We awoke in Almaty to a winter wonderland. The view of the rehearsal room at the National Conservatory of Kazakshtan looked out at the beautiful snow covered trees.
The workshops by Omnibus musicians, Kenny Savelson, and Nurlanbek Nyshanov were well attended by about 50 Conservatory students; many who participated in the warm-up training activities and exercises.
On our second day in Almaty, the Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music performed their unique program of original compositions and traditional music to a very enthusiastic audience. One audience member even had the opportunity to try conducting the group with the improvisational piece “Body Painting.”