Uzbek traditional music Ensemble encompasses the emotions, able to soothe and to stir, through the power of the human voice and musical instruments, irrespective of whether the language is understood or not. OXUS are arguably the finest contemporary exponents of the art.
All members of OXUS are professional musicians and graduates of the Tashkent Conservatory. OXUS Ensemble are devoted guardians of the unique musical heritage of Uzbekistan but it is their innovative arrangements of classic compositions which make them stand out among other groups of traditional music.
Uzbek classical music, known as mumtoz, more specifically maqom, is composed on classical texts which date back to the 15-16 centuries. As an extremely demanding discipline, it can be positioned, for a Western listener, as music between classical, folk and world. Some pieces can transcend into an exultant climax typical to devotional songs of sufi traditions like qawwali.
Their repertoire draws on songs from all the culturally diverse regions of Uzbekistan, Bukharian Shashmaqom, Ferghana-Tashkent maqoms, Khorezm maqoms, and a wide national and folk instrumental music and songs. OXUS was founded in 2002 with the name “Mashriq”. In 2013 the group’s name was changed into OXUS (one of the ancient names of Amu River in Central Asia).The group consists of for professional musicians who have wide music heritage Program of Uzbekistan. Sufficient experience of cooperating with Eastern and Western musicians in contemporary music style has been gained by the group members through various festivals and concerts around the globe. Group’s audios was included to the album under the name “Samarkand & Beyond” came out in cooperation with ARC music production in 2007.
Musicians of OXUS Ensemble visited with different teams and ensembles in festival and concerts countries performed concerts and to Festivals to countries like USA, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Netherlands, Malaysia, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Philippines, Russia, Azerbaijan, Alger, Saudi-Arabia, Spain, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Turkmenistan.