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5.17 [CONCERT] First Set - Asiq Nargile (GE) @ 6th Tomorrow Festival


Tomorrow Festival 6th



Venue: B10 Live

Add: Building C2, North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

Tel: 0755 86337602 (15:00-18:00, info only)

Venue Support: OCT-LOFT Culture Development Co., Ltd




5.17 / 19:00 - 20:00

Asiq Nargile

格鲁吉亚 Georgia


Asiq Nargile - 萨兹琴 Saz


The Turkish wordAsiq(pronounced ‘ashik’) can mean two things. Firstly, it refers to an ancient tradition of travelling singing bards in Turkic culture, dating back millennia. These bards, referred to with the title ‘Asiq’, would wander lands from Iran to the Caucasus to Turkey, armed with a mighty wooden saz[1] to assist them as they sang vast epic poems. The second meaning of ‘asiq’ however, is something close to ‘lovelorn’, or ‘desperately in love’. It’s a description of a state of utter commitment and adoration. This is how one Asiq from Georgia, Nargile, describes her relationship to music.

Born in Tbilisi and now based in the Borcali region of Southern Georgia, Nargile Mehtiyeva akaAsiq Nargile has been playing saz (long-neck lute) and singing since the age of 15. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian, Nargile represents the cosmopolitan heritage of old Tbilisi, a city once known as a meeting point for multilingual Asiq bards who would travel through the region serving as conduits for news, ideas, music and culture. A powerful solo performer, her vocal recital of epic folk poetry is by turns ecstatic and deeply expressive, and is interspersed with bursts of virtuosic, highly ornamented saz.

Equally comfortable performing moving laments or upbeat folk dances, Nargile is currently the only female Asiq living and performing in the ethnic Azeri region of Georgia, and has been teaching the art to new generations. Thanks to the efforts of The Sayat Nova Project, a non-profit group aiming to help preserve and promote the diverse musical dialects of the Caucasus, European audiences can now experience the elusive, hypnotic beauty of Nargile’s music for themselves.

Nargile wowed crowds at a string of UK appearances in summer 2016, owning stages at both world music mecca WOMAD and experimental field gathering Supernormal. This follows a successful double-header tour with kindredfolk channellerRichard Dawson in 2015, and debut album 'Yurt Yeri', an immaculate capturing of a live concert at London's Cafe OTO.


[1] Saz: a variant of which is known asBağlama, is astringedmusical instrumentand belongs to the family of long-necked lutes.


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Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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0755-86337602 (15:00-18:00, info only)
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B10 Live
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B10 Live is a brand new music & art space in Shenzhen, organized by OCT-LOFT and curated by artist Teng Fei and independent music curator Tu Fei.
B10 Live has presented over a hundred live music performances to the audience since 24 Nov. 2012, as well as 4 years of OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival and the 2 years of Tomorrow Festival. More and more different types of art events will be held here in the near future. Read more »

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North Side of Building C2, North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
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Building C2, North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
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