Audiences who attended Womad last summer, will be delighted to hear that Gochaq Askarov is back in the UK for more concerts. Gochaq is a mugham singer, a traditional musical art form from Azerbaijan that refers both to a melodic style and to a genre of traditional music. Vocal-instrumental mugham compositions are often performed by ensemble of three musicians: Gochaq will be accompanied on tar (long-necked lute) by Malik Mansurov and on kamancha (spike-fiddle) by Elshan Mansurov.
To offer UK audiences a further taste of what Azerbaijan music has to offer, the Asian Music Circuit has in addition invited four brilliant representatives of the ashiq music style: Ramin Qarayev; Azer Maharramov; Qalandar Zeynalov and Aytekin Akbarova. An ashig is a poet, composer, singer, musical performer and occasionally dancer who beats on the strings of the saz and improvises serenades and ballads.
This tour will leave you wanting for more music from Azerbaijan!
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