Aga Khan Music Initiative
Among the traditional arts of Central Asia, music occupies a unique place, for it has been at once a means of expressing social identity, preserving spiritual practices and beliefs.
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Music and musicians have historically played a vital role in the cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East. Music traditionally has served not only as entertainment, but as a way to reinforce social and moral values.
Musicians have provided models of exemplary leadership, whether by bringing listeners closer to God, sustaining cultural memory through epic tales, or strengthening the bonds of community through festivity and celebration.
The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) was created by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2000 to support the efforts of Central Asian musicians and communities to sustain, further develop and transmit these important musical traditions. Find out more
SOAS: Musical Geographies of Central Asia
About the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Supporting Tradition Bearers
International Performance & Outreach
Documentation and Dissemination
Music of Central Asia CD/DVD Series
Press Releases, Podcasts, Vimeo Site
Publications and Song Extracts
Wu Man and Master Musicians from Silk Route
Alim and Fargana Qasimov
The Invisible Face of the Beloved
Concert Collaborations with the Kronos Quartet
Collaboration with the Silk Road Project
Smithsonian Folkways CD/DVD Anthology
9 April, Soriana, Cully Jazz (Cully, Switzerland)
17 April, Ghulam Hussein Ensemble, Traditional Music from Afghanistan - Kadem Festival (Ankara, Turkey)
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