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Nastor Ensemble Wins 2nd Place in Uzbek Forum

Nastor Ensemble Wins 2nd Place in Uzbek ForumNastor Ensemble Wins 2nd Place in Uzbek Forum

Traditional musical ensemble Nastor won the second place at the 1st Maqom Art Forum in Shakhrisabz City, Uzbekistan, September 6-10.

The ensemble received the $7,000 prize as the second best soloist group, beating 30 other competitors.

Nastor members include singer Ali Momenian, qanun player Farideh Rezaei, Mostafa Momenian on tonbak, Kamancheh player Shiva Abedi and Kiarash Rouzbahani who plays tar, ILNA reported.

The group earlier participated in musical festivals in Azerbaijan, Malaysia and Armenia.

Maqom International Art Forum seeks to popularize maqom (maqam) music, as one of the famous genre of classical and musical art in the East.

According to Uzbekistan.travel.com, maqom emerged in the Middle Ages and is considered the pinnacle of eastern professional music of the oral tradition.

The term maqom originated from the Arabic language and means “place” and, in the music perspective, “melody”.

According to researchers, this kind of music was born from the ancient tradition of canonized chants.

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