Fables from Tartary
Masguda's disc features seventeen original instrumental compositions and ballads for both classical and modern instruments. This new collection was inspired by folk music from Tartar (Tatar) elders as well as shaman medicine and sound healers in the region. For those new to Euro-Asian music - the 'Land of the Tartars' was centrally located at the crossroads of trade between all cultures of the continents. It was a rest stop near the Silk Road. Genghis Khan also included this land in his empire. Rosette Gault, American author, critic, and visual artist says of these modern works with ancient roots: 'Listen for a rich texture of diverse yet complementary melodies woven together in harmony as carefully crafted as the highest quality great grandmothers lace. These haunting and lyric melodies will lift you up and away to places of deep sentiment and return you back home refreshed from the visit.' Masguda Shamsutdinova is a famous Tatar composer. She was born in Bashkortstan. She graduated from the Kazan State Conservatoire in the Republic of Tatarstan. Masguda is a folk-modern composer. For 20 years she has been researching folk music, magic practice and color symbols of Tatar nation. She received a PhD degree at St. Petersburg State University. The subject of her research was Maulid-Bairam (Prophet Muhammad's birthday celebration) among the Middle-Volga-Region Muslims. Masguda has been living in Seattle (USA) since 2002.