Na­tional mu­si­cians con­quer “Melodies of East” fes­ti­val

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jani mu­si­cians have bril­liantly per­formed at the "Melodies of the East" In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val held in Uzbek­istan’s Sa­markand city.

Mu­si­cians Sahib Pas­haz­ade and Kam­ran Ka­ri­mov won Grand Prix at the fest, which is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant events not only in Uzbek­istan, but also in Cen­tral Asia.

The first place was shared be­tween the en­sem­bles Goseong Folk­song Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion (South Korea) and Uzbek­istan's Mo­hichehr.

The sec­ond place was shared by the ensem­ble "Muras" from Kyr­gyzs­tan and the duo Sauges from Lithua­nia.

The jury awarded three third places to mu­sic col­lec­tives from Iran - Naghah, In­done­sia - INO En­sam­ble and Tur­key - Meshk Ensem­ble.

"Melodies of the East" In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is held since 1997 on the ini­tia­tive of the first pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Is­lam Ka­ri­mov and un­der the aus­pices of UNESCO.

This year more than 240 mu­si­cians and artists from 59 coun­tries took part in the fes­ti­val. A huge open-air stage with fan­tas­tic light­ing and acous­tics, erected in the his­tor­i­cal Regis­tan Square is a venue of the event.

No­tably, Azer­bai­jani singer Si­mara Imanova won the “Grand Prix” award in 1997 at the first fes­ti­val. In 2001, mugham mas­ter Alim Gasi­mov took the first place.

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