Musafir – Ethnic Music Forum
November 10-12
Bashkortostan, Ufa,
Toratau Congress Hall
About the Forum
This project received the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Grant, oriented to save and develop the official languages and the languages of ethnicities of Bashkortostan.

The main part of the forum is going to be held in the Toratau Congress Hall. The Congress Hall is situated in a picturesque place along the Agidel River, and has a breathtaking view out of its windows. In summer, the amphitheater of the Congress Hall is hosting some music shows.

Furthermore, some other forum events will be held in other concert halls and clubs in the city: Ogni Ufi, Music Hall 27.
Project partner
The Forum's partner is the only professional award
in Russiain the field of ethnic music —
"Russian World Music Awards".
The Goals of the Forum
The Ethnic Music Forum Musafir is a supporting educational platform that was made to develop the art of ethnic music. It helps the development and popularization of the language culture of Bashkortostan ethnicities through the prism of its native melodies.

Ethnic music is always unique. The cultural code of an ethnicity can be heard and accepted via its songs and folk instruments. Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan, will become the center of ethnic music at a national level for two days.
The Program of the Forum
  • Music conference
  • Master-classes
  • Educational workshops
  • Exhibition zone for presentations
  • Special program for beginner musicians

The Main Event
The showcase of the Forum is going to be a non-stop public concert from ethnic musicians of Bashkortostan and other regions of Russia for professional producers form Europe and Asia.

Here you can find the list of the speakers and the experts.

November 10th will be the National Orchestra of Folk Musical Instruments concert joined by musicians and bands that work in the ethnic music genre.

Here you can find the list of the speakers and the experts.
Producer of Khuun-Khuur-Tu, Alash and others
Yaroslav Sartakov
Theme of the lecture: Organization of the tours of the philharmonic scenes of Russia. Peculiarities and pitfalls.
Forum guest
Nick Hobbs
Theme of the lecture: How Russian artists can work abroad.
Manager, agent, co-founder of Global Club Music Network
Miriam Leah Brenner
(the Netherlands / the USA)
Theme of the lecture: How to create an international career: from preparing the material to choosing the territory to work on.
Music producer
Johannes Toyer
Theme of the lecture: The meeting of the World Music Network on the European radio.
Teodor Bastard music director
Denis Knyazev
Theme of the lecture: Peculiarities of tour organization using the example of Theodor Bastard band
Program manager of the Korean showcase Sori Festival
Jiyoung Han
Theme of the lecture: A journey to the Korean Sori Festival
Lead singer of Otava Yo
Alexey Belkin
Theme of the lecture: Reinventing the wheel for a folk band, the folk band Otava Yo success story on the international market
Curator and booking agent of MORE ZVUKOV AGENCY
Natasha Padabed
Theme of the lecture: How MORE ZVUKOV AGENCY was created
founder and the main expert at the consulting bureau InSimple
Alexey Nikolaev
Theme of the lecture: Modern sources of income for artists in the music market.
Music journalist for fRoots, the Rough Guide. Multi-instrumentalist, leader of the British music band SANS
Andrew Cronshaw
(Great Britain)
Theme of the lecture: The view of a musician and music journalist from Europe
General director of MusiConnect Italy, international festival organizer
Fabio Scopino
Theme of the lecture: World Beat Network – how it works. Advice on how to get into the world music in Italy.
General manager of Finisterre agency and label, La Zampogna festival organizer
Erasmo Treglia
Theme of the lecture: The theme has not been released yet
Two Siberians music producer
Kirill Modylevski
Theme of the lecture: Exporting Russian bands on a low paid market.
Wind Music International festival director
Yu Su-ying
Theme of the lecture: World music festival in Taiwan.
globalFEST festival director
Isabel Soffer
(the USA)
Theme of the lecture: Presentation of globalFEST
Journalist, radio host
Ton Maas
(the Netherlands)
Theme of the lecture: The theme has not been released yet
Director of Le Kolatier festival
Luc Yatchokeu
Theme of the lecture: Africa is the new market for Russian music
Tomato Production agency director
Tino Grasselt
The theme of the lecture: Organization of tours in German-speaking countries.
Forum participants
This band was collecting traditional melodies in different parts of Russia for many years. They seek authentic sound and keep the traditions of the ethnic songs
Zhivaya Zemlya
It's a multi-cultural project, that is reviving the Russian root culture and connecting it with completely different ethnic music traditions.
The winner of the Grand Prix of the Mir Sibiri festival, the winner of Russian World Music Awards 2017 for Best Authentic Project
Olena Uutay Podluzhnaya
"The Legend of Ethnic Music" owner at the international festival Sayan Ring as a member of the music band Ayarkhaan
Otava Yo
This band is one of the most recognizable Russian ethnic bands abroad; participated in the showcase program of Womex 2013.
A quartet of multi-instrumentalists that is working in world music and folk music genres, plays traditional Bashkirian music and authored music.
A flagman of modern ethnic music in Bashkortostan. The winner of the Grand Prix in the Nomad Universe contest in Saudi Arabia, that included 100 bands
The band was named after a beautiful river on the north-west of the Tyva republic. The winner of the Grand Prix at the Russian World Music Awards 2018.
This band works in the world music genre. Representatives of the modern culture of Bashkortostan for the UN and UNESCO
HAUA is a combination of the nature sounds with deep electronic music, that gives the group a confident and modern sound at concerts and at recording sessions
Handuhas makes a new form of Bashkirian music that is based on a high-quality art, sensitive performances, and sounds of Bashkortostan nature
Here you can fill in the application for participation.
The musicians and music bands of any genre and style are welcome to participate in the forum.
The Musafir Forum is open to everybody!
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