SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Track 1: Karnay Girbony / Karnay's Call

This piece, for two karnays, illustrates the key role the long horns play in Uzbek history and culture. When the karnay is blown the resulting sound is akin to the noise of wild animals, which in Uzbek culture associates it with the tremendous power of the universe. 

In this, the first piece on the group's album, the sounds of the horns by turns whirl, tease, growl and buzz to evoke nature and to bewitch those who hear. The piece originates from the Andijan area.