Aldaspan


Aldaspan 

 


Kazakhstan


Aldaspan is a Kazakh name for a large double-edged falchion-like saber that combined the weight and power of an axe with the versatility of a sword and was used to combat heavily armored knights. The band's music is, likewise, a hard and sometimes even heavy ethno-rock based on a powerfully-sounding electric dombra that is the band's trademark. The bands arrangements make the similarities in rhythmic and melodic patters of rock and Kazakh folk songs stand out especially clearly.

Aldaspan turns ethnic traditional or original songs into ethnic rock ballads.
Aldaspan band uses a combination of three electric dombras (Kazakh two-stringed lute-like instrument) and one bass dombra. The musicians invented and designed the contemporary version of the instruments themselves.

Aldaspan was the first and only band in the world that played electric dombras (rhythm, solo and bass) instead of guitars. Nurzhan Toishy, the band’s frontman authored the idea of creating the contemporary version of the Kazakh national instrument. He initially came up with it at the age of 15, but it was impossible to make the instruments back then. So he came back to his idea in 2009, and in 2010, with some help from acoustic dombra makers of Almaty he made his first electric dombra, but it was not good enough to be placed in a concert. So he went to Moscow and ordered the making of this instrument there. He got a solo dombra, a rhythm dombra and a bass dombra from Moscow in February 2011. He gathered the band in April 2011 and in May 2011 they released their first English-language album Attila.

 

In 2014, the founder of Aldapasn band Nurzhan Toishy came up with an idea of electro-jetygen, a seven stringed instrument based on traditional jetygen. The ancient seven-stringed jetygen was revamped into a whole new instrument by the musician.

 

  Aldaspan, Zhol (official video), 2014

  Aldaspan - Space | Specially for The Spirit of Tengri 2013

 

 

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