Badakhshan Ensemble from Tajikistan performs spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan. Ensemble’s international touring and recording career started in 2005. The Ensemble toured in concerts and festivals throughout Europe and North America. The Ensemble is also featured on the CD “The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance of the Pamir Mountains,” included in the 10-volume CD-DVD anthology Music of Central Asia, co-produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Founded by Soheba Davlatshoeva in the 1990s to preserve, perform, and further develop Badakhshan’s rich musical traditions, the Badakhshan Ensemble performs a repertory that encompasses a variety of musical styles and genres, and each corresponds to one of the distinct social roles that the ensemble fills in its own community. The most typical of these roles is to provide music for wedding festivities and rituals, where they perform instrumental music and vocal genres with a strong regional identity.