The Culture and Music of Kazakhstan with Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Helen Faller and the Musical Group Roksonaki

Tuesday March 18, 2008: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This lively presentation by Dr. Faller will include musical selections by Roksonaki, a cutting edge Kazakh musical group that integrates ancient Kazakh instrumentation - the traditional kylkobyz, shankobyz, sazsyrnai and dombra - and contemporary rock music and jazz. Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world with less than six people per square kilometer. Much of its music and culture comes from its rustic and nomadic roots.

Dr. Faller has been involved in cultural exchange with Central Asia since 2002, when she worked with the Kazak delegation to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She has also worked with CEC ArtsLink, the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Roksonaki was formed by Ruslan Kara in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1991. The band pioneered the use of authentic Kazakh instrumentation in the context of contemporary rock music.