ANTHOLOGY OF ASHIQ
> Bards of Azerbaijan
2 CD'S SET W 260135 SC848
RECORDINGS, FAYIQ BABAYEV - ARTISTIC DIRECTION AND LINER NOTES, SANUBAR BAGHIROVA.
© MCM 2008
Alikhan Niftaliyev - Haji Bayramov - Mahmud Mamedov - Gulara Azafly - Altay Mamedli - Ramin Qarayev - Samira Aliyeva - Neymat Qasimli - Qalandar Zeynalov - Yanvar Badalov - Abbas Musakhanoqlu - Aqamurad Israfilov - Vüqar Mahmudoqlu - Avezkhan Rahmanoqlu…
The folk tradition of the ashiq (or ashik, ashek, aşık) is the favorite musical expression of the Azerbaijani people. The ashiq is a bard, a singer, a saz lute player sometimes accompanied by an oboe balaban and percussion instruments. His repertoire is mostly composed of love songs and epics. This album presents a selection of the best Azerbaijani ashiq. They perform poems and melodies composed between the 17th and the 20th century in different regional styles: Ganjabasar known for its exuberant musicians, Borchaly which is famous for its masters of saz, and Shirvan small ensembles which have greatly influenced the mugham tradition.
(Double album. 88-page electronic booklet in English, French, Azerbaijanese with photographs, biographies and translations of the poems)