The Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY will record a new album

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY gathering young talents of the Turkic World will  record an album featuring famous folk music melodies of the Turkic World.

Within the framework of its activities in Ankara this summer, the choir rehearsed under its conductors  Mrs.  Elnara Kerimova from Azerbaijan and Mrs.  Gulmira Kuttıbadamova from Kazakhstan. The album will feature famous melodies of various peoples of the Turkic World as well as world classics. 

Mrs. Elnara Kerimova who gave some information on activities carried out by the choir this summer said that following three gold medals it won at the 2nd World Choir Games in Germany shortly after its establishment in 2015, the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY will now record its first professional album. Mrs. Kerimova further said :  "The choir has been pursuing its activities for three years. This year, we have come together to record an album and to give concerts. As there are new singers who joined our choir this year, we need some time to get acquainted with eachother. This choir is composed of talented singers who are selected among conservatory students of the Turkic World. Their talent and vocational training make them belong to some of the best musicians of their respective countries of origin. This is why they are also able to successfully perform any song within a short period of rehearsals. 

Mrs. Kerimova who also stressed that the repertoire of the choir is carefully selected eery year so as to put an emphasis on folk songs of various Turkic peoples, added: "Our choir does not only perform colourful examples of Turkic music  but also famous songs of the Western world. Our repertoire as well as the album we are going to issue this year are both based on this principle. As a matter of fact, it features traditional folk songs of Turkic republics as well as famous melodies of Western classical music dating back to the 15th-16th centuries. Last year, we had issued an album featuring the performance of our choir during a concert.  This year, the choir will perform folk songs of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Turkey and its performance will be recorded in a professional studio for the first time. The album will also feature works by the famous Kazak composer Bakytjan Baikadamov on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birthday”.


Ms Fatime Ceferzade from Azerbaijan who was interviewed within the framework of the project said that she used to work as a soloist and that this will be the first time she sings in a choir. Ms. Ceferzade further stressed that the choir introduces not only the countries of origin of its singers but also the traditions thereof to the audience  and added: "In this choir, we are not only represented by our music but also by our traditions and customs. Now, we know Kazak, Kyrgyz, Bashkort, Turkmen, Chuvash, Tatar and Uzbek songs and we sing them. When we joined the choir, we considered ourselves as representatives of Azerbaijan, but since we have won the first prize of the 2nd European  Choir Games in Germany, we consider ourselves  as representatives  of TURKSOY. Each of us is now committed to represent TURKSOY which brings together the Turkic World under its auspices”.

Miran Zhanarbai from Kyrgyzstan who said that this is the first time he is part of an international choir  also stressed the fact that the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY  is a major project of the Turkic World regarding the education and future of young artists. Zhanarbai further said: "The choir is composed of very talented musicians of the Turkic World. This is the first time I have the opportunity to be part of such an exquisite choir. In this choir, we try to learn the music of Turkic republics and introduce it to our audiences. Now, we are so familiar with some of these songs that we keep singing them all the time. It is really a great feeling to sing these songs which move our hearts. These songs reflect the unique diversity of peoples and their feelings. This project is unique in the world. It is an interactive project in which we get acquainted with the music of other countries of the Turkic World while we also promote the music of our own respective countries. I think this choir is really a major investment in the future of young generations. Being part of this choir has opened up my mind so as to be able to view music from different perspectives."

Another new member of the choir this year is  Merbol Kuspanov who had been dreaming of this choir for the last three years, said that once he received the invitation letter of TURKSOY, he could hardly wait until the day he started singing in the choir: "Since the day the choir has been established, I have been dreaming of joining it. When I received the invitation letter two months ago, I started counting the days  until I was going to sing spongs of other countries as a member of this choir. I can say that this choir has great pedagogical value for us as future artists. The languages spoken by each of us are closely related, but sometimes there are phonetic differences which have an influence on the diversity of the music as well. What we are doing is to introduce this diversity to our audience as a richness. The music of the Turkic World is very colourful. Each country of the Turkic World has its own characteristic melodies  reflecting a rich cultural heritage. This is what makes the music of the Turkic World so unique and different compared to Western music or the music of other cultures. Rehearsing in this choir for one day is like participating in a masterclass of a famous artist. We came here from various countries of the Turkic World and we did not know eachother before. Now, we stand together and take the scene as members of the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY to proudly represent the Turkic World all together."


Gokhan Kalender from Turkey  who was also interviewed within the framework of the project stressed the fact that he was very excited to sing together with young students from the Turkic World  and said: "When I heard about the establishment of the  Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY, I was really very interested in this project. Indeed, the idea of a choir gathering musicians from various countries of the Turkic World sharing one common culture  sounded very exciting to me. Our conductors have guided us in our work and helped us understand the music conception of our respective countries, thus contributing to the enlargement of our horizons. This has been the first time I have sung in Kazakça, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen languages. This year again, we will record an album featuring the songs we will perform in our concerts. We all think that this album featuring world classics along with folk songs of the Turkic World will be very appreciated."

Within the framework of its programme this year, the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY will give a concert at the opening event of the 14th International Festival of Anatolian Culture and Art  which will last from August 11th to August 20th, 2017. Then, on August 12th-13th, 2017  the choir will record its album featuring world classics as well as works by composers of the Turkic World.

The summer programme of the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY will end with the Gala Concert which will be held in the Arı Studio of the TRT Channel on August 13th and will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birthday of the Kazak composer Bakytjan Baikadamov.

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