VED – Zerafshan Improvisation

In 2014 we made a project with the experimental rock group VED from Malmö. The result was a three week long tour through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan wich included concerts, workshops, informal and formal jamsessions and meetings with other musicians and culture workers. In the village of Zerafshan in the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan we found an abandoned Soviet factory and recorded this improvisation. Filmed at location by Maciej Kalymon and Michael Cavanagh. Edited by Maciej Kalymon. Music performed at location by VED. Edited by VED.

A road trip through Tajikistan

Living in Osh, you sometimes forget how close you are to your neighbours, that is to say, neighbours in surrounding countries. Looking at a map, Uzbekistan is less than 10 km from Osh city centre and even though Uzbek culture is highly present in Osh (probably due to around 50 % of the city’s population being ethnic Uzbeks), crossing the border to Uzbekistan is anything but simple. However, Uzbekistan is not your only option if you want to explore another country but still stay in the region. Living in the Kyrgyz part of the Fergana Valley, you basically find...