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.  

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.