Organization - Public Foundation “Music without boundaries”

Public Foundation  “Music without boundaries”
Basic Information
English Public Foundation “Music without boundaries”
Local language Чексиз музыка» коомдук фонду
Country Kyrgyzstan
Category General NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 2016
  • To study Kyrgyz traditional music and performing art
  • To promote and disseminate traditional musical art in Kyrgyzstan

The public foundation “Music without Boundaries” was founded in 2016 with the aim of studying and promoting various genres of Kyrgyz traditional and classical music. The objective of the foundation’s projects is to study and promote musical art and related knowledge and to organize concert events. Under the initiative of “Music without Boundaries,” the first music camp in the history of Kyrgyz musical art was created in 2018.

Major Activities

This project, titled “Kyrgyz Kayryk,” is one of the foundation’s most significant projects. The first experimental music camp for young composers was held on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul in the yurt town of Beltam from June 28 to July 5, 2018. The project’s aim was to disseminate knowledge of Kyrgyz traditional music and transmit it to the younger generation, specifically those who identify themselves as music composers, because their creative work contributes to preserving and transmitting Kyrgyz traditional music. Through a competitive selection process, the participants, aged between 18 and 30, presented a wide range of traditional, classical, and modern music.

During the camp, the participants had the opportunity to meet and have discussions with distinguished bearers of Kyrgyz music, including Nurlanbek Nyshanov, a master, multi-instrumentalist, connoisseur, and researcher of Kyrgyz traditional music; Saadabai Shabdanov an outstanding komuz player and teacher as well as a successor of the performing school of Niyazaly Boroshev; Kulmat Sydykov, a famous Manas and dastan reciter; and Nurila Imanalieva, a hereditary mourner (koshokchu) and bearer of the rare genre koshok. All the bearers shared their experiences and techniques with the young composers. The camp’s living environment facilitated the participants’ immersion into the atmosphere of ancient Kyrgyz people—staying in yurts in the mountains near Issyk-kul Lake, initiating creative discussions and conversations, and engaging in a deeper reflective work on musical instruments.

The camp also became a platform for a unique format of collective and individual composing. Together, composers and performers created an unprecedented experience by synthesizing musical genres, styles, and instruments in classical and traditional directions. Consequently, the participants wrote more than ten new pieces based on Kyrgyz traditional music, which is a good indicator of the project’s effectiveness.  The corresponding post-camp concert attracted a large audience, and they received a lot of positive feedback. The results of the project were original, relevant, and interesting enough that the organizers and participants decided to keep the ensemble of performers and composers for further work under the same name, “Kyrgyz Kayryk.”

Contact Information (Organization)
Address 36/11 Jamanbaeva str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tel + 996 772 076 600

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