Over the past ten years, Bang on a Can has formed a dynamic bond with musicians from Central Asia, crisscrossing the globe to make music together. In 2009, two master musicians from Kyrgyzstan, Kambar Kalendarov and Kutman Sultanbekov, joined us for the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA.
Kambar and Kutman wowed everyone with their astounding range of virtuosity on a terrific collection of traditional Kyrgyz instruments. But it was the Kyrgyz jaw harp, with its ringing exotic tone, that most amazed festival audiences. The driving grooves, screaming overtone melodies, and clangorous harmonies create a psychedelic density that is undeniably now.