In addition to Guitar, Gabriel is versed in dutar, dombra
, tanbour, balta saz, and kamancha.
Earlier, the art of performance of dombra
kyi and manufacturing skills of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz yurts were included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2014.
Folkloric dances and songs, the angelic sound of the dombra
, precise horseback riding, and exquisite craftsmanship passed through generations all continue to captivate foreign guests.
The small theater near my office was in use constantly: young Kazakh men were often singing and playing dombra
(a traditional stringed instrument) in the hallways outside, waiting for their turn to rehearse.
The song "Moon" Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, Dombra
Not only did he need to immerse himself in the culture and musical tradition of Kazakhstan but on a practical level he had to master traditional Kazakh instruments such as the kobyz and the dombra
and pronunciation of the language.
It covers the refined and classical music of the settled and urban Uzbeks and Tajiks, as well as the folky rural charm of the nomadic Kazahks, Turkmen and Kyrgyz, who use smaller, more portable instruments such as the Jewish harp and dombra
In the old days, everyone learned to ride a horse and play the dombra
My grandad played a Kazakh folk instrument called the Dombra
(a triangular-bodied balalaika), and my grandmother sang along with him whenever guests came to the house.
Kazakh traditional art of Dombra
Kuy has been inscribed on Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Also in August, ethnomusicologist and historian Adam Grode presented a program entitled "A Musical Journey in Central Asia," a concert-lecture that featured Kashgar Rawap and Kazakh Dombra
, songs offered to promote understanding of the region's rich culture and musical heritage.