March / April 2020
You can listen to the finest sounds from the Hindukush! Beyond the daily flood of images, it is worth some exciting and moving moments of the musical history of Afghanistan to explore with Safar and listen to the master ensemble Safar of "Afghanistan National Institute of Music" (ANIM) in Kabul, which after the fall of the Taliban, the last in the country living master musician has reassembled. Safar reconstructed and mediates the complex, oral traditional music worlds.
Since 2012 is a regular cooperation with the "Afghanistan Music Research Center AMRC" the Academy of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and Safar. In close co-operation of Afghan and German musicians were since the songs, sounds and musical knowledge between Germany and Afghanistan back and carried back and harvested almost-lost musical fruit. The ensemble's name could not be more aptly chosen: Safar's journey. His music is a powerful expression of hope, joy, suffering and freedom as well as a tool for education and knowledge.
What we now call Afghan art music, is very close to the North Indian classical music with his melodic scales. It was maintained especially in the 19th century and later at the court of the Afghan king, numerous musicians from British India brought to Kabul. Musicians from Kabul studied with masters in India and Pakistan. It was a lively musical exchange in the region. Instruments such as the Indian tabla drum boilers were included in the Afghan music, and the Afghan Rubab was modified in India sarod. The pieces can be mainly divided into three kinds: simple instrumental pieces mainly played with Rubab and Tabla, instrumental pieces in four parts and long instrumental suites.
Safar will give insight into the most beautiful flowers of various musical traditions of Afghanistan, played by four master musicians and two of their young female master students!