20 June 2018

There only 2 days left before the starts of Nomad Way 2018. Witness the birth of a new Kazakh ethno-music

BaBa ZuLa


Already this Friday, June 22, the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 opens in Astana. The organizers have announced the names of six more collectivesbands and performers who will rise on the stage of the amphitheater: Radik Tyulush & Chalama (Tuva), BaBa Zula (Turkey), Gulzada (Kyrgyzstan), Bolot Bairyshev & Belukha Jam (Altai), trio Ayarkhaan (Yakutia), and Yedil Khussainov in collaboration with Satzhan project (Kazakhstan), reports.

The International Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a part of 20th anniversary celebration the capital of the country - Astana. The official water of the Festival is ARZU.

The second day of the Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way will be opened by the legendary Tuvan musician, master of throat singing Radik Tyulush with his project Chalama and accompanied by bass player Sergei Kalachev and percussionist Gennady Lavrentiev who plays tabla, the Indian drums.

Radik Tyulush is a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and master of traditional Tuvan throat singing. Founder and member of band Uer, Ex-lead singer of Yat-Ha (2000-2004) and lead vocalist in band Huun-Huur-Tu (2006 - present). In 2005, he released his first solo album "Tuva: Spirits of my Land" in collaboration with Kerol Peg, an ethno-musicologist from Cambridge University. In 2012, Radik recorded the second solo album "Chalama". Radik Tyulush has been an annual participant of the The Spirit of Tengri since 2014.


"If you are in Astana from June 22 to June 24, be sure to visit the embankment of the Esil River to watch and participate in the Nomad Way festival "Path of the nomads". We will open the second day of the Festival with  Chalama project," the percussionist Gennady Lavrentiev said.

The famous Turkish band BaBa ZuLa, beloved by the Kazakh public, will take part in the Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way for the second time. BaBa ZuLa is a psychedelic rock of the 60s and 70s, reggae, dub and numerous other musical genres as well as the dazzling sound of baglama and the Darbuk drum. BaBa Zula's music can be compared with meditation, the whirlings of Turkish dervishes, who are immersed entirely in a special state, and the audience is drawn into this meditative process.


Each performance of the band is a real ceremony. Their shows are a mixture of music, dance and poetry. The Turkish have performed at such large venues as the Venice Biennale, as well as festivals Roskilde in Denmark, the USA, Germany and the Netherlands. They will close the second day of the Festival. "Hello, Nomad Way, Kazakhstan, We are BaBa ZuLa,and we are coming to you straight from Turkey! From June 22 to June 24 we meet in Astana in the amphitheater on the embankment of the Esil River! Do not miss! Hurray, Kazakhstan!" the band members said in a video message to the people of Kazakhstan.


Kyrgyz music culture at the Nomad Way Festival is represented by singer Gulzada for the second year in a row. In her music Gulzada Ryskulova lies on various genres and styles mixed with Kyrgyz traditions. and easily adapts rock, jazz and electronics to folk music. Gulzada Ryskulova is a bright representative of the national culture of Kyrgyzstan. She often performs at the most significant cultural events in the country.

"Salam, Kazakhstan, I am Gulzada Ryskulova from Kyrgyzstan, I am taking part in the International Festival Nomad Way, which is held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on June 22-24. I invite all music lovers to the embankment of the Esil river. I really like the city.See you soon, my friends! " the Kyrgyz singer, whose performance will take place on the first day of the Festival, greeted the future guests of the Festival.


The next participant is Belukha Jam band, who is to open the third day of the festival. The Altai band will perform together with Bolot Bairyshev.

Bolot Bairyshev is an honored artist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Altai, a master of traditional Altai throat singing - kai. He also skillfully plays all the national instruments - komus, topshur, shoor and others. The artist has taken part in numerous Festivals and music projects in France, Austria, Hungary, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Norway and many other countries.


Members of the band Belukha Jam: Alexey Chichakov (Altai Republic) - throat singing, electric guitar; Evgeny Kulik (Barnaul) - drums, percussion; Dmitry Vorotnikov (Barnaul) - bass guitar. a fusion of traditions and technical breakthoughs. This is the sound of traditional Altai throat singing - "kai" in modern arrangement. A rich musical palette shimmering with the sounds of ocarina, the flow of flutes and the rhythms of the guimbarde ... The voice of nature, the sound of traditions, reinforced by the pressure of the modern world. A rich musical palette, shimmering with the sounds of ocarins, the viscousness of flutes, the rhythms of the harp, the voice of nature, the sound of traditions, reinforced by the pressure of modernity - these are all epithets for the creation of the Altai band.

"Hello everybody, my name is Alexey Chichakov, Belukha Jam, Altai Republic I want to invite everyone to the International Festival of Ethnic Music Nomad Way, which will be held in Astana in the amphitheater on the Esil River embankment from June 22 to June 24. Come, we will be looking forward to seeing you! " the leader of the Altai band said.


Yakut group "Ayarkhaan" will perform at the Festival together with Kazakhstani DJ Nariman Issenov on the third day -  Sunday, June 24.

Ayarkhaan's music goes beyond the boundaries of well-known genres and categories. Best of all, it can be described as a mystical act. Using only their own voices and khomus, Yakut girls imitate the sounds of nature. Some songs sound as if they were created in an electronic music studio.

The band was created in 2002 by musician and teacher Albina Degtyareva, who brought up over the years of creativity more than one generation of the best Yakut khomusists. Her signature style of playing the khomus (the istrument of shamans), 15 years ago considered as avant-garde, has already become a classic of the Yakut khomus. Today it is impossible to imagine the sound of this instrument without techniques invented by Albina Degtyareva.

According to the definition of the famous music critic Artemy Troitsky, Ayarkhaan is a phenomenal Yakut female trio performing an animalistic "zuromorphic" trans-punk on khomus. The sounding of "Ayarkhaan" is also described as: "Hurricane of sounds produced by Yakut khomuses, replaces a cello, saxophone, electric guitar and at least a third of a symphony orchestra - what a level of skill!" The band has traveled around many countries, became the laureate and headliner of major international competitions and festivals of ethnic and live music: Australia, England, USA, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Holland, Norway . The trio has performed at such prestigious world venues as Royal Albert Hall, Copenhagen concert hall, and in the program of events such as BBC Proms, WOMEX, WOMAD.

"Salam, Astana, my name is Albina Degtyareva, I am the leader of the ethno-group Ayarkhaan from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). We are travelling around the world and presenting to the audience the cosmic sound of the Yakut instrument khomus.On June 22-24 we will be guests of the Nomad Way Festival in Astana, we will play together with  DJ Nariman Issenov. Come to our show in the amphitheater on the embankment of the Esil river. It will be really exciting!" the singer said.


Kazakhstan's master of throat singing Yedil Khussainov will perform together with Satzhan project. Yedil Khussainov not only skillfully plays ancient Kazakh folk instruments, but also has a unique kind of vocal - throat singing. The musician is a participant of many international festivals in Europe, the USA and countries of Asia. Performances of the artist are held at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), UNESCO Hall (Paris). Yedil Khussainov’s music is a synthesis of ancient and modern. He recreates and connects in the musical images the era of the ancestors of the Kazakhs - Saks, Huns, Turks.


The Satzhan project was formed by a talented and promising composer, arranger and pianist Satzhan Shamenov in 2011. The young musician gathered around him such academic musicians as Kanat Omarov (saxophone), Nurbolsyn Toleuhan (trombone), Alexander Fisher (guitar), Ulan Akhmetov (bass), Marat Ahmedjanov (drums), Gulnara Koshenova (vocal), Aseli Rakhimzhan (kobyz), Aigerim Karsakbaeva (kyl-kobyz) and Almaz Sharipov (drums).

The Satzhan project group is a synthesis of folklore genre with popular and jazz music. The collective actively participates in many Kazakhstan festivals and concerts. In particular, the performances of the project were remembered by guests of ethno-festivals The Spirit of Tengri and The Spirit of Astana in 2017. The group represents the country on the best stages of the world. They gave a concert at the World EXPO 2015 in Milan, as well as at the 5th Dushanbe Ethno-Jazz Festival Fusion Jazz Music (Tajikistan).

"Dear friends, International Ethno-Festival Nomad Way will be held in Astana from June 22 to 24. Become a witness of the birth of a new Kazakh ethno-music!" Yedil Khussainov said.

The venue of the Nomad Way 2018 is the amphitheater on the Esil River embankment. You can reach it bus routes N0 18, 28, 32, 37, 44, 52 and 127. The nearest stop is Saltanat Saray. This year, Astana residents and guests of the capital should expect three unforgettable concert days (June 22-24). The festival will feature 19 unique bands from 20 countries representing the musical culture of the Turkic and fraternal peoples. The beginning of the concerts is at 17:00. Free entrance.

Among the participants of this year there are performers in the genre ethno-world from Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia and the USA. Earlier it became known that at the Nomad Way 2018 festival the Tuvan group Huun Huur Tu will perform together with the American DJ Carmen Rizzo, the Svjata Vatra band (Ukraine, Estonia), performer Islam Satyrov (Stavropol Territory, Russia), Tilla Török Band Hungary), the performer of throat singing Chyltys Tannagasheva (Gornaya Shoriya), as well as the Bashkir bands "Argymak" and Zaman.

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. Its purpose is to introduce the heritage of the peoples of the Great Steppe and the whole world, uniting the most iconic representatives of contemporary ethnic musical art on the Kazakhstani land. The project was established by the National Kazakhstan Radio Tengri FM in 2012. Musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.

Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


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