Dushanbe International Ethno Jazz Festival
The Dushanbe International Ethno Jazz Festival has been held every two years since 2009.
The Swiss Cooperation Office, as the main initiator and donor, together with its partners Bactria Cultural Center and the Tajik National Conservatory, have successfully held jazz festivals for several years (2009, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14, '17 and ‘19). The festival brings together jazz composers and musicians from different parts of the world (Central Asia, Europe, America, etc.) to hold concerts, round tables, master classes and art laboratories that contribute to the outbreak of a new wave of interest in ethno-jazz music in the Republic of Tajikistan.
One of the main objectives of this festival is to encourage musical experimentation and the development of genres based on traditional Tajik music. Musical experiments combining various styles are particularly successful. Local musicians, like their foreign counterparts, are given a unique opportunity to create an incomparable musical composition based on traditional Tajik music genres such as Makom and Falak.
Such experiments should encourage the trend of development and preservation of traditional genres of Tajik music, contribute to the development of new forms of improvisational music, and encourage:
- Further development of various forms of jazz music based on the cultural heritage, traditions and innovations of traditional Tajik culture
- Increased interest in jazz and ethno-jazz music among the population of Tajikistan
- Regional and international cooperation based on musical creativity
One of the main achievements of the Festival is the creation of new musical groups that play a unique mix of ethno-jazz. These are such groups as Daj (Dushanbe) and Payvand (Khujand). These groups are a vivid illustration of the potential impact of the Jazz Festival on the development of the entire music industry in the Republic of Tajikistan.
The initiator and main donor of the Dushanbe Ethno Jazz Festival is The Swiss Government. Muattara Bashirova - National Programme Manager for SDC Central Asia Art and Culture Programme. The Artistic Curator of the festival is Jasur Khalilov, and the Technical Director of the festival is Jafar Khalilov. The organizer of the festival is the Bactria Cultural Center, represented by Dina Miller, Amal Khanum Gadzhieva, Makhvash Shoeva, Masud Vohidov, and others.
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