Summer 2002 (10.2)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival - July 2002
This summer in Washington, D.C., eight
Azerbaijani musicians will have the opportunity to perform at
the internationally known Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which
typically draws more than 1 million visitors each year.
Above: Azerbaijani performers at this summer's
Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. Top right (l-r):
tar player Elchin Hashimov, singer Niyamaddin Babayev, singer
Leyla Rahimova and kamancha player Elnur Ahmadov.
This year, the Festival will take place June 26-30 and July 3-7,
and is based on the theme of "The Silk Road: Connecting
Cultures, Creating Trust." The outdoor exhibition is designed
to educate the public about diverse cultural traditions and will
feature music, crafts, culinary and narrative traditions involved
in the historical cultural interchange between the East and the
The performers of traditional music representing the Republic
of Azerbaijan will include a group organized by Elshan Mansurov
specifically for the Festival, with Elchin Hashimov on tar, Elnur
Ahmadov on kamancha, and Leyla Rahimova and Niyamaddin Babayev
Both Leyla and Niyamaddin are 14 years old and study mugham (traditional
modal form of music) at the Bulbul School in Baku. The group
will perform mughams, tasnifs, national songs and rhythmic mughams
such as "Mansuriyya". Saz player Adalat Nasibov and
garmon player Aydin Aliyev, also from Azerbaijan, will be featured
as solo performers.
Two Azerbaijani musicians from Iran will also appear on stage:
balaban player Akbar Mashallah and Ashug Iskandari. [For more
about these two musicians, see "Azerbaijani
Ashugs Perform in Europe" in AI 10.1 (Spring 2002).
SEARCH at AZER.com.]
Left: Garmon player Aydin Aliyev. Right: Saz player Adalat Nasibov.
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