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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 TOWN HALL SEATTLE, 7:30PM
Ordo Sakhna
Presented by Town Hallʼs Global Rhythm series and Earshot Jazz.
$22 advance, $24 day of show, students and seniors $3 discount BUY NOW

Ordo SakhnaOrdo Sakhna, best defined as a folklore group, will perform at Town Hall, brining to Seattle a rare glimpse of their native land – Kyrgyzstan.

The best way to appreciate the art of Ordo Sakhna is to take a closer look at where they come from and under what circumstances they work. Kyrgyzstan is a small, mostly Muslim country of about five million in Central Asia. For most of the 20th century it was within the borders and influence of Soviet Union.  With the disintegration of the USSR came Kyrgyz independence and natural post-Soviet challenges.

In American media Kyrgyzstan is an occasional minor news story about what actually is a major U.S. military support operation. Kyrgyzstan is U.S. military’s last major transportation hub before Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan is leasing out a former Soviet air base to the U.S., bringing a steady cash flow into struggling Kyrgyz economy.  Recent events did not shine a kind light on Kyrgyzstan. There were violent clashes between various groups, vying for limited economic opportunities. But beneath the complicated layers of local and usually corrupt politics, lies an amazingly rich cultural tradition that has been nurtured since the 5th century.

Today, Ordo Sakhna is the strongest voice of preserving and sharing this tradition, both inside and beyond Kyrgyzstan’s borders. Formed in 1998, the group of conservatory trained musicians made it their life’s work to study and perform Kyrgyz folklore. Kyrgyz tradition does not separate poetry, music, dance, and oral history, because all elements are viewed as one. Ordo Sakhna brings to the audience a carefully restored look into Kyrgyz culture.

In its core, Kyrgyz culture is semi-nomadic. Even prior to the introduction of Islam in 8th century, Kyrgyz people developed a culture based on their lives constants: movement of herds, sound of wind, and warmth of a yurt dwelling.

Through voice, dance, and the sound of traditional instruments, such as komuz (a three-string lute) and kyl kyak (a frame drum), Ordo Sakhna achieves what they set out to do from the start: giving the ancient Kyrgyz folklore its continuity.

-Greg Pincus
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