22 June 2017
The Spirit of Astana today. Musicians of the festival come to the capital from all over the world
Participants in the festival of modern ethnic music The Spirit of Astana have begun to arrive in the capital, Tengrinews.kz reports. The largest music event will be held on June 23-24 in the square in front of the Baiterek monument with the support of the Astana Akimat. This year at the festival for the first time a band from Georgia Geo Train will perform.
Zurab Gagnidze, one of the founders of Geo Train, believes that it is vitally important to preserve and develop ethnic music. "Music is a mirror of the soul, a mirror of the soul of the people." If people lose their traditional music, then we can say that they will lose themselves as a nation, can you imagine Georgia without many-voiced singing? It is absolutely impossible! Ethnic music has to be developed. It will mean that the people are developing, " - he shared.
At the same time, the musician stressed that such festivals exert a strong influence on the culture of the people. "Culture is something that distinguishes us from others, especially in times of globalization, there is a danger that we will all become exactly the same." These festivals precisely carry out such a task that, on the one hand, we do not lose our face, an on the other hand we become contemporary, this is very important work," - Zurab Gagnidze said.
As Edil Khussainov, the famous Kazakhstani ethnographer who will come up on the stage of The Spirit of Astana together with the band Satzhan Project, noted that the festival is of great importance for the country from the point of view of the development of ethnic music. "This kind of music is very little promoted, it is rarely shown on television, that's why The Spirit of Astana plays a special role here," says the musician. "The most important thing is that people come to the festival. This is the only way they can feel the soul of this music. I think that after such events people change, they look at themselves, their history in a different way, they understand who they are and what country they live in. I myself know it."According to him, The Spirit of Astana will also give the guests of the capital to understand that Kazakhstan is a modern and intellectual country.
Edil Khussainov himself has mastered several ancient Kazakh instruments - zhetygen, sybyzgy, saz-syrnai, kamys-syrnai, kaursin-syrnai, shan-kobyz. He is also known in Europe and the USA. In 2005, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, in 2006 gave a recital in Tokyo, and in 2015 performed at the EXPO in Milan.
“The Spirit of Astana will present a unique line-up of musicians, which the organizers specially prepared for the audience in the capital. There will be our “old guys “ who have performed at The Spirit of Tengri in Almaty, but with new programs as well as bands that will come to Kazakhstan for the first time. The program is exciting and powerful. I think the capital will welcome our work,” – said earlier Zhan Kasteev, the general producer of The Spirit of Tengri festival and the radio stations Zhyldyz FM and Tengri FM.
In total, 14 music groups will perform their music on the stage of the festival: Geo Train (Georgia); DJ Carmen Rizzo (USA); Huun Huur Tu (Tuva); Namgar (Buryatia); Ljubojna (Macedonia); Motiva Zenekar (Hungary); Argymak (Bashkortostan); Inna Zhelannaya (Russia); Tamikrest (Mali); Steppe Scape (Tuva / Buryatia / Germany); Edil Khussainov and Satzhan Project (Kazakhstan); Almaty drums (Kazakhstan); Tigrahaud (Kazakhstan): DJ Nariman Issenov, DJ Roman Bazhanov, DJ Rustam Ospanov, DJ Arsen SuperFly (Kazakhstan). With the support of Tez Tour, international tour operator.
The stage is arranged in such a way that the concert will be seen from any point of the square. At the same there will be large LED screens installed on the sides of the stage, so that the audience could not miss a single element of the upcoming show. The admission is free.
On May 20 and 21, the fifth, anniversary festival of ethnic culture The Spirit of Tengri was held under the sky of Almaty. The festival of music united under its roof hundreds of ethno-bands from more than 30 countries and regions of the world. The Spirit of Tengri Festival is a multicultural project aimed at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries of the world on the Kazakh land. The project is established by the national radio station Tengri FM. The general partner of the project supermarket chain Magnum Cash & Carry.