Folk Melodies of the Turkic World in Japan for the first time

Folk Melodies of the Turkic World in Japan for the first time

Monday, 05 November 2018

Turkic Folk Melodies in Japan for the First Time

This year, the International Organization of Turkic Culture  TURKSOY which is the UNESCO of the Turkic World celebrates its  25th anniversary. Now, TURKSOY which has been carrying out events and activities all around the world with the contribution of famous artists of the Turkic World since its establishment is getting ready to hold its first official event in Japan prior to the “Year of Turkey in Japan 2019”.

Together with famous soloists from TURKSOY member countries, the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY which was established in  2016 will give concerts in Japan to introduce folk melodies of the Turkic World to audiences in Japan.

This year, the orchestra will take the scene with talented artists from  countries of the Turkic World  including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Bashkortostan (RF), Khakassia (RF), Tyva (RF), Sakha-Yakutia (RF), Gagauzia (Moldova) and Mongolia together with soloists and dancers. Hence, with this tour, TURKSOY which had previously held a historical celebration event in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York with the same orchestra will further transcend borders and introduce the cultural cooperation among Turkic speaking countries to the world. 

50 artists from 12 countries

The tour which will be hosted by ministries of culture of TURKSOY member countries along with embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Turkey in Japan will take place in cooperation of TURKSOY wit the Yunus Emre Institute and the Archers’ Foundation. Within  the framework of the tour, the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY will give concerts in  Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama and Hamamatsu. 

This year, the orchestra will take the scene with 50 artists from 12 countries. During the tour, senior artists of the orchestra will give masterclasses in folk dances  and instruments of the Turkic World.

First concert in Istanbul

Prior to its tour in Japan, the “Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY” will give a concert in Istanbul. The concert which will be organized in cooperation of TURKSOY with the Archers’ Foundation will be take place in the  Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on November 7th, 2018 at 07.30 p.m. and be accessible for free. Following its concert in Istanbul, the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY, will go on tour in Japan where it will give 6 concerts in 4 different cities between November 13th-20th, 2018.

Gara Garayev and Chingis Aitmatov  will be commemorated in  Japan

With this tour in Japan, TURKSOY which has dedicated  the year 2018 to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Gara Garayev and the 90th anniversary of Chingis Aitmatov upon decision of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of Turkic Speaking Countries  will further pursue its worldwide promotion of illustrious personalities of the Turkic World. Within this framework, the concert of the orchestra which will perform works by the Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev in Tokyo on November 16th, 2018  will be dedicated to the Kyrgyz author Chingis Aitmatov. As part of commemorative events of TURKSOY, a commemorative meeting will also be held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Japan.

Secretary General Kasseinov: Turkic peoples and the Japanese people are very similar to eachother

In the statement he made prior to the tour, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov said: “This tour is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of our organization. Indeed, we have got the opportunity to hold many events  not only in Europe and America this year but also in Japan. As an international organization which was established 25 years ago by the ministers of culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, TURKSOY has reached major achievements within a quarter of a century. While we are joyfully celebrating these achievements all together, we are working further on new goals we want to reach. Every year, we try to widen the scope of our activities to make our voice heard in places we have never been to before. In this respect, this will be the first time we will be reaching out to an audience in Japan. The orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY features folk instruments of TURKSOY member countries and introduces  traditional folk instruments of the Turkic World to its audience for the first time such as the tar of Azerbaijan, the dombra and kyl kobyz of  Kazakhstan the kamancha and qanun of Turkey along with instruments which it may have never heard of before such as the Gyjak, Rubab, Chopo Choor, Kyl Kiak, Doyra and  Balaban.

Our orchestra which gathers 50 artists from 12 nations is the only one of its kind. I think that the Japanese people will strongly appreciate it. As a matter of fact, there are many similarities between the Japanese and Turkic peoples. Our social relationships and the importance we attach to our traditions are very much alike. Of course, besides unveiling our similarities, we will also get the opportunity to introduce our rich cultural heritage to the people of Japan. Together with the entire Turkic World we will be holding these concerts prior to the official opening ceremony of the Year of Turkey in Japan 2019 and we wish these concerts to leave indelible traces in the memories of their audiences”.  


TURKSOY is an international organization which was established in order to strengthen ties of brotherhood among peoples sharing a common language, history and culture. The founding agreement of TURKSOY was signed  in Almaty on June 12th, 1993 by the ministers of culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan. It was later joined by autonomous republics of the Russian Federation: Altai, Bashkortostan, Khakassia, Sakha-Yakutia, Tatarstan and Tyva  along with Gagauzia (Moldova) and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which became member states of the organization with an observer status. Since its establishment, TURKSOY which is refered to as the UNESCO of the Turkic World has been carrying out activities to explore, promote and transmit the common Turkic culture to future generations.

Calendar of the Tour

November 7th, 2018 – Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul

November 13th, 2018 – Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

November 14th, 2018 – Culttz Kawasaki Concert Hall, Kawasaki

November 15th, 2018 – Kenmin Kyosai Mirai Concert Hall, Yokohama

November 16th, 2018 – Akasaka Civic Concert Hall, Tokyo

November 18th, 2018 – Hamamatsu Museum of Music Instruments, Hamamatsu

November 20th, 2018 – Meguro Persimmon Concert Hall, Tokyo