Twenty-five musicians from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and the U.S. met today for the first time in Almaty and immediately found a common language — music. They are all participants in the Playing Together’s latest project — a celebration of 25 years of cooperation between the U.S. and the countries of Central Asia. The project is supported by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with organizations throughout the region. Over the course of three weeks the musicians will present concerts in six cities throughout Central Asia.
The talented members of the Tashkent-based contemporary music ensemble Omnibus have designed a program that introduces the musicians to the concept of collective composition and results in the creation of a concert program that blends the traditional and the contemporary. The day began with their famous game zip, zoup, zap that immediately brought smiles and energy to the group and ended with the creation of their first collaborative work.