Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana Qasimova are the most celebrated exponents of Azeri mugham, one of the most beautiful of Islamic music traditions
The Wigmore Hall is renowned for great voices and instrumentalists. But last night the ensemble was very different from a regular classical song or chamber music recital. The two vocalists were Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana Qasimova, from Azerbaijan. They are the most celebrated exponents of Azeri mugham, one of the most beautiful of Islamic music traditions, too little-known in the West.
This concert, organised by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, evolved out a book called The Other Classical Musics by Michael Church, which investigates the many classical music traditions of the world — Indian, Arabic, Central Asian and others — alongside Western music.
Source: London Evening Standard
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