Traditional shashmaqam performance?

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deepbluemeanies
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Traditional shashmaqam performance?

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Hey there,

Is it possible to see a traditional shashmaqam performance in Uzbekistan? Google came up with zilch. I'm unsure if it's regularly performed in places like Bukhara?

Thanks!
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No, that will be difficult. You will basically have to organise it yourself. Festivals and events generally not a strong point. There might be a festival where there is a shashmaqam performance, but you would only be able to find out about it if you know everyone involved.
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Re: Traditional shashmaqam performance?

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Most of the best musicians are in Tashkent.

You may want to inbox Oxus Culture: https://www.facebook.com/oxusculture
They are quite active in organising maqom-related events (and even tours overseas). They might know if something is going on.

If not, other places you might want to hang about to try your luck include the Yunus Rajabiy Maqom Institute (31 Mustaqillik shoh ko'chasi, https://uzmmsi.uz) - where many of the best maqom musicians teach, the Yunus Rajabiy Museum (16 Rakatboshi ko'chasi, https://www.rajabiymuzeyi.uz/) and the Tashkent Conservatory (Shaykhontokhur district, st. Almazar 1, https://conservatory.uz/)

Elsewhere, local music schools will be your best bet.
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Re: Traditional shashmaqam performance?

Post by deepbluemeanies »

Thank you so much Dutarchi for all the detailed information, that is exactly what I was hoping to find out. It's appreciated.

I will definitely check out those places and reach out to them while I'm Uzbekistan.
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Re: Traditional shashmaqam performance?

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Another possible occasion for classical music is weddings - but only at the early morning sessions (5-8am) for men only when they eat plov and listen to classical music (albeit slightly modernised with keyboards like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqeKkhLzXhw). But this is probably one of the more organic type of musical occasion. Would be great if you could get yourself invited to one of those. Mind you however, some conservative families/regions may hold morning wedding sessions without music. So it depends on your luck. But even without music it's still a fantastic cultural occasion.
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