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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

In the poetry and music of Central Asia, the nightingale is a recurring image, and the Kyrgyz solo instrumental genre kuu offers the perfect medium for creating a sound portrait of its voice. Here, Ruslan Jumabaev reproduces the sound of a nightingale in the free rhythm of a kuu, giving a performance that is not so much virtuosic as descriptive or "philosophical." (During, Levin 2001)