23 June 2018

Nomad Way 2018: Musical journey through Eurasia goes on

Russian version

23.35 This is the end of day 2 of the grand festival Nomad Way. See you tomorrow!  


23.30 "It is very important for us that people listen to music and throught this learn a different culture. Every time we come here, look at the sky and the clouds and feel special. We love Kazakhstan very much, because we are like brothers and sisters, this Festival unites our souls ",  the member of  Baba Zula Levent Akman said after the performance.


"Every year the Festival is getting better and better, and so are the musicians who perform here," Murat Ertel added.


22.36 Turkish musicians are rocking the audience with oriental hypnotizing tunes.


22.30 "We are very happy to be in Astana for the second year in a row. The Kazakhstani land always welcomes us warmly and hospitably. There are al lot of positive emotions from the organization, the sound, the light, the people - we feel them, we see them, we hear them. We are happy artists", Yelena Muftahina, the vocalist of Zaman group, shared her emotions.


According to the founder of the band, Radmir Muftakhin, the artists enjoyed being not just performed, but also listeners because they heard bright and diverse performers of their favorite music genre on one stage.


"What we see here, and we travel a lot, I can say for sure that the Festival is close to the ideal by the level of organization. The multi-genre of our music is a symbol of the fact that the whole world is one, all people are brothers and sisters. We enjoyed watching other groups play and have great respect for them. And I believe, this is the sense of such festivals," he admitted.

22.19 Baba Zula takes part in the festival for the second time. Psychedelic rock of the 60-70s, reggae, dub played by the band have been liked by the audience of Nomad Way in 2017. Dazzling sound of baglama and the darbuk drum - all these are Baba Zula! Each of their performances is a true ritual and meditation.


22.05 The famous Turkish band Baba Zula is getting ready to come up on the stage.


 21.48  ZAMAN band are laureates of the European music contest SUNS Europe (Italy) and the winners of the TV music contest "Turkvision -2014"!


21.19 "We are very happy to be here today to perform at the Nomad Way. Today we have received a lot of emotions, very positive vibe from the public and tried to share all this with the audience. For us, the coming to Kazakhstan is always meeting hospitable people, the highest level organization. We will definitely come again, "- the founder of SHONO group, Alexander Arkhincheyev, shared after the performance.


Speaking of the venue of the Astana Amphitheater, Alexander noted that the scene chosen  was very cozy and comfortable.


21.10 Ethno-project Zaman from Bashkortostan is performing on the Nomad Way stage. In Turkic language "ZAMAN" means "time", "age". The band was founded in Moscow in 2014 by guitarist and producer Radmir Muftakhin. The band's repertoire includes original songs and contemporary arrangements of Bashkir folk songs. The band's main objective is preserving Bashkir national traditions through the synthesis of folklore and contemporary music.


20.43 "Amazing quality, everything at the highest level." Last year we were at a concert in ethnoaul and had a party for all our family. We are speechless describing our emotions. It is a real live music. Last year I really liked Radik Tyulush, who was with the Huun-Huur -Tu band. I have been looking forward to his show this time. He's simply cosmic!"  Ainur from the audience shared her impressions.


20.15 The stage of the Nomad Way for the second time welcomes a fiery band from Buryatia - Shono. The name of the band means "wolf" in Buryat. This very animal is a totem of one of the Buryat clans.


The founder of the band Alexander Arkhincheyev sings, using both the regular vocal technique and throat singing. Moreover, Alexander plays  various ethnic musical instruments: string moriin-huur, sukha-huur and wind limbe.


20.09 "I often come to Kazakhstan, and I always like it here, but I'm here for the first time as a solo artist in such a large venue. For us, Nomad Way is as a starting point. I very much hope that I could inflame the audience. We have done our best and we were a little nervous, to be honest. In February, I released Zaman's first album. In fact, has been a presentation for the new album, we were singing about the main things - love for our people, honoring the senior, love for the culture and the history. In some songs, we combine folk with pop culture, which is now very difficult to compete with. But there are also 100% ethnic songs," Islam Satyrov shared after the performance.


His has modified his dombra. To make it more resistant for long performances, the performer replaced some wooden frets with metal ones and equipped it with an electronic sensor. As a result, the sound of the instrument has changed having acquired a plunk and depth.


"This is also an example of our synthesis of ethnic and modern music," he added.

19.30 Khoomei Beat - a music band from Tuva have come up on the stage. The new generation of Tuvan musicians - the Khoomei Beat band - are going to perform for the first time at the Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way. The musicians mix expressive rock with a bit of casualness of pop music in a very elegant way. Khoomei Beat is a group of young musicians who are going to contribute to the promotion and, most importantly,  the development of Tuvan throat singing in accordance with world trends.

Members of the band: Ayhan Oorzhak, Kan-Huler Saia, Bailak Mongush, Shoran Ochur, Aizhi Adygan and Sediy Aydin. Their style can be defined as ethno-pop rock with elements of fusion.


19.16 The CEO of Alash Media Group media holding Batyr Kazybayev emphasized that the musicians supported the idea to perform songs in Kazakh.


"The musicians supported the idea to perform Kazakh songs, today and tomorrow you will have a chance to hear them. This is indeed a completely different sound of Kazakh folklore interpreted by all the richness of the nomadic culture. There will be very interesting musical experiments. The Nomad Way itself is a very interesting musical experiment. Thank you to the Ministry of Culture and Sport for supporting such experiments and attempts to popularize our nomadic music," Batyr Kazybayev said.

19.00 Meanwhile, Islam Satyrov continues to bring the public closer to the Nogai culture. His next song was song Altyn Kusym by a Nogai author.


"The author of the song was in love with the girl who lived next door, she did not love him back and so he decided to conquer her heart with a song," Satyrov said.

18.56 "The Festival and the organization are at the top level, the audience is very happy, it's easily seen. The Nomad Way is held for the second time. I think there are many more festivals ahead. People are interested because both the quality and geography of the line-up is very wide, there are band from so many countries. The secret of my connection with the way I deliver it to the audience because I always play with all my heart and I see that the audience understands me. This is the biggest tester for the artist," Radik Tyulush, the musician, shared.


18.42 The next participant of the festival is Islam Satyrov from the Stavropol Krai. This is his first performance at the Nomad Way. The musician will represent the distinctive culture of the Nogai ethnos - the ancient Turkic-speaking tribe with the richest history originating in the Golden Horde.


The work of Islam was greatly influenced by cooperation with the well-known Kazakh composer and singer Arslanbek Sultanbekov. Having mastered the dombra, Satyrov began to accompany Sultanbekov at his numerous performances and later went with him to a joint tour.


18.21 "I always watched such concerts only on TV, but I never saw them live, I really wanted to hear a live sound, it's wonderful, we all like it very much," Altynai said after Radik's next touching song.


18.00 The instrument Radik Tyulyush plays is the Mongolian bowed morin huur. The sound of it is compared with a horse neigh or with a wind blowing in the steppe in Mongolian poetry, in some compositions the sound of the instrument imitates neighing.


Since 2014, Radik has been a regular participant of the The Spirit of Tengri Festival.

17.40 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".


17.35 Host Zhassulan Kali announced the start of the second day of the Festival. Dont forget to renew the page!


17.29 At the entrance to the amphitheater  there is an exhibition of handicrafts in ethnic style.


A miniature army of Kazakh batyrs made of alloy of tin and lead. Each of them is handmade and painted in detail. And you can also register with the master and paint your own army according to your taste, for example, in the color of your favorite football team.


At the entrance to the amphitheater, a fair of handicrafts in ethnic style is opened, where the Festival guests can purchase children's clothes and toys, ornaments associated made from hypoallergic thread and wooden swords and axes for young warriors.


Kamchas from the hooves of roe deer and horns of the mountain goat, real decorated shields of leather and metal, pendants and bracelets made of stones, corals and gems. Everything is made by hand using only natural materials and the technologies of the Turkic-speaking nomadic peoples.


17.20 The performers finish the last preparations for the show. The sound is perfectly tuned, everything is ready to receive guests.


In the capital of Kazakhstan, there is a start of Day 2of the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018. Very soon the participants from different countries of the world will continue the grandiose three-day show. In the amphitheater on the embankment of the Esil River, the audience will traditional expect the high-quality live music, drive and ethnic tunes.


 International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports as a part of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Astana. The official water of the Festival is ARZU.


Today, at the open-air venue with a unique stage, the audience will have a chance to see the amazing performances of  singer Islam Sathyrov from the Stavropol Krai (Russia), the Zaman band from Bashkortostan, the Buryat group Shono, the Khoomei beat  and Radik Tyulush & Chalama group from Tuva, and a fiery Turkish band BaBa Zula .


The first day of the festival Nomad Way 2018 gave the residents of Astana performances of ethno-rock bands from Bashkortostan, Buryatia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as the Kazakhstan group ALDASPAN.

The venue of the Nomad Way 2018 is the amphitheater on the Esil River embankment. You can reach it bus routes No 18, 28, 32, 37, 44, 52 and 127. (Saltanat Saray stop, Kabanbay Avenue) as well as by routes No. 12, 17, 21, 36, 46, 50, 53, 54 и107 express (Astana Park stop, Turan Avenue).

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.

Photos are provided by the concert photo site ONParty.Me. Photographers: Gleb Terletsky and Artem Chursinov.

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