September 18, 2019

An exhibition of unique music instruments related to world nations opens at the Heydar Aliyev Centre

On September 17, inauguration of the exhibition “Music instruments: unity and diversity” took place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.


Rector of the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire, People’s Artist, professor Siyavush Karimi, People’s Artist, tarzan, professor Ramiz Guliyev and People’s Artist, professor of the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire, khanendeh Mansum Ibrahimov addressed the ceremony.


Then, participants of the event became familiarized with the exhibition.


A unique collection gathered by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation from various sources – some 200 music instruments related to the 18th – 20th centuries – are displayed at the exhibition.


They are music instruments related to 31 countries – Azerbaijan, Albania, Bulgaria, China, Dagestan (the Russian Federation), Afghanistan, Algeria, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Hungary, Macedonia, Morocco, Egypt, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Yemen and Greece.


Azerbaijan’s music culture and history too has been widely represented at the exhibition. Some 50 national music instruments are demonstrated here.


Among the exhibits are a kamancha with scenes from N.Ganjavi’s “Khamsa” depicted on, adorned with gold, brilliant and mother-pearl, as well as the “jura” naghara of Sheki related to the 18th century.


There are also musical instruments belonging to renowned art figures. Gavals (tambourine) belonging to People’s artists of Azerbaijan Khan Shushinski, Rubaba Muradova, Abulfat Aliyev, Aghakhan Abdullayev, tars belonging to Habib Bayramov, Mohlat Muslumov, Ramiz Guliyev and Jeyran Hashymova, Aftandil Israfilov’s garmon, saz belonging to Honoured art figure Ashyg Adalat Nasibov, balaban belonging to famous player of balaban Nizam Fataliyev, and kamancha of Honoured Artist Adalat Vezirov are displayed at the exhibition.


The instrument made by People’s Artist Natig Shirinov on the basis of a percussion instrument called “kupeh”, which existed in Azerbaijan in the 5th millennium B.C., a naghara made by him on the basis of a tambourine related to the 4th millennium B.C. and the first stereophonic stringed music instrument “Stereo Buta”, invented in Azerbaijan in 2015, too are among the exhibits.


In the NASA section of the exhibition, visitors can listen to the Azerbaijani music, which was sent, together with other 27 music pieces belonging to other world nations, in the “Voyager -1” spacecraft to the cosmos in 1977.


In the room “Mugham” are presented video trailers comprised of performances by famous Azerbaijani khanendehs, and the monitors installed in the exposition demonstrate the Azerbaijani mugham inscribed into UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List, as well as music pieces related to the ashyg art, and tar and kamancha performances.


Along with viewing each music instrument, visitors have a chance to also listen to it and, above all, to become acquainted with performance features of the instrument. To this end, a screen and an equipment have been installed at the exposition to individually listen to video and audio recordings.


Personifying similarities among the music instruments of different countries, along with their differences, and the strength of music, the exhibition offers vast possibilities in terms of immortalizing Azerbaijan’s music history, and introducing cultures of individual countries and nations.