UNIVERSAL RELIEF FOUNDATION Presents:
Young Kyrgyz Musicians – We Have Talent to Share
“Young Kyrgyz Musicians –We Have Talent to Share”.
The goal of the project is to help two young musicians from Kyrgyzstanto to find their way and succeed in their musical career!
Two young Kyrgyz musicians,Beksultan Mamatkulov andMars Zhaiylov, are the winners of many local and International musical competitions and festivals, such as “Turk Vizyon 2013”, “Frunze Life”.
Both of the musicians are graduates of Kyrgyzstan State Musical School named after M. Kurenkeev. They have a great experience of working in a number of musical groups, including National orchestra of the Mayor Office of Bishkek City.
Beksultan Mamatkulov and Mars Zhaiylov are two young Kyrgyz musicians that have outstanding talents to share with the world. They are visiting August 31- September 8, 2015.
Universal Relief, Inc. as a participant and a co-sponsor of the Kyrgyz Independence Daycelebration has invited these two young professional Kyrgyz musicians to participate in the event. The event will take place on August 31, 2015 at Kaufman MUSIC Center General Information at 129 West 67th St., New York, NY 10023
The celebration will be based on the Epic of Manas – a traditional epic poem about a national hero of the Kyrgyz people. The monumental epic Manas is the most treasured expression of the national heritage of the Kyrgyz people. Manas is a famous hero of the great Kyrgyz Epos. The Manas Epic is Kyrgyzstan’s most important cultural treasure and one of the world’s greatest oral poems. To the Kyrgyz, who regard it as their sacred ancient history, it goes to the heart of their spiritual identity and is a symbol of their nationalism and culture.
Dating back 1,000 years, it has been passed down through manaschi – story-tellers. The epic, a collection of myths, folklore and legends about the warrior-hero Manas and his successors, reflects Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic past, beset by enemies and constant battles. Its theme of the struggle for freedom still resonates powerfully with the Kyrgyz today.
Manas Epic tells a story about how Kyrgyz people fight bravely to create wonderful life and magnify the great love. The poem contains Manas’ whole life of leading people fight against the dark rule of China and Kalmak. Seeing the painful life of his people, Manas had been filled with hate against plunderer since young age. He swore to revenge his people. Manas had grown into a powerful hero when he was very young. He united the oppressed nations nearby to fight together, creating a peaceful and fine life for all peoples. Manas was proclaimed Khan King, being the generally accepted leader of all peoples oppressed by Kalmak. After he was badly injured in this war and passed away after he had returned to Talas, after which Kyrgyz people were thrown back to pain and disaster.
Historical Significance of the Epic of Manas is a typical heroic epic with profound people characteristics and thoughts. There was a theme through out the whole poem: unite all oppressed people to fight against the enslavement of foreign ruler for freedom and better life. The epic poem displays that the enslaved people are unconquerable and admire the ancient Kyrgyz people’s will to fight against invaders. Manas is an encyclopedic collection of all Kirgiz myths, folk tales and legends brought together in time and centered around the hero Manas. The epic Manas is not only the history of the Kirgiz people, but also a true epic drama which widely reflects all the aspects of their lives: their ethnic composition, economy, traditions and customs, morals and values, aesthetics, codes of behavior, their relationship with their surroundings and nature, their religious worldviews, their knowledge about astronomy and geography, and artistic oral poetry and language.
On May 20th, 2009, Manas Epic was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.
Today there are about sixty versions of the Epic Manas recorded from various epic singers and oral poets. Storytellers or epic singers developed some of those major historical events into epic songs in which they glorified the life and the deeds of the hero. Manas is sung without an accompaniment of any musical instrument both by men and women, but traditionally male singers were more popular because they traveled more than women. The Epic of Manas reflects the aspiration of the Kirgiz people to unity and peace restoration in their territory. It describes a lot of spectacular scenes of battles. Along with the epic scenes it describes love and faithfulness of the heroes to their wives which have been be rhymed by the Kirgiz in their songs for many centuries.
The epic poem celebrates the life of Manas – the mythical folk hero who protected the land and the Kyrgyz nation in historical times. The poem itself depicts the traditional way of life for the Kyrgyz and their customs, morals, rituals as well as their knowledge of geography, medicine and religion, and of other countries and people. The emphasis of the poem is the Kyrgyz people’s struggle for independence; Manas highlights values common to all Kyrgyz people including social justice, dignity, and love of their homeland, traditions, and neighbors.
The poem is sometimes accompanied by traditional music. Music is an important part of historic nomad culture, and the instruments and folklore of pre-Islamic times are reflected in it. In ancient times, instruments were crafted from endemic natural materials, which produce the unique sounds found in this region. The range of instruments used produce differing sounds include a komuz (three-stringed lute), a temir-komuz (metallic key instrument), a sybyzgy (a wooden wind instrument), a dobulbas drum, and a chopo-choor (clay wind instrument).
Only a person with a rich inner spirit can have the talent to narrate Manas to his people and we think two young Kyrgyz musicians, Beksultan Mamatkulov and Mars Zhaiylov will be a great assets to the event of the Kyrgyz Independence Day celebration and would be able to perfectly represent Kyrgyz culture and tell the people of the world about Epic of Manas.