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Close-up of a Pojagi flag--a patchwork of blue, green, yellow and neutral tones

© DAVID O'CONNOR

A Journey in Color
This pojagi cloth was made by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) students, using traditional techniques of dying cloth in vats of indigo and hand-sewing it in particular patterns. The Silk Road Ensemble developed a musical work based on the worldwide migration of the dye indigo while in residence at RISD.


Fargana Qasimova

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"There was never any question about my being given to a teacher. Music was always just a part of everyday life - I sang with my father for fun, and it was only when I was around seventeen years old that I seriously understood that I'd be a musician."

- FARGANA QASIMOVA


Fargana Qasimova

Mugham vocals (Azerbaijan) Fargana Qasimova, Alim Qasimov's daughter and student, is an accomplished mugham singer. She studied mugham at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory (1996-2000). Her father has always been the major influence in her life and career. Qasimova grew up with sounds of mugham and verses from the classical poetry of Azerbaijan; since the age of four, she often performed along with her father at home.

In 1995, at the age of sixteen, Qasimova joined Qasimov on his concert tour to Germany for the first time. Since then, she has been performing frequently with Qasimov both in Azerbaijan, on the country’s most prestigious music stages such as the Heydar Aliyev Palace and the Azerbaijan Philharmonic Hall, and internationally.

Qasimova's performances at various concerts and festivals in Sweden, Japan, France, Austria, Belgium, England, Italy and Poland earned her a reputation of a master of mugham.

In 1999, Love's Deep Ocean, a CD featuring Qasimov and Qasimova, was released by Network Medien in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2002 at the Women's Voices Festival in Belgium, Qasimova made her first appearance as a soloist. She performs with the Silk Road Ensemble and has been featured in the 53-minute-long documentary Meditation Day, produced in Belgium in 2006.

Mugham Vocals

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Instrument
Mugham vocals


Other mugham performers
Rauf Islamov
Ali Asgar Mammadov

Alim Qasimov


Other Ensemble members from Azerbaijan
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
Rauf Islamov
Ali Asgar Mammadov
Alim Qasimov