Video: Music of Azerbaijan: Fargana Qasimova Ensemble

March 2, 2015
Fargana Qasimova Ensemble

For Fargana Qasimova, the passionate lyrics of Azerbaijani mugham and spirited songs of the bardicashiq tradition provided the soundscape of her childhood. Now a consummate vocalist in her own right, Fargana has developed her own distinctive style that builds on the formidable artistic legacy bequeathed to her by her father, the renowned musician Alim Qasimov. Accompanied by the same quartet of young musicians as her father, Fargana offers a brilliant example of tradition-based music performed with a contemporary sensibility.

The performance is co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Aga Khan Music Initiative.