New York successfully hosted a gala concert of Kyrgyz classical and folk music in the famous Merkin Concert Hall, the Kyrgyz-American Fund reported.
Celebrities of American and Kyrgyz music, pianists Aza Sydykov, Joel Martin, Kairy Koshoeva, Jonathan Levin, opera diva Nicoleta Rallis, cellist Nurmira Greenberg, as well as komuz players Perizat Kopobaeva and Elvira Abdilova presented for the first time the masterpieces of outstanding Kyrgyz composers to the New York public. The concert also featured world premieres of original arrangement of Kyrgyz folk melodies by American pianists and composers: Jonathan Levin, Joel Martin and the Kyrgyz-Israeli composer Mikhail Burshtin.
The Kyrgyz-American Fund was created by three New York artists — Azamat Sydykov, Jonathan Levin and Nicoleta Rallis. Its goal is to strengthen humanitarian, civil and cultural ties between the US and Kyrgyzstan, to support the values of freedom and education through education and culture.