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Nazarbayev University student orchestra gives concerts online

During the pandemic, when it is not possible to hold a live concert due to quarantine, members of the NU Orchestra student music group film musical performances at a distance of hundreds of kilometers from each other. Each musician plays and records their part of the piece at home, then their performances are combined into a single harmonious composition.

"Annually since 2018, Nazarbayev University has given large orchestral concerts. This year, we were also planning and preparing to do that but, unfortunately, during the pandemic, we had to cancel the plans. So we decided to record concerts and strem online," said Aiza Aitkozhina, a 4th-year student and violinist at the NU Orchestra.

Using this unusual format, young musicians recorded such famous Kazakh pieces as Aday, Kozimnyn Karasy, Kishkentay, Yer Turan and Minezin Korkem. The band will have performed 12 pieces by the end of the year.

"Our sound engineer creates beats each orchestra member follows in recording their part from their home cities. About 30 to 40 musicians are involved in creating a single track, and the sound engineer processes these 40 tracks combining them into a single audio file. In parallel, the musicians film themselves. Finally, all those materials are edited," Aiza Aitkozhina shared the procedure of recording an orchestral video performance.

The orchestra of Nazarbayev University students uses 15 musical instruments. Among them are Kazakh ones – the dombra, kobyz, sazsyrnai, and symphonic instruments – the violin, saxophone, electric guitar, piano and others.

All members of the musical group are NU students majoring in various fields. After graduation, many of them plan to continue contributing to the orchestra's life.

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