great tradition of Muqam (Maqâm, Mugham) and created a powerful musical heritage.

I was 13 years old when I heard a Muqam for the first time. It was a short fragment from muqam Panjigah. The beauty of this music magnetized me. I knew that muqam was my destiny.” Ayshemgul Memet

Ayshemgul Memet, vocals
Shohrat Tursun, tambur
Ilyar Ayup, percussion


Salman Gambaraov & Bakustic Jazz
Live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück

Catalog number 21063

Salman Gambarov, piano

Emil Hasanov, bass

Vagif Aliyev, drums

Mirjavad Jafarov, oud & tar

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is a fascinating musical metropolis: traditional mugham, symphonic music (the first conservatory in the Soviet Republic was built here) and a lively jazz scene have made the city a musical epicentre in the Caucasus. One of the most important exponents on the jazz scene is the pianist Salman Gambarow. Together with the ensemble Bakustic Jazz, which he founded in 1996, he gave a highly acclaimed concert in 2009 at the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück which is now available on this fantastic CD.
“… Gambarow, Hasanov and Aliyev celebrate the high art of trio playing with the aesthetics of a Keith Jarrett. However, the third piece makes it clear that these musicians are not from the USA, but from Baku: a fourth person joins them on stage, Mirjavad Jafarov, who adds the oriental colours of the string instruments Tar and Oud to the jazz idiom. What is sometimes tried out as a spontaneous ‘musical happening’ is something which is here part and parcel of the band’s structure and is therefore taken totally for granted. And so something really special happens: two completely different musical worlds merge. … high-energy jazz at its best.”
Martina Binnig in Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung


Yulduz Turdieva
The rising star of the East

Catalog number 21061

This CD presents several distinct facets of the professional music of Inner Asia: the Uzbek tradition (in its two aspects, classical and popular) and the learned Persian and Azerbaijan tradition. However, far from being merely a patchwork of brilliant performances, this program is providing a unity by an outstanding singer, a unique case in modern times of an artist who, despite her young age, masters several musical idioms and classical styles, which are commonly considered so difficult that it would take half a lifetime to master them.
Although there are many brilliant singers in Uzbekistan, Yulduz stands out because of her exceptional musical qualities and her adaptability to diverse classical genres. Her communicative passion, her natural joy of singing have enabled her to free herself of the academic structures within which other Uzbek stars - who have also gained fame on the international scene - are stubbornly confined. Her artistic instinct, her radiating presence, her charm and human qualities all combine to designate her as a diva predestined for worldwide stardom.
Jean During

Yulduz Turdieva, vocals
Ulugbek Temirov, doyra
Qahramon Boltaev, tar & rubob
Abduvohid Mirza-Ahmedov, gijjak & violon

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