The Central Asian Academy of Contemporary Music is an intensive program designed by Artyom Kim, a leading composer from Uzbekistan, and Tashkent musician and video artist Sukhrob Nazimov, and a part of Playing Together: Sharing Central Asian Musical Heritage, a two-year music program which brings together young musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan under the leadership of Central Asian, US, and Indian experts. Other program activities include: a Central Asian concert tour by the young musicians in November 2015, the creation of a Central Asian music website, and residencies and concerts by Central Asian musicians in the US Through these activities, the Playing Together program helps build a strong network for musicians in Central Asia and encourages on-going creative exchange while developing a platform to promote Central Asian art in the region and abroad.

The program is supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with Ustashakirt Plus (Kyrgyzstan) and National Conservatories of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


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