Ashkhabad is the capital of Turkmenistan and its cultural heart. The city’s finest musicians have come together and called themselves Ashkhabad, a word which derives from the Persian language and means ‘city of love.

The Orient has always been a cultural melting pot and so is the music of Ashkhabad. Atabai Tsharykuliev, Gassan Mamedov, Sabir Rizaev and Eldar Mansurov are the main writers in the band and they play an exciting mixture of traditional Turkmenian music infused with elements from Persia, Azerbeidjan and Turkey. They have been influenced by everything they’ve ever heard: from the sounds of the desert to jazz and rock.