08ASTANA1816, KAZAKHSTAN: 2009 RHYTHM ROADS REQUEST

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08ASTANA1816 2008-09-19 09:51 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO6671
RR RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #1816 2630951
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 190951Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3345
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0641

UNCLAS ASTANA 001816 
 
SIPDIS 
 
ECA FOR COLOMBIA BARROSSE AND BOB KEITH 
SCA/PPD FOR MERRIE BLOCKER AND JESSICA PFLEIDERER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KPAO KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: 2009 RHYTHM ROADS REQUEST 
 
1.  Embassy Astana wishes to request American musicians through the 
Rhythm Road program in 2009.  Post's application is keyed to the 
questions outlined in State 90853. 
 
--Preferred Music Style:  American roots music (country western or 
bluegrass) 
 
--Preferred Timeframe:  Spring 2009, March-April (first choice) or 
January-February (second choice).  We have no black out dates.  A 
visit during Kazakhstan's long winter months would generate 
particularly good audience turnout. 
 
--Priority Objectives:  The preservation and promotion of 
traditional music is a visible part of Kazakhstan's effort to build 
a modern nation with a strong sense of history and national 
identity.  By exposing Kazakhstani audiences to our cultural 
heritage through American roots music, we will increase 
U.S.-Kazakhstani understanding.  There are similarities between 
instruments traditionally used in American roots music, such as the 
guitar and fiddle, and traditional Kazakh instruments, such as the 
dombra and kylkobyz.  Both musical traditions also share some 
similar themes, such as the importance of wide open spaces. 
 
--Audiences:  USG alumni recently approached us to express a 
particular appreciation for this type of music and an interest in 
sharing it with a wider Kazakhstani audience.  In addition to USG 
alumni, our target audience would also include music students, 
professors, and the Kazakh-speaking general public.  We have 
previously hosted a number of very well received jazz and classical 
musicians, but have not exposed Kazakhstani audiences to American 
roots music. 
 
--Possible Venue Institutions:  The National Academy of Music 
(Astana), Zhastar Palace (Astana), Conservatoire (Almaty), 
Baiseitova and Zhubanova music schools (Almaty), Museum of Musical 
Instruments (Almaty), Music College (Aktobe), West Kazakhstan Folk 
Orchestra (Uralsk), Music School (Uralsk).  All of the music schools 
mentioned above have faculties that specialize in traditional Kazakh 
music.  We would also consider organizing a joint concert with the 
national Kazakh ensemble "Magic of Nomads," the first Kazakh group 
to record an album at London's Abbey Road studio 
(www.magicofnomads.kz) 
 
--Possible Venue Cities: Astana, Almaty, Aktobe, Uralsk. 
 
--Security:  Kazakhstan is a stable country; we do not anticipate 
any particular security concerns. 
 
Milas

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