The Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble – AKMI | The six-artist of Eastern and Western Music Innovators devloping new diections

The Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble presents a rare artistic encounter that both celebrates and reimagines time-honoured musical meetings as the Initiative’s leading artists perform a newly-created repertoire of compositions, improvisations and contemporary arrangements inspired by tradition. This group of music innovators demonstrates the transmission of ancient musical traditions to a talented generation of performers…

VOA News com: Pakistani Mountain Town Looks to Cash In on China Trade|3,000 kilometers to Pakistan’s Gwadar port through Karakorum Highway

Khunjerab border crossing and the first Chinese security post seen on the extreme right. KHUNJERAB PASS, PAKISTAN — China and Pakistan opened this spectacular mountain pass for tourism and limited trade back in the 1980s. The Khunjerab Pass, the world’s highest paved border crossing, is located at an elevation of more than 4,600 meters and closes…

UK, Book and introduction: Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan -Revisiting the Faḍāʾil-i Balkh Arezou Azad Oxford Oriental Monographs

  Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan Revisiting the Faḍāʾil-i Balkh Arezou Azad Oxford Oriental Monographs 240 pages | 13 colour plates, 7 b/w in-text figures, 3 maps | 216x138mm 978-0-19-968705-3 | Hardback | 12 December 2013 Also available as: eBook Resources Introduction (pdf) Price: £75.00 Looks at the influence of Buddhism in early Islamic history,…

Texas USA: Concert evokes central Asian folk music — Your Houston News com

Concert evokes central Asian folk music Musicians Saeid Shanbehzadeh, Basel Rajoub, and Naghib Shanbehzadeh perform Saturday through the Aga Khan Music Initiative. In association with Asia Society New York and the Aga Khan Council, Asia Society Texas Center’s Crossroads Asia series continues with Sound: the Encounter, an evening of Iranian and Syrian music ingrained in…

Messenger of the “Silk Road” Peace Culture — Interview with NGO president Mr. SHAO Changchun on “Silk Road Economic Belt ” and more on New Europe EU

Exclusive: Interview with Mr. SHAO Changchun President of Europe–China Culture and Education Foundation, President of Beijing Peace Tour Cultural Exchange Center The Beijing Peace Tour Cultural Exchanges Center (Peace Tour) is an international cultural exchanges organization devoted to promoting world peace. The NGO has been very active on the world stage in recent years and…

Is China reviving the old Silk Road? — China Daily Mail com

After enjoying a history of about 1600 years, the Silk Road had lost out to the Southern Ocean Corridor connecting Europe and Asia. But now there are signs that the old Silk Road is being revived. The Silk Road refers to the historical network of trading routes that connected Asia with the Middle East, North…

Opening of Silk Route urged to transform regional progress – The News com Pakistan article by Murtaza Ali Shah

LONDON: Pakistan has been urged to utilise the potential Gilgit-Baltistan to connect itself with Central Asia, Afghanistan, India and beyond. Influential right-of-the centre think tank The Henry Jackson Society held an event titled “Gilgit-Baltistan: South-Central Asia’s Socio-Economic Integration and Regional Politics” at the House of Lords which focused on reviving the infamous southern branch of…

Towards a Culinary Silk Road – by Yigal Schleifer on Eurasia Net Org

Can culinary tourism play an important role in helping create sustainable development in some of the countries along the ancient silk road? A new report recently released by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says that might be the case, suggesting that a growing demand for “experience based” tourism could open the door for countries to…

LISTEN NOW: Wu Man Brings East and West Together in New Album – Smithsonian com

For Borderlands, out May 29 from Smithsonian Folkways, Wu Man joined forces with seven Uyghur musicians to improvise on their traditional music.   Wu Man’s innovative arrangements combining musical traditions of the East and West have made her one of the world’s most important musical ambassadors. Classically trained in the Pudong School, Wu’s unmatched skill…

Aga Khan Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways Release “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route” – AKDN Press Release

Final Release of “Music of Central Asia Series” Washington, DC, 11 May 2012 — On May 29, Smithsonian Folkways and the Aga Khan Music Initiative will celebrate the tenth and final release of their award-winning “Music of Central Asia” series, a groundbreaking CD/DVD set entitled “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”.  …