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.


3 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...