Kyrgyzstan

No eagle hunting, but a private concert by the members of Kut (August 18, 2011)

No eagle hunting, but a private concert by the members of Kut (August 18, 2011)

We had been invited to a Yurt Camp on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan before leaving on our trip.  At that time, we estimated our arrival to be around August 15.  The Yurt Camp regularly holds events and performances by musicians from around the region and the world.  Upon our arrival on […]


The Kyrgyz Podcast – Komuz Together

The Kyrgyz Podcast - Komuz Together

We selected many of these tracks from CD-Rs we bought from a particularly grumpy-looking vendor at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek.  Others are from a CD given to us by KUT, a family of incredible musicians we visited at their home on Lake Issyk Kul. You’ll hear a lot of komuz in this podcast.  The ancient […]


How to wear a Kyrgyz hat

How to wear a Kyrgyz hat

Many of our backers will be receiving new hats in a few days. Once these packages arrive, the recipients will likely be wondering, “What is this funny hat?” The hat is known as a kalpak, and is traditionally made of four panels of felt or sheepskin, embroidered with lovely patterns. It is worn primarily by […]


If there is one country I would return to in a heartbeat…

If there is one country I would return to in a heartbeat...

…it would be Kyrgyzstan. This small, mountainous country had us completely enamored from just about the moment we crossed the border from Uzbekistan (which, though we have much love for, we were ready to leave). The beautiful landscape, friendly people, and easily accessible ATMs were welcoming and comforting. Here, let me show you: Shortly after […]