Ilyas Malayev Ensemble

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The traditional music of Uzbekistan, a small country formed with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, has been brought to the United States by tanbur and violin player and vocalist Ilyas Malayev. Formed…
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The traditional music of Uzbekistan, a small country formed with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, has been brought to the United States by tanbur and violin player and vocalist Ilyas Malayev. Formed shortly after Malayev emigrated to the United States in 1992, the group focuses on the shash maqam, a repertoire of 200 songs formed from six lengthy maqams. In addition to Malayev, the ensemble features Iskhak Katayev (violin), Izra Malakov, Muhabbet Shamayeva, Osher Barayev, Ilyau Khavasov, Rushel Rubinov, Abokhai Aminov, and Roman Narkolayev (vocals).