Silk Road Tea House: An Evening of Bukharian Culture

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Date(s) - 10/04/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Museum at Eldridge Street



This vibrant musical evening celebrates one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world – Bukharians. Hailing from the Uzbek city of Bukhar, this tight-knit community has resided in Central Asia from over two millennia. 70,000 Bukharians have immigrated to the United States and amazingly, 50,000 have settled in Queens. These enclaves, dubbed “Little Bukharia” and “Bukharian Broadway,” are brimming with Bukharian’s distinctive dress, music, and cuisine.

Now we’re bringing Little Bukharia downtown and transforming the sanctuary into a traditional Central Asian chaikhana (teahouse). Saxophonist and scholar Evan Rapport will join celebrated ensemble Shashmaqam to bring the sounds of Bukharian culture to life. Shashmaqam music is an essential part of Bukharian life and this string-based ensemble is inspired by the band’s native cultures of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. While the joyful sounds of Bukhara ring in the sanctuary, guests will enjoy a spread of traditional food and drink like perashki, chebureki, and samsi. This event celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and is co-presented as part of Made in NYC.

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