25 Years of Independence: Celebrating the Kyrgyz Journey through Jazz | Wilson Center
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25 Years of Independence: Celebrating the Kyrgyz Journey through Jazz

Please join us for an evening of entertainment and enlightenment with Kyrgyzstan’s leading jazz band, Salt Peanuts. Their performance will showcase the strong bond between the US and Kyrgyz people and their shared love for jazz — music that was once forbidden under Soviet rule. Salt Peanuts' performance will include elements of Kyrgyz and American music to tell the story of the Republic’s nomadic culture, aspirations, and freedoms.

The performance will be opened with a reception and welcoming remarks from Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov, and Wilson Center Vice President of Programs Blair Ruble.

For more information about the band, please watch this short video or read this article in The Economist about their visit. 

Presented in collaboration with the the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the U.S.A. & Canada.

Speakers

  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
    Former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)
  • Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov

    Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the U.S.A. & Canada