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Aga Khan Music Initiative and Montreux Jazz Foundation 2 Launch Partnership with “New Sounds from Arab Lands”
03 July 2013 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) and the Montreux Jazz Foundation 2 announced a new wide-reaching partnership that includes joint efforts to curate and present concerts, workshops, and master classes within the framework of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Music and Voices of the Silk Route Celebrate Nowruz at Portuguese Parliament
02 April 2013 - As part of a week-long programmes celebrating Nowruz, musicians from the Silk Route performing with the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) presented a specially curated concert programme in the Senate Room of the Portuguese Parliament. Nowruz marks the beginning of Spring, which is a cherished holiday in the Silk Route region. A second concert was performed at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon on the 27th of March.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Hosts Jashne Khusrau Festival in Delhi
11 February 2013 - As part of a major Urban Renewal project in the Humayun’s Tomb-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti area of Delhi, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is hosting the Jashne Khusrau festival with the support of the Ford Foundation from 15 February onwards.

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents “New Sounds from Arab Lands” in Europe and United States
06 February 2013 - Five eminent performer-composer-improvisers from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon will tour Europe and the United States from 8 to 28 February 2013 in a tour supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. The five musicians exemplify the rising generation of cosmopolitan Arab musicians who combine jazz, classical music, and the microtonal subtleties and myriad melodic modes of Arabic music.

Council of Europe "Cultural Event" Label Awarded to the Aga Khan Music Initiative
23 August 2012 - The Council of Europe has awarded its "Cultural Event" label, or designation, to the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Award was given in recognition of the series of master classes, presentations and concerts that the Music Initiative has offered through its “Performance, Creation and Outreach” programme.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and Serious UK Bring Homayun Sakhi, Kronos Quartet and Bardic Divas to London Olympics Music Festival
19 July 2012 - Aga Khan Music Initiative collaborators Homayun Sakhi, the Kronos Quartet and the Bardic Divas will appear on the Asia Stage in Battersea Park on 21 July 2012 as part of the celebration of the 2012 London Olympics. In partnership with Serious UK.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and SOAS Sign Collaboration Agreement, Co-host “Musical Geographies of Central Asia” Conference and Concert
16 May 2012 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies have signed a wide-ranging, five-year collaboration focused on building expertise in the music and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. SOAS and the Initiative also hosted a confernece entitled "Musical Geographies of Central Asia”, 16-18 May 2012.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways Release “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”
11 May 2012 - Smithsonian Folkways and the Aga Khan Music Initiative celebrate the tenth and final release of their award-winning "Music of Central Asia" series, a groundbreaking CD/DVD set entitled "Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route", on 29 May 2012.

France Musique Prize 2012 for World Music Awarded to Aga Khan Music Initiative Artist Abduvali Abdurashidov
15 March 2012 - Tajik artist Abduvali Abdurashidov, a "tradition bearer" of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, was awarded the 2012 France Music World Music Prize at the international Babel Med Music forum in Marseille.

Music Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
18 November 2011 - As part of the opening of New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum will co-present a concert of new music featuring music commissioned by the Aga Khan Music Initiative on 9 December 2011

A Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Pakistan in Paris
07 October 2011 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Théatre de la Ville team continue their 3-year partnership with a two-day celebration of Pakistani music and poetry at the Théatre de la Ville in Paris on the 8th and 9th of October 2011.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy Bring Together Arab and Central Asian Musicians at Sixth Remix Music Workshop in Aswan
18 September 2011 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource) launched the Sixth Remix music workshop and tour under the leadership of Egyptian music director Fathy Salama and Lebanese composer and oud player Charbel Rouhana.

Remix Asia: A Catalyst for New Music
28 October 2009 - What do nineteen musicians hailing from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Eurasia have in common? That was the question that participants in Remix Asia strove to answer during an intensive, fortnight-long workshop and concert tour that ended in Aleppo, Syria on October 18.

Collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia
24 March 2010 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet have inaugurated a pioneering musical collaboration that brings the quartet together with leading musicians from Azerbaijan and Afghanistan to compose, arrange, and perform new music rooted in Central Asian tradition.

Music of Central Asia Volumes 7-9: In the Media
04 March 2010 - Press coverage of the release of the Music of Central Asia CD/DVD series, an initiative of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways.

Jashn e Khusrau, A Festival of Poetry and Music as Part of Delhi Urban Renewal Programme
01 March 2010 - Jashn e Khusrau, a festival of poetry and music to be held 4-14 March 2010 as Part of the Humayun’s Tomb-Sunder Nursery-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti urban renewal programme.

Music Initiative Releases Three New Volumes of Music of Central Asia CD-DVD Series
25 February 2010 - Music of Central Asia, the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s panoramic 10-volume audio-visual survey of contemporary tradition-based music from Central Eurasia, has added three new CD-DVD sets that expand the scope of Music of Central Asia both geographically and conceptually – by encompassing different regions of Uzbekistan as well as India and by showcasing the Music Initiative’s cross-cultural collaborations.

Music of Central Asia at the Louvre: Alim and Fargana Qasimov, Tengir-Too and The Academy of Maqam to Perform
31 March 2008 - Musicians from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia will be performing at the Louvre Auditorium on the 5, 6 and 13th of April.

Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours
12 October 2007 - Seventeen musicians from Central Asia, a culturally dynamic and rapidly changing region, will share their mastery of traditions at once ancient and contemporary in an 11-city North American tour beginning on October 12th.

Inaugural Concert of Central Asian Music Delights Washington
15 March 2006 - Dignitaries from Washington’s political, diplomatic, legal and cultural fields today joined His Highness the Aga Khan at the inaugural concert of Via Kabul.

The Stans Revealed Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders
02 March 2006 - The arrival of the March 2006 USA tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders in Washington and New York should change perceptions of one of the least known places on the planet.

Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia: March 2006 USA Tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders
01 March 2006 - The March 2006 USA tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders — presented and curated by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia — features three groups of performers: Tengir-Too, from Kyrgyzstan, The Academy of Shashmaqâm, from Tajikistan, and Homayun Sakhi and Taryalai Hashimi, from Afghanistan (via California).

40 Central Asian Musicians and Dancers on Tour in Europe
24 August 2004 - Beginning 25 September, 40 musicians and dancers from Central Asia will start a five-week-long tour of Europe.

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform in Central Asia in Collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative
02 May 2003 - Following critically acclaimed concerts in North America and Europe, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble brought their unique fusion of ancient Silk Road traditions and western classical music to the heart of the Silk Road: in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Aga Khan and Colin Powell Open Silk Road Festival in Washington
25 June 2002 - "A search for new forces of stability," was how His Highness the Aga Khan today described one of the pressing needs of the moment in Central Asia.

Minister of Culture Roseta and First Lady Maria Jose Ritta Join Begum Aga Khan at Concert and Exhibition
05 June 2002 - The Minister of Culture, Dr. Pedro Roseta and the First Lady, Maria Jose Ritta were amongst the distinguished guests who last night joined Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan at a concert and exhibition from Tajikistan at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Yo-Yo Ma Performs on the Silk Road for Aga Khan Award
06 November 2001 - First Performance of Ensemble in one of the oldest cities on the Silk Road. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble gave a special performance on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

World Premiere of Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Introduces Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia
25 August 2001 - At the first of a hallmark series of festivals to be held in Asia, Europe and North America, the renowned American cellist Yo-Yo Ma led a distinguished international group of musicians, artists and scholars from the Silk Road Project last night in introducing European audiences to a major element of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia.

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