This playlist showcases the “Music of Central Asia” series (http://www.folkways.si.edu/CentralAsia), ranging from the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, to the mugham and bardic songs of Azerbaijan, to the cross cultural collaborations of Afghanistan and western artists such as Kronos Quartet. Presented by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (http://www.folkways.si.edu/) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (http://www.akdn.org/aktc) the 10-volume series celebrates musicians who display a mastery of older traditions while embracing the contemporary spirit of innovation. This playlist takes you through our own journey through new and old, discovering the hidden gems of Central Asia.
The latest, and last, album of the series- "Borderlands - Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route – will be released on Tuesday, May 29th of 2012.
Keep up to date on our latest releases and touring information at: http://www.facebook.com/centralasia