Time | Date: 7 PM, 18th March, 2011
LONDON UYGHUR ENSEMBLE NAWRUZ PARTY
SOAS (University of London) G2 7pm March 18th. Celebrating the coming of the spring with traditional music and dance from the Central Asian Uyghur Community. Free of charge, Open to all, No need to book.
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Event No: 22
Date: 20th February, 2011
London Uyghur Ensemble performs for The PEN Conference on Uyghur-Hungarian Writers literature & cultural exchange symposium of PEN International Ural-Altai Network Conference on 21 February, 2011. Venue: President Hotel Budapest, Hungary. Time 7:00 pm
The Uyghur PEN calling it second Congress from February 20-24, 2011 in Budapest - Hungary. Congress schedule include report from 2011 and future plan - project of Uyghur PEN. With this opportunity Uyghur PEN, Hungarian PEN and Hungarian writers union call literal and Cultural exchange conference. These events are first time in the history of this two cousin’s after long 1500 years of separation.
The PEN Conference on Uyghur-Hungarian Writers literature and cultural exchange symposium of PEN International Ural - Altai Network Conference (21st February Afternoon) will be a half a day, combined cultural and literary gathering. The conference will bring together writers, poets, Journalist and linguists of Uyghur and Hungarian people - languages family of “Ural-Altaic” language. On the literary side, the conference will include presentations of papers on literature and freedom of expression, we will invite poets from these countries to read their original work. For the cultural context of the conference, on 21st February 7:00 PM - The London Uyghur Ensemble give performance of Uyghur folk music & song.
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Event No: 21
Date: 7th January 2011
London Uyghur Ensemble performs for the Dawn Foundation
London Uyghur Ensemble performs for the Dawn Foundation: Remembering The Forgotten Muslims of China - Charity Dinner 7th January 2011. Supporting Poor, Orphan Children and Elderly in China Venue: Hilton London Paddington Hotel. Starts 6:30 pm
Supporting Poor, Orphan Children and Elderly in China
An Orphan girl named Adila who lived with her grandmother. Adila’s parents had passed away when she was five years old. Now aged eight, she lived with her elderly grandmother in a small rented room which they called home. Like, Ibrahim, this family was from another city called Kashghar (located just north of Pakistan and linked by Karakorum highway from Gilgit). Although grandmother has lived in Urumqi for more than twenty five years, she did not receive any government help. Adila did not go to school because her grandmother could afford to pay £7 per month fees to the school.
There was no coal to cook food or heat the room and most of the time they survived by
eating dry Nan bread with water. In addition, grandmother was very ill.
Venue: Hilton London Paddington Hotel, 146 Praed Street, London W2 E11
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Event No: 20
Date: 25th November 2010
London Uyghur Ensemble concert at the Manchester University
- Thursday 25th November 2010 13:10
Vocalist: Rahima Mahmut
The traditional music and dance of the Central Asian Uyghurs: thrilling vocals are accompanied by long-necked lutes, spike fiddle and frame drum. This easternmost example of maqām, with its ‘limping’ rhythms and ecstatic poetry, is deeply imbued with the Sufi ethos.
Venue: The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester
Admission Price: FREE
The University of Manchester
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Event No: 19
Date: 23rd October 2010
London Uyghur Ensemble performs for the Bloomsbury Festival 2010
- Saturday 23 October 2010 17:00 - 17:45
SOAS World Music Stage
Maqams & Dances from Central Asia
This set will feature the entrancing songs and instrumental music of the Central Asian Uyghurs. Based in London, the group includes Uyghur musicians from the Uyghur homeland, East Turkistan (the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and from the Uyghur diaspora in Kyrgyzstan, in collaboration with professional British musicians. Singer Rahima will be accompanied by an ensemble of long-necked lutes, spike fiddle and frame drum. Deeply imbued by the Sufi ethos, with its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry this easternmost example of maqam traditions will open the doors to a new musical world.
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Event No: 18
Date: 21th October 2010
London Uyghur Ensemble performs at the Newcastle University
- Thursday 21th October 2010 Time 13:10 - 14:00
- Live Music in the King's Hall, Newcastle University
The first group in the UK to perfrom the music of the Central Asian Uyghurs: thrilling vocals accompanied by long-necked lutes, a spike fiddle and a frame drum. This easternmost example of the maqam traditions of the Islamic world, with its 'limping' rhythms and ecstatic poetry, is deeply imbued with the Sufi ethos.
Despite continuous economic, social and cultural discrimination, the music and culture of the Uyghurs flourishes. Some of the musicians in London Uyghur Ensemble came to Britain as refugees, but they have tried to preserve their cultural heritage by starting this ensemble.
- For further details, please visit organiser's website:
Event No: 17
Date: 8th & 9th July 2010
London Uyghur Ensemble performs for the "FREEDOM & OPRESSION" FØrde Festival 2010 in Forde, Norway
- Thursday 8 July 20:00-21:30 Freedom and oppression
Hall, Forde House
- Thursday 8 July 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM SUMMER NIGHT ON J∅lster
J∅lstramuseet, Vassenden. Bus from Forde House 22.15, returning after the concert.
- Friday 9 July 2010 2:00 to 3:00 PM Haarklousalen, Old Bank
Kr 170/50. The festival pass for $ 100/50.
The London Uyghur Ensemble
London Uyghur Ensemble plays traditional Uyghur music from Central Asia. The group is based in London and composed of musicians from East Turkistan (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China) and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Uyghur music enthusiasts from Britain.
The music of Uyghurs is closely related to other Central Asian musical traditions, but also to music across the Muslim world. The song style is highly ornamented, and often uses asymmetrical rhythms and ecstatic prose, as is often found in Sufi-influenced music. The various Uyghur regions have their own distinctive style and repertoire that extends from pure pentatonic melodies in the east to the more modal and complex repertoire of Kashgar.
Uyghur is a little known, but numerous minority that inhabits the great desert and mountain region of China’s Xinjiang region, also called East Turkistan. Despite continuous economic, social and cultural discrimination, the music and culture of the Uyghurs flourishes. Some of the musicians in London Uyghur Ensemble came to Britain as refugees, but they have tried to preserve their cultural heritage by starting this ensemble.
London Uyghur Ensemble: Rahima Mahmut vocals, dance | Nizamidin Sametov tambur | Rachel Harris dutar | Rustam Saliev dap | Kamil Abbas rawap | Yalckun Abdurehim dance
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Event No: 16
Date: 17th June 2010 Time: Starts 8:00 PM
London Uyghur Ensemble concert at the Islington Folk Club, London on 17th June 2010
The Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0AG
Admission is £7.00 (£5.00 for members)
Four musicians and one singer/dancer with music from the Uyghur people, who live in East Turkestan, with a wide diaspora in central Asia (and Haringey). They play the long-necked tambur and dutar lutes, ghijak spike fiddle and percussion.
Contact phone: (020) 7253 6068
Email Martin Nail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Event No: 15
Date: 30th May 2010 Time: Starts 14:30 PM
The London Uyghur Ensemble Performs in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) on May 30th 2010.
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Event No: 14
Date: 9th April 2010 Time: Starts 7:30 PM, Finishes 10:30 PM
The London Uyghur Ensemble Performs at the St Ethelburga's Centre on April 9th, 2010
The London Uyghur Ensemble is performing at St Ethelburga's Centre, London April 9th, 2010 7:30 pm through 10:30 pm.
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Advance booking is highly recommended due to limited seating capacity
Venue: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG, United Kingdom
Contact Phone: 07776 136 609
For further information, please visit St Ethelburga's Centre website:
Event No: 13
Date: 19 March 2010 Time: Starts 7:00 PM, Finishes 9:00 PM
SOAS Department of Music, University of London
Nowruz Celebration with live music from The London Uyghur Ensemble
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Type of Event: Celebration
Further info about the London Uyghur Ensemble: http://www.uyghurensemble.co.uk
Centres and Programmes Office, email@example.com or Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4892/3
Organiser: SOAS Department of Music and Centres & Programmes (REO)
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Event No: 12 Date: 5.00 pm, 3rd November 2009
Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge
Music and identity in the Middle East and Central Asia
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA, UK.
The London Uyghur Ensemble:
Performing Central Asian Muslim identity in China and in the UK
Lecture by Rachel Harris with live performance by members of the London Uyghur Ensemble. Rachel Harris is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in ethnomusicology and on the music of Central Asia and China. She was co-editor of the journal ‘Ethnomusicology Forum’ between 2004 and 2007. Her book, ‘Singing the Village: memories, music and ritual amongst the Sibe of Xinjiang’ is published by Oxford University Press (2004). Her current research specialism is in Uyghur music; she has published on aspects of the music culture from ritual contexts to globalisation, pop and identity politics. She co-edited the cross-disciplinary volume ‘Situating the Uyghurs between China and Central Asia’ (Ashgate 2007), and her latest book is on the Uyghur Muqam: ‘The Making of a Musical Canon in Chinese Central Asia’ (Ashgate 2008). She has collaborated in the production of several CD recordings, and plays dutar with the London Uyghur Ensemble.
Contact person: Sophie Anderson. Tel: (+44)01223 335103
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Event No: 11
Date: 24 February 2009
Time: starts 7:00 pm Ticket price: £8.00
Venue: University Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
University of Sheffield Concert Series:
London Uyghur Ensemble
Music and dance of the Uyghurs, a little known mountain race of North West China.Expect thrilling vocals, accompanied by longnecked lutes, spike fiddles and frame drums. With its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry all deeply imbued with the sufi ethos, this event is mystical, musical eye-opener not to be missed.
Rahima Mahmut (singer)
Nizamidin Sametov (tambur)
Stephen Jones (violin/ghijak)
Rachel Harris (dutar)
Rustam Saliev (dap)
Organised by: University of Sheffield
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Event No: 10
Date: 17 February 2009
Time: Starts 7:00 PM Finishes 9:00 PM Free admission
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
SOAS Concert Series:
London Uyghur Ensemble
This concert will feature the entrancing songs and instrumental music of the Central Asian Uyghurs. Singer Rahima is accompanied by an ensemble of long-necked lutes, spike fiddle and frame drum. Deeply imbued by the Sufi ethos, with its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry this easternmost example of maqam traditions will open the doors to a new musical world.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Tel: 020 7898 4500
Organised by: Department of Music, SOAS
Event No: 9
Date: 29th January 2009
Time: Starts 8:30 PM Admission: £7.00. (£5.00 for members)
Venue: The Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0AG
Islington Folk Club:
London Uyghur Ensemble
The London Uyghur Ensemble is performing at the Islington Folk Club, London on 29th January 2009, performance starts from 8.30pm. For further details, please visit the Islington Folk Club website:
Bernard Puckett (email@example.com) tel: (020) 7253 6068
Event No: 8
Date: Wed 15 OCT 2008 6.30-7.30pm
Venue: Asian Music Circuit, Unit GE West Point, 33-34 Warple Way, London W3
The London Uyghur Ensemble
perform traditional songs and maqam from Central Asia
The London Uyghur Ensemble is the UK's first locally-based group performing the music and dance of the Central Asian Uyghurs. Rahima Mahmut's thrilling vocals are accompanied by an ensemble of long-necked lutes, a spike fiddle and a frame drum. Deeply imbued with the Sufi ethos, with its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry, this easternmost example of the maqam traditions of the Islamic world opens up new musical horizons for its audiences.
Event No: 7
Location: Sidmouth, Devon, UK
The London Uyghur Ensemble is performing at the "Sidmouth Folk Week 2008" Festival, Parish Church, Sidmouth, Devon, UK on 7th August 2008, 6.30pm - 7.15pm. For further details, please visit "Sidmouth Folk Week 2008" website:
Event No: 6
Date: 12/07/2008 Time: 1pm,
Location: London, Hyde Park, UK
The London Uyghur Ensemble is delighted to invite you its first large London public performance at the "DIASPORA LONDON MUSIC VILLAGE 2008" Festival, HYDE PARK, by the Serpentine lake, London, on Saturday 12th July. Nearest tube Hyde Park Corner. We start our performance from 1 pm, and play for 45 minutes. The festival will continue with other world music bands until 9pm.
We hope that London's Uyghurs will come and join us on stage to show off your fantastic Uyghur dancing. Wear your finest national dress and don't be shy. Please come and join us. This is a rare occasion for all of us to enjoy music and a picnic in one of London's best parks. At least 1,000 people attend this festival, and this is a great chance to introduce our culture to them in a way they won�t forget. For further details, visit the organisers� website:
Event No: 5
Date: 5/07/2008 Time: 6.30pm,
Location: Montague Place
Event No: 4
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The London Uyghur Ensemble - Central Asia
Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
faith is a source of conflict... and a resource for transforming conflict. Music can speak powerfully about human experiences of conflict and can enable us to cross cultural and religious boundaries.
Fri 11 April ~ doors open 7pm, music at 7.30pm
The UK´s first locally-based group performing the entrancing songs and instrumental music of the Central Asian Uyghurs.
Singer Rahima and dancer Yalckun are accompanied by our ensemble of long-necked lutes, spike fiddle and frame drum. Deeply imbued by the Sufi ethos, with its limping rhythms and ecstatic poetry this easternmost example of maqām traditions opens new musical worlds for its audiences.
This event is £10 and can be paid on the door.
St Ethelburga'sCentre website:
Event No: 3
Location: Dublin, Ireland
12th International CHIME Conference
School of Music, University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland 11 to 14 October 2007
Participation in this meeting is open to all interested scholars and students in the realms of Asian Studies, (Ethno-)Musicology, Sinology, Anthropology and all related fields, as well as to musicians and others interested or active in the realms of Chinese and Asian music. The conference is hosted and organized by the School of Music at UCD. Note that you are not obliged to give a presentation in order to participate. We also warmly welcome people who would like to listen in!
We will have a fine selection of vocal and instrumental music in (or near) China, and music in the diaspora, including performances by the London Uyghur Ensemble
, Mongolian epic singers, the Silk String Quartet, and zheng player Sun Zhuo.
Further details on the CHIME website:
University College of Dublin website:
Event No: 2
Location: London, UK
London Uyghur Ensemble's performance
at St Pancras Centre
Refugee Week 2007
Friday 22nd June from 12-4pm
London Uyghur Ensemble play from 3.30-4pm
The Crypt, Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8JU
Event No: 1
Date: 26/05/2007 Location: London, UK
A Celebration of Spring with Music from Central Asia and Turkey
Featuring the London Uyghur Ensemble
The SOAS Middle East Ensemble
Saturday May 26th‚ 7pm
St Marks Church St Marks Square, Prince Albert Rd, London NW1 7TN, (Camden Tube)