• Ored-pt1

An Introduction to Ored Recordings, Pt. I - Song


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Ored Recordings is an ethnographic record label based in the North Caucasus. Carrying no specialist training or experience in sound recording, the group of friends began travelling around the villages and towns of the Caucasus looking for the traditional music of the different peoples of the region. Since 2014, the label has released 14 digital releases featuring folk music of Circassians, Abkhazians, Pontic Greeks, Kalmyks and Chechens amongst others.

Ored Recordings isn't searching for a romanticised spirit of a 'fading tradition', nor trying to 'modernize' authentic material. On the contrary, the label records different forms of local folk music and supports local musical cultures. It pays as much attention to songs from the Soviet era as to archaic ritualistic music and religious melodies.

The first part focusses on the ballad-derived folk traditions and melodically driven sub-styles of the music of the Caucasus region, replete with intriguing non-Western modalities and chamber arrangements.


Side A:
Alibiy Romanov - Nogay Folk Song
Balkhar Ensemble - Khatul Baley
Dagaday-Khacu & Kabukky Bata - Lilyur Lilyur
Tatyana Dorjin & Maria Beltsgyn - Biihin Ice / Narmin Sanchr
Kléréf Tembolét - Kébardey Jésçtewé
Ashiq Shemshir - Lezgichil
Iynar - Golloo
Kazachka Ensemble - It's Not a Good Day on Saturday

Side B:
Ashiq Kidir - Selminaz
Khagaudzh Ensemble - Lament of Nartyg
Gochag Askerov - Karabakh Shikistesi
Boris Kuthelia - Salyuman Bazheba Iashea
Ashiq Agamurad Israfilov - Traditional Azeri Song