Land of Traders and Legends

Various Artists

Samarkand & Beyond, Music of Central Asia (ARC Music, 2007)

Samarkand is located on the legendary Silk Road and has been a place where various cultures met and interacted. This CD is a great introduction to the music and instruments of the area.

Several Uzbek musical styles are featured, ranging from ensemble pieces to virtuoso solos. Some of the instruments are familiar like the ney, spiked fiddles, qanun and ud. Others sound new and intriguing, such as the eerie qo’shnay (double reed). The artists featured are Dilnura, Mashriq and Abror Zufarov.

The thick booklet describes in various languages the musical instruments used and provides information about the performers. It even includes photos of instrument makers in Samarkand.  

Buy Samarkand & Beyond.