Music from Kazakhstan and Pakistan delighted BOZAR

Joyful tempo, energetic dance and soul in the incredible performance deriving from the Kazakhs identity by Yerlan Ryskali. The Central Asian singer performed traditional songs from his country while accompanying himself on the ’dombra’, an instrument reminding of a long necked lute. The vocal strength filled the Stained Glass Room at the Center of Fine Arts – Bozar.

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On 24th October 2018 with the co-production of the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the organised evening for Kazakhstan and Pakistan Music invited a diverse audience to enjoy centuries of musical heritage. More than a hundred people were present to attend the magnificent performance. On the back of the stage beautifully embodied traditional outfits which adorned the hall.  

Yerlan played music which represents the spirit of Kazakhstan – cheerful, lively and diverse. The strong vocal power which seemed to come out effortlessly, presented the power of music. The public might not understand the Kazakh lyrics, but the songs became accessible by the genuine energy springing from the artist and the playful instrumental. Music which takes a special place in the heart of Brussels.

The second part was dedicated to Pakistan represented by Arnaud Eurin and Carlo Strazzante. Aunaud is a French sitar player, who became fascinated by the music in South Asia when he was a child. Since then, he has been exploring the rhythms and culture of Pakistan learning from native traditional masters. The Sicilian – Belgian percussionist Carlo was trained as a classical musician before discovering the treasures of unknown cultures. Nowadays, he plays an array of instruments from Pakistan, the Middle East and North Africa, but he is particularly proficient on ’tabla’. 

The event is part of ASEM Cultural Festival from 18th to 30th October and the 12th Asia – Europe Meeting. The two week festival is the celebration of the historical connections between Europe and Asia and the prospectus for future collaboration. With the themes of ’connectivity’ and ’heritage’, it introduces the Belgian audience to performances, exhibitions and discussions.