Shashmaqam Forever

The Masters of Central Asian Classical Music- A memorial Concert for Turgun Alimatov is held at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall located on 154 West 57 Street, New York, NY.  For Tickets please contact Carnegie Hall Box Office located at 57th St. and 7th Av, Carnegie Charge at 212 247 78 00 or online at



Turgun Alimatov (1921-2008) was a master performer of the Uzbek Tradition Music and Shashmaqam, the 1,000-year old classical music system of Central Asia.  His music transcended religious, linguistic and ethnic divides as well as the twentieth century political borders.

Inspired by his artistry and teachings of inclusiveness, a consortium of New York-based cultural and academic institutions, Uzbek-American Art Foundation, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, City University of New York Graduate Center, World Music Institute, the  Congress of Bukharian Jews of USA and Canada, Bukharian Jewish Community Center, the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York, Uzbek Initiative, Izkhak Mavashev Fundation  produces the Turgun Alimatov Memorial Institute: The First International Shashmaqam Symposium and Concert Series.

The Alimatov Institute will bring together for the first time master performers and scholars of Shashmaqam dispersed over three continents.  This historic series is designed to focus attention and scholarship on an endangered cultural treasure of Central Asia that was developed by Muslim and Jewish musicians over millennia.


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