The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan) in a concert of spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan on the evening of 24 September. The Ensemble’s participation in the Festival comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival. The Music Initiative was instrumental in launching the Badakhshan Ensemble’s international touring and recording career, and, since 2005, has presented them in concerts and festivals throughout Europe and North America.
Konya International Mystic Music Festival is held each September, culminating on September 30th, the birthday of Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī, who died in Konya, in 1273 CE, and is buried there. Since its inception, in 2004, the Konya International Mystic Music Festival has become a melting pot of mystical music from around the world. The intention of the festival is to introduce mystical music traditions of the world with an emphasis on authenticity and originality. The Festival strives to commemorate Mevlana Rumi in alignment with his pure, unbounded love for humanity and his trust in every human being, no matter who or what they are, and with no judgments, questions or prejudices. The Festival also strives to be a venue where audiences can hear traditional musical styles and repertoires from around the world devoid of fusion or blending with more popular elements. This year marks the second time that music from Tajikistan has been represented in the Festival. The first time was in 2011, when Davlatmand Kholov performed there.
Video on: Ансамбль «Бадахшан» / Badakhshan Ensemble
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