3 June 2018

The Spirit of Tengri. Day 2. Music and a special atmosphere have prevailed over the bad weather



23.15 Music and a special atmosphere have prevailed the bad weather today! Thank you for being with us!

22.35 The final chord of The Spirit of Tengri 2018 - the Steppe Scape project!


The Kazakhstani musician - the lead singer of Sharapat band Yesbol Shanbayev - has been invited specially for this show.


"The idea to create such a project belongs to me, I have met some of the members before, and I thought it would be interesting to make a Eurasian project combining Asian and Russian music and also inviting musicians from Europe." This is a synthesis of Europe and Asia, of the ancient traditions and modern technologies. The musicians and vocalists from different countries are absolutely amazing. Beforehand, we listened to the songs that we were going to perform, and we have already performed three times as a Steppe Scape, so we had some work experience, but here the Festival's organisation team has given us four days for rehearsals, which we are really grateful for. We are delighted to perform in Almaty with such a wonderful musician and vocalist Yesbol and his songs have adorned our project even more. We will continue to develop our Eurasian project, we will invite musicians from other countries," the Steppe Scape author and co-producer Vladimir Oboronko said.


Musicians synthesize ancient songs of the peoples of Siberia with futuristic electronics and ambient rock. Steppe Scape is a unique creative collaboration of the most interesting and well-known vocalists in the West, Namgar (Namgar Project, Buryatia), Radik Tyulush ("Huun Huur Tu", Tuva) and Angela Manukyan ("Volga", Moscow), with one of the most talented modern European musicians, German composer, guitarist and electronic music designer Markus Reuter (Crimson ProjeKCt, Stick Men, Namgar Project).


22.30 "One of our members plays a traditional Arabic instrument, and he wanted to make it electric to combine rock and traditional music. This is how our project was born. We are inspired by various music, from classical to modern, from traditional Arabic music, from AC/DC to Schoenberg ", the Speed ​​Caravans musicians shared.


22.05 A caravan has passed through Almaty. There are many kilometers of the road behind, there are books of stories and chests of vivid impressions. All this has an impact in the music of Speed ​​Caravan.



21.45 "We were general partners of the Festival for five years in a row, this year our company has passed this privilege to Magnum company and I would like to express my gratitude to the team of the Festival: being an Almaty resident, I would absolutely come to the Festival, because it is a huge an international gift to our city and the whole Kazakhstan. The festival is expanding, it has become more professional, it opens our souls. Thanks to the Festival team for this gift, because this is a real music that goes straight from the heart. I'm in love with these sounds," Vyacheslav Kim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kaspi Bank, said.


21.33 The Speed ​​Caravan band, who won the hearts of the audience with their incredible vibe a year ago, is coming up on the stage. The multinational afro-rock band includes musicians from Algeria and France. Their music can cite pieces from The Cure or The Chemical Brothers with an Arabic flayer.



21.20 21.20 The members of the Yele band talked about their name. "The children of two musicians in our band are called Yele, which stands for "light." So we decided to give this name to our band, which was formed owing to our manager who was worked on the radio that time and suggested creating sensual, soulful music together," the musicians shared.


21.05 The Yele band reminded where blues music originated from. The strident voice of the vocalist took off over the straight web of "bass line", consisting of the likeness of a bass drum, bass guitar and didgeridoo.


20.35 The next participants - the unique trio of YELÉ (France, Burkina Faso and the Netherlands), whose name is translated as "light" from the West African Bambara language, is known as a band with a powerful groove. Their music of "mixed blood" is born from the drift of musical continents.


20.33 "We have a really splendid welcome from the Almaty audience. You are very hospitable people. We have done a lot of shows but we haven't seen anything like that! This so rare nowadays. The organization level of the festival is extremely high. We want to come back next year!" - Garegin Arakelyan, member of the Gata Band, shared.


20.30 "More than 90 artists from 14 countries are taking part in The Spirit of Tengri this year. The main feature of the festival is the synergy that we are trying to create by inviting various bands including Kazakhstan artists. One band can represent up to five countries. The Spirit of Tengri is a country cultural project. This is a wonderful project because we have the opportunity to represent Kazakhstani culture to a foreign viewer and culture of other countries to Kazakhstani audience. This is sort of Eurasian musical project from Kazakhstan. I would like to note that this is a family festival - many come with children, there are a lot of young people. They are captured by this music because the sound is the highest quality. The selection of the artists goes on for a year because the participants of the Festival are world famous stars with a tight schedule. But they take an invitation to our Festival seriously because of its quality, hospitable land and the amazing audience. Also, I would like to note that this year we have arranged a worldwide YouTube broadcast . We are doing it so that more people could get to know a festival that has a great quality of the sound and the picture. Therefore, anyone who does not have the opportunity to come to the Festival will be able to watch it on YouTube," Alash Media Group CEO Batyr Kazybayev said.


20.05 The treat from Gata Band - music that goes insight. The band has built their program in such a way that first the lingering compositions purify the soul and then let it dance.


19.45 The next participant of the Festival is Gata Band - a unique Armenian group performing ancient music.


Having reunited forgotten national tunes with modern music, they managed to create a new music direction. The name of the band comes from the traditional Armenian festive dish - gata (sweet pie). The range of Armenian instruments played by the band is striking: duduk, zurna, pku, kemenche, blul sring, saz, dhol, dap, parkazuk. They also use the Persian santur, the African kalimba, the Latin American percussion instruments and the Belgian kelstone.


In Armenian, Gata means a pie that was baked after making lavash (Armenian flat bread) in a tsomini (a small bakery).


19.30 "We have been very warmly welcomed. We have performed new songs. The Almaty audience loves us very much; we always feel like home here." Many thanks for the warm welcome and for the gorgeous event! " the founder of Argymak Rinat Ramazanov said.

19.20 "An excellent festival, the feeling is wonderful! I am enjoying the show, the sun has come out, the music warms us up," Alina Semenyuk from Almaty said.


18.55 The thick rhythm section of Argymak has driven the clouds away and the sun has come out!  The healing shamanistic ritual is going on!


18.45 Beloved by Kazakhstani audience, guests from Bashkortostan Argymak are already on the stage!


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.


18.35 While the Bashkir rock band Argymak is preparing to come up on stage, the atmospheric set from Alena Lobastova is on.

18.20 Aldaspan has a privilege to warm up the audience, and they have successfully coped with the task. A full music arsenal has been used, starting from vibrant ethno-rock compositions to more lyrical hearty songs.


"The impressions are great! The energy of the festival is amazing! We did not want to leave the stage. Today, our program has involved famous Kazakh songs, and the audience was singing along with us,"  Aldaspan group member Nurzhan Toishy told about his impressions after the performance.


18.05 The rain is not standing on way enjoying our favorite music!

17.50.  Day 2 of the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri has started.


The honor to open the second day of the Festival this year is given to the unique Kazakh ethno-rock band ALDASPAN which is known for playing the electro-dombra. The musicians are regular participants of the Festival.


For the opening song, the musicians invited a solo guitarist, who, from the very first seconds, set an excellent pace and got the audience started.


The songs of the band include ancient Turkic fighting epics full of courage and glorifying feats of heroes.


On the first day of the Festival, on June 2, in the Abay square in Almaty, the audience saw the shows of: Abbos from Uzbekistan, EZZA, band from the Republic of Niger,  Shono from Buryatia, Mozambican bass player Childo Thomas with his own jazz project, Israeli musicians Q2A, and also Kazakhstan DJs  - DJ Arsen Superfly and DJ Ras Ed.


Almaty residents were very happy to some to The Spirit of Tengri a year later.


The Shono band from Buryatia already performed at The Spirit of Tengri in May 2017 and got beloved by audience.


"We loved absolutely everything, especially the organization, warm welcome, and the delicious food. The sound is just perfect, it's very rare. Tomorrow we are going to the mountains. We like Kazakhstan very much, and we are planning to visit Astana in June. Today there is a very cheerful and lively audience. We are getting do much energy from them and we are also sharing ours. We love it here. Today we have played new songs that will be released in our new album at the end of 2018. We take folk songs and create an new arrangement for them," the musicians said.

The opening of the Festival


18.00 The festival was opened by Abbos band from Uzbekistan, who prepared a bright and colorful show.


Almaty audience had fun and were full of emotions. The Abay square in front of the Republic  Palace was completely packed.


The first day of The Spirit of Tengri Almaty  heard the Sahara modern music.

22.58 "We play our own music. We are very happy to meet open, beautiful, bright people here who dance, sing and listen with pleasure to our shows. It is so cool to be here and we will definitely come again. We really like Kazakh music, and it is very similar to the one we play," the musicians said.

Fragments of the first day of The Spirit of Tengri Festival. 

The VI International Festival The Spirit of Tengri is held on June 2 and 3, 2018, in the Abay Square in front of the Republic Palace in Almaty. The start is at 17:00. Free entrance. The guests should expect a beautiful, powerful live show and traditionally live sound of high quality, lighting that is literally seen from space. 

If you happen to be far from Almaty and you will not be able to attend the open air show in front of the Republic Palace, you still will be able to enjoy the Festival through a high-quality online broadcast with multi-channel sound on website and in the social networks of The Spirit of Tengri project.  

On the days of the Festival, bus on routes 29, 48, 120, 121, 141 will run until 23:30. 

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project established by the national radio station Tengri FM in 2012. The Festival aims at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries of the world on the Kazakh land.  Over five years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. Musicians from 30 countries and regions of the world have been on this stage. Among them are the Turkish group BaBa Zula, the Chinese-Mongolian band Hanggai, the Magyar band Tilla Török's Band & Holdviola, the Estonian ethno band TRAD.ATTACK!, the Georgian trio The Shin, the band from Bashkortostan "Argymak", the Buryat-Finnish-Norwegian project Nordic Namgar, master of throat singing Radik Tyulush with the project "Chalama" from Tuva. Kazakhstan has been represented by the ethno music groups Aldaspan, Sharapat, Tigrahaud, Roksonaki, as well as the master of folklore Yedil Khussainov.

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


The Spirit of Tengri (2017)
Sainkho Namchylak with German Popov on Tengri FM (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2015)
The Spirit of Tengri on Womex 2015 (Hungary)
The Spirit of Tengri (2016)
BaBa Zula on Tengri FM (2015)
Voices of autumn (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2013)
The Spirit of Astana (2017)
Presentation of DVD The Spirit of Tengri 2014
NOMAD WAY 2018 | ASTANA | JUNE 22-24
The Shin on Tengri FM (2014)
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