13 June 2018

Nomad Way 2018. Music of the Mountain Shoria, the legacy of the Magyars and the Bashkir tunes

Tilla Török Band (Hungary)

Russian version

The International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way that will be held in Astana on June 22-24 continues to disclose details of the program. The capital will again host bands from Hungary (Tilla Török Band), Mountain Shoria (Chylytys Tannagasheva) and Bashkortostan (Argymak and Zaman), reports. The International Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a part of 20th anniversary celebrating of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Astana.

Hungary is famous for its music and dance. The Tilla Török's is a native combination of oriental savors and passionate gypsy tunes, Magyar folk music and melodies of nomadic peoples of the steppe. All this is performed in modern arrangements. Here, instruments such as the classical violin and lute called koboz in Hungarian, are in high esteem. The soloist of the band Tilla Torok plays excellently both of them. The other members of the band are Flora Török - soloist, violin, percussion; David Mohai - drums, percussion; Gábor Fánczi - bass; István Cseh - guitar.


The band has been regularly visiting Kazakhstan since 2015 giving performances for The Spirit of Tengri project.  Last year, the band performed at the Nomad Way 2017. After traveling to Kazakhstan the Tilla Török Band released a new album demonstrating the unity of the music cultures of Hungary and Kazakhstan. This music immerses listeners in an unusual atmosphere of a journey through the Kazakh steppe. The musicians consider it fundamental to preserve the Hungarian traditional music heritage. Soloist Tilla Torok notes that "music protected for millennia, the thoughts that our ancestors invested in it give us a unique way of thinking and unite cultures together."

"Hello from Budapest, Hungary, my name is Tilla Torok, and I look forward to seeing you at the Nomad Way Festival 2018 in Astana, I represent a rich Hungarian music culture with my band." This will be a unique mix of the Magyar ethnic music and music of the nomadic peoples of the Great Steppe in modern arrangements. We have already been to your wonderful country three times and had wonderful impressions that are reflected in our work. This year we recorded a new album and we'll be happy to present it at the Nomad Way Festival, See you from June 22 to 24 in Astana! " band leader Tilla Török welcomed the future guests of the festival .

Mountain Shoria is a mountain taiga area located in the southern part of the Kemerovo region at the junction of Altai, Sayan and the Kuznetsk Alatau. For the second time at the festival Nomad way, this region will be represented by throat singing performer Chyltys Tannagasheva. She is the first Shorian who has mastered the art of throat singing.

Chyltys's career started in 00s. In 2003, she became the winner of many contests and festivals: International Festival of Live Music and Faith Ustuu-Khuree 2003, Tyva; World Festival of World Cultures Altyn-Maydan 2008,Tatarstan; All-Russian Festival of the Peoples of Siberia, the North and the Far East Ikenipke 2010, Moscow; World Festival of World Cultures Altyn Maydan 2009, Sakha (Yakutia); International Festival Ridu Ridu 2014, Norway.

"Dear people of Kazakhstan, I am inviting you to the coolest ethno-festival in the whole of Eurasia Nomad Way. I promise that I will show all the beauties of my beloved Mountain Shoria as well as a rare female throat singing," Tannagasheva said. On the stage of Nomad Way, an incredibly talented performer will be come along with the famous Kazakh DJ Nariman Issenov. The duet will present  a unique set of ethnic and electronic music for the residents and guests of Astana .


This year, the Festival of Nomadic Culture welcomes two bands from Bashkortostan. Ethno-rock band "Argymak" is the flagship of modern ethnic music of Bashkortostan. The band is a laureate of international Russian and Republic contests and festivals. Bashkir folk songs, melodies and tunes, kubairs, epics poems and legends, as well as original songs written by soloist Rinat Ramazanov in different styles and directions, coexist in their repertoire. The fundamentals of the Bashkir band are national musical instruments: qurai, dumbyra, kubyz, kyl-kubyz, throat singing in combination with guitars, bass and drums and  other ethnic music instruments from all over the world.


Qurai is a legendary Bashkir wind instrument, one of the types of flute. It is considered a hallmark of the country. The Bashkirs themselves call it the voice of their ancestors. Talking about folk music the most ancient genres of Bashkir folklore are epic kubairs (legends) and baits (song-tales), as well as wedding wailing songs (senlau) and praising songs (telyak).


The other band from Bashkortostan is ethno-group Zaman ("time", "epoch" ). The band performs World Music, mainly Bashkir folk songs in modern arrangements. Also, the repertoire of Zaman includes original compositions as well as songs in Russian, English and Kazakh.


Zaman band was founded in Moscow in 2014 by guitarist and producer Radmir Muftakhin. Their main goal is to preserve the Bashkir national traditions through the synthesis of folklore and modern music. The group is a laureate of the European music competition SUNS Europe (Italy) and the winner of the television musical contest Turkvision 2014.


"Dear friends, we are waiting for you all in Astana at the Nomad Way Festival, we will be performing here for the second time. We would like to note that this is an incredibly professional and cultural level that you will never see anywhere else in Kazakhstan except for The Spirit of Tengri in Almaty. So we are waiting for you and we promise that we will not repeat ourselves and perform several Kazakh folk songs for you, which you will learn at the concert and see you in Astana," Radmir Muftakhin said.


The venue of the Nomad Way 2018 is the amphitheater on the Esil River embankment. This year, 19 representatives of the musical culture of the Turkic and fraternal peoples will perform for Astana residents and guests of the city. Among the participants there are performers in the ethno-world genre from Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia and the USA. The first festival, which became one of the most grandiose cultural events of a country scale, was held in Astana in the premises of Ethnoaul national cultural complex in June 2017.


The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. Its purpose is to introduce the heritage of the peoples of the Great Steppe and the whole world, uniting the most iconic representatives of contemporary ethnic musical art on the Kazakhstani land. The project was established by the National Kazakhstan Radio Tengri FM in 2012. Musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.

Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


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