Bandistan is an exciting new ensemble of young musicians from four countries in Central Asia. On July 17, together with guest U.S. musicians, they will perform a live accompaniment to acclaimed film The Color of Pomegranates by Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov.

The Color of Pomegranates (1969) is based on the life of the Armenian poet Sayat Nova and presented in the form of a tableaux following the poet’s coming of age and his discovery of love and sensuality. The ensemble will improvise an exciting accompaniment to the film blending regional music with contemporary western sounds. The instruments used for the performance include the Qyl Qyiak, Qomuz, Temir Ooz, Zhygach Ooz,Komuz, Kyl-kyiak,Tanbur, Dutar, and Badakhshani Rubab.

This performance is a culmination of a unique international musical exchange conceived to support the development of contemporary and traditional music within Central Asia. The project was organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with Found Sound Nation and the Uzbek ensemble OMNIBUS and with the generous support of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.