Free Online Lunchtime Talk - The Art of Jyrau - Shamans of the Kazakh Steppe

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Saturday 29 January, 15.00: Online Zoom talk

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Join us for an online talk with musicologist Razia Sultanova. Kazakh music belongs to the old nomadic culture. The most traditional genre of Kazakh music is displayed in the vocal and instrumental performance of the JYRAU genre.  Originating from Shamanic ceremonies, the genre is said to possess magical spiritual power.  While introducing the most distinguished performers of JYRAU, reflecting the soundscapes of the Kazakh steppe, the lecture will demonstrate the past and present of Kazakh music.

About the speaker: Dr Razia Sultanova is a musicologist, performer and social scientist at the University of Cambridge, who specialises in the study of Central Asian music in its social and cultural contexts. She graduated from the Uzbek State Conservatory before attaining her PhD from the Moscow State Conservatory, where she holds the position of Visiting Professor, as also at both the Kazakh National University of Arts and the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University and currently at Charles University, Prague. Dr Razia Sultanova is the author of ten authored and edited books [ see: “From Shamanism to Sufism: Women Islam and Culture in Central Asia" (IB Tauris 2011, paperback in 2014); “Sacred Knowledge: Schools or Revelations" (ed, Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany); “Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop” (Eds. with Megan Rancier,  Routledge 2019)., etc] and her forthcoming in 2022 monograph is entitled ”A Modern History of Afghanistan: Surviving War, Occupation and Terror”, Pen and Sword Books, UK, 304 pp

Please book one ticket per device you are viewing on. A joining email will be sent to you two hours before the event giving the Zoom event link

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