Archive for July 1st, 2007

   “Alem-art” is the first Republic music TV contest among young traditional singers and kui performers on new level for Kazakhstan. The main goal of the project is to support interest of youth to traditional Kazakh music. Moreover, “alem art” will give opportunity for young talented musicians to show their endowments to the whole Kazakhstan. The general sponsor of this real patriotic contest is bank “Turan Alem”. www.alemart.kz     

          It is similar to TV project “Superstar KZ”. Famous jury members chose only best musicians from all regions of our country. Chosen 12 contestants will live in house together and prepare to concerts with famous musicians and stylists. At the end on TV project people will chose only one contestant through voting with sms and calls.  But the differences are “alem art” is in Kazakh language and there performed only folk songs with traditional kuis. It is time to choose real talented performers of traditional music!  


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       Last week in Kazakhkoncert it was presentation of magazine “dombyra”. It was first magazine which has direction of kazakh traditional music and dombyra. http://www.inform.kz/showarticle.php?lang=kaz&id=182342It is written in 3 languages: Kazakh, Russian and English, that’s why this magazine should be popular among wide audience. In each magazine your can find courses of playing dombyra for beginners. According to the redactor and founder of magazine Zhasaral Ensepov, who is famous musician and composer, this magazine will be introductory book about Kazakh traditional music, its past, present and future recommended for all people. Magazine will publicize not only about Kazakh traditional music, but also about last news in modern music and world’s tendency of music. http://www.almaty.tv/?uin=1140584522&chapter=1182762292

        When I was in this presentation, I noticed all famous musicians of our traditional music as Azidolla Eskaliev, Karshiga Akhmedyarov, Serzhan Shakiratov, Karima Saharbayeva, Edil Kusainov etc. First part of presentation was answers to questions of journalists and wishes of famous musicologists. Most of them asked about content of magazine and its authors, others thanks the author Zhasaral Ensepov and wished him energy, new interesting projects and prosperity to “Dombyra”. Second part was a concert of young but famous stars of Kazakhstan Estrada.  They performed traditional music with new arrangements on traditional instruments as dombyra, kobyz, zhetigen, shankobyz. The most interesting was performance of Asylbek Ensepov with new electro-acoustic dombyra. It was unusual to hear traditional music in different sound and interpretation. Sometimes the sound of dombyra was similar to electro guitar; sometimes to saxophone.. How people will judge this new sound of dombyra,  time will show in the future… But we wish only prosperity to this new magazine “dombyra” and new electro dombyra.

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      When the art of kui had been strengthened, the traditional schools were formed in Kazakh region according to geographical, historical and cultural factors. From the geographical point of view and traditional similarities they are divided into several cultural areas. According to this traditional schools are in following territories : West, Arka and Zhetisu. Such kind of dividing are because of art of kui is divided into two big traditions according to http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0385-2342(1994)53:1%3C97:FAFIK%3E2.0.CO;2-T. In performance style they are called tokpe and shertpe. In tokpe tradition are performed music of West region which  are strong and burst in Arka. In tokpe tradition are peformed music of west region which are strong  , The term “tokpe” came out from the word  “togu” (to spill).,i.e to play with enormous power.   Shertpe is belong to Arka(central, northern, eastern Kazakhstan regions), Zhetisu, Southern or Karatau regions’ schools. The kuis of this tradition are calm in stress and full of mystery ideas and deep thoughts.  http://www.homestead.com/prosites-kazakhembus/zhaimov.html     

       Nation instrumental traditions in different regions of Kazakhstan historically developed like performance school, as a rule it is connected with favourite creative personality. It won’t be overstatement to say , that every well-known figure , gifted musician can be the head of the whole stream, direction or a new schools as it had done Kurmangazi, Tattimbet, Kazangap, Dauletkerei, Sugir. There are 8 dombyra traditional schools:

    First, it is school of Kurmangazi(grandfather of kui) and his follower(grandmother of kui). This is tradition of western Kazakhstan. Creative work of Kurmangazi presents obvious features of innovation and style of Western Kazakhstan traditional kui tokpe. His famous kuis as “Aman bol sheshem aman bol”, “Kairan sheshem”, “Kisen ashkan” and others have autobiographical character. Kuis “Saryarka”, “Adai”, “Balbiraun” reflected powerful movement of collective life and soul of people; they became musical symbols of Kazakhstan. The main pecularity of kuis of Kurmangazi are energy, dynamics and powerful gust.(www.peoples.ru/art/music/national/sagyrbaev)

Dina Nurpeisova is kuishi, who combined the tradition of 19-20th centuries on her

 creative work, dynamism of Kurmangazi school, philosophic and aristocratic traditions of Dauletkerei. Her popular kuis are “Asem konyr”, “Bulbul”, “Zhiger”.        Second shool is connected with the name of kuishi Dauletkerei. He made great contribution to Kazakh instrumental music. And his kuis called “tore kuis” among people, because they philosophically concentrated and deep on thoughts. (www.asylmura.kz)    

    Third school is founded by Kazangap. His legacy in a great volume takes great stand in Kazakh classical instrumental music of 19, th 20th centuries. It is considered

 that exactly Kazangap performed all sixty-two “Akzhelens”. Akzhelen  is a designation of instrumental piece of genre.   

    Fourth School is devoted to original instrumental tradition of Western Kazakhstan, tradition of Mangistau. It is characterized by high level of instrumentalism development and considerable peforming and creative pecularity. Names of Mangistau composers Abyl, Esbai, Esir, Kulshar, Oskenbai and Murat Uskenbayev are well-known to the world of Kazakh instrumental music. 

     Fifth school is the tradition of Arka. Arka is large region in the centre of Kazakhstan. A central figure of instrumental tradition of Arka is Tattimbet. A legendary appearance of him is founded not only due to several dozens of his brilliant kuis, but also traditions and original historical information. Lyrical music of Tattimbet kuis generalizes at high levels human emotions and spiritual experience. His kuis “Kosbasar”, “Sari Zhailau”, “Bilkildak”, “Silkildak”, “Bestore” took natural place of classic of Kazakh musical culture.  

     Sixth school is Eastern Kazakhstan. Instrumental tradition of Eastern Kazakhstan is broad and little studied in musical relation region is reach and varied. The form and structure of this region’s kuis reflect an ancient basis of musical creature a sound system of natural structure. We can say that Baizhigit’s school of kui is leader among kuishies in the East Kazakhstan. There are a lot of old tunes in his kuis.

         Seventh school is devoted to an instrumental tradition of Zhetisu. For this tradition absolutely represents an interesting and rich regional instrumental style, it has not yet got a proper fame and recognition. The tradition of Zhetisu is closely connected with the tradition of Eastern Kazakhstan and culture of Kazakhs, who live in China and Mongolia.     

     The eighth school is instrumental tradition of Karatau region. This instrumental tradition shertpe, without doubt, successfully connected with the tradition of Arka, heritage of Tattimbet, Toka and Dairabai. According to site http://dombradukazakhstan.calabashmusic.com/ a central figure of this tradition is Sugur, brilliant musician, who left a deep trace in the history of Kazakh instrumental tradition.   

   In conclusion, each of these traditional schools is like big, unreachable ocean where a great musical heritage is.       



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