July 31, Roshan - Shujand
Many of the artists in Musarwal’s ensemble are men of the older generation. Their dances and music have sought to preserve the essence of their heritage and we hope that interest from younger generations will inspire them to continue in their art. Several highlights marked our visit.
Musarwal and Soibkadam Dastambuev showed us their instrument building workshop. Several beautiful Setars were in the process of construction, along with others in for commissioned improvements. Mr. Gulbek Bektibekov performed a Raqs-e Aspak (horse dance) with the help of Sohibkadam, we were also able to view the process of assembling the costume pieces as Mr. Bektibekov dressed for the dance. Certainly a highlight of the day was the musical interaction between Musarwal and Jonboz. Within Musarwal’s music and dance, there is an energy like a force of nature that takes effect at times.