Monday, 6 June 2016

Ari Babakhanov - Shashmaqam of Bukhara - Cassette from Uzbekistan


Ari Babakhanov (born 1934) is a wellknown renewer of the old Shashmaqam of Bukhara. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Babakhanov
See also our last post containing recordings by his grandfather and his father: http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.de/2016/05/buxarskie-klassiki-classical-music-of.html
In 1998, RASA in Utrecht, Holland, organized a tour by the ensemble and I still remember very vividley, how I accompanied the tour with a CD desk and was taken by the music with each of the 5 or 6 concerts more and more and how sad I was at their last concert that the tour was finished. This is a music one has to grow into and the more one does the more rewarding it becomes.
The same year 1998 the ensemble also went in Holland into a studio and recorded a magnificent CD:


The CD is available at: info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com
I bought this cassette from the musicians at a more recent concert, maybe about 10 or a little more years ago, also in RASA.


5 comments:

AmbroseBierce said...

Thank you so much for this, Tawfiq. I saw Ari Babakhanov with many of his students at rudolstadt festival some years ago. That time he was based at Leipzig on a German Academic Exchange Service stipend to put down his Shashmaqam tradition in writing. He might still be busy with that...

Tawfiq said...

Thanks. Ari immigrated to Germany many years ago, I think in 2002, and still lives there. His transcription of the Shashmaqam was published as a book with 2 CDs in 2010. It can be obtained from info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com
I have a recording of the concert in Rudolstadt in 2008.

AmbroseBierce said...

Thanks for the info, Tawfiq. Is that Rudolstadt concert 8 years ago already? It's still fresh on my mind. I bought a couple of CDs of his students that time, and I too have an audience recording of the concert done by a friend of mine. Maybe it's the same one? If you have a soundboard recording, I'd love to swap...

David Wyatt said...

Does anyone know who the lady singing the last piece on this tape is?? (She's presumably also the lady on the cover!)

Tawfiq said...

Do you have the CD? Probably it is one of the ladys singing also on the CD.