The largest province of the People’s Republic of China, Xinjiang covers one sixth of the country’s mass. Situated on the old Silk Road, it is home to more than 40 ethnic groups, representing a total of 30 million.
The Muslim village of Uyghur is one of the largest of these groups and a notable part of its colorful culture is the Muqam. A set of 12 complex melodies used by Uyghur musicians as a formula to lead improvisation and composition.
Varieties of this kind of music can be found throughout the region, from Azerbaijan in the west to China in the east.
Omar Akhun was a well-known composer Uyghur and musical actor. He is known for his Muqam melodies, often composed in the 12 Muqams.
He was responsible, together with Turdi Akhun in the fifties, to systematically compose and play songs in the melodic structure of the style, taking the first in modern times to do such a tedious task.
A group of Pakistani artists visited the Muqam Cultural Center, in which the talented group has extensively used the specialized building housing spaces and the specialist buildings, a full-featured performance auditorium, according to a statement published by the National Council of Arts on its official Facebook page, a library of audio and video reference and research, all necessary components that have helped to reach the set its inimitable level.
Upon arrival, the director and the management of the Muqam Center gave the Pakistani artists a warm welcome and provided detailed information and a tour of the complex.
An exclusive performance was organized for the group of Pakistani cultural caravans, and the Pakistani musicians also complemented the performance of Pakistani pieces of music.
This led musicians from both countries to work with their musical instruments and genres. The result was a magnificent and unique experience for all those present, with Rubab and the Ghijek (curved instrument Uyghur) in beautiful harmony, and the Bansuri flows in harmony with the notes of the Uyghur Flute.
The musicians from both countries have started a collaborative project of collaborative music, which they want to show at the Grand Exhibition at the height of the cultural caravan.