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  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Jazz, once forbidden, now washes through Kyrgyzstan

    Wedding ceremonies in the mountainous Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan traditionally are accompanied by folk songs and, increasingly, Russian pop music — but these days, revelers might be treated to the once-forbidden sounds of live jazz.

  • **FILE** The Kyrgyz national flag flies at half staff April 9, 2010, in front of the statue of independence on a central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Associated Press)

    Kyrgyz music scene awash in all that jazz

    Wedding ceremonies in the mountainous Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan traditionally are accompanied by folk songs and, increasingly, Russian pop music — but these days revelers might be treated to the once-forbidden sounds of a live jazz band.

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  • "We have been organizing jazz festivals in Kyrgyzstan since 2006," Ms. Satybaeva said. "This year, we invited 15 jazz bands from all over the world. We can see the rising interest in it, which is quite surprising, as the first festivals were not that popular."

    Jazz, once forbidden, now washes through Kyrgyzstan →

  • "Local jazz bands and those invited from the neighboring countries also play a fusion of jazz and folk music," Ms. Satybaeva said. "And this is the amazing part. People love to listen to a harmonic play of saxophone, drums and upright bass with komuz,"

    Jazz, once forbidden, now washes through Kyrgyzstan →

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