Next Notes is a project designed to support musicians in Kazakhstan. Our first workshop was held in Almaty in Fall 2017. Thirty participants were organized into bands, each with the task of creating an original song to be performed live at a concert and recorded in a professional studio. Over the course of a month, Next Notes musicians gathered for weekly meetings with music industry professionals, organized group rehearsals, and participated in teambuiding sessions.
2018 Band Incubator
Next Notes 2018 band incubator This year’s program, beginning in late October 2018, will have a slightly different structure. Building on feedback from last year’s program, we have decided to expand our timeline from one to two months. Groups will receive additional support in the form of weekly feedback from our guest speakers and other mentors. There will also be more opportunities to create media content including documentary-style profiles and music videos. We can’t wait to get started!
Askar Ospanov - lawyer by training; photographer, filmmaker and Studio 7 Almaty sound recording studio producer by calling. He believes that foremost, a song should inspire people. The rest will follow.
Originally from Portland, OR, Grace Garrett considers Almaty to be her second home. As a Kazakh music enthusiast and linguaphile, she is delighted to have the opportunity to help support future songwriters.
Yasha Hoffman is a composer, photographer and aspiring producer from Minnesota. He is in Almaty on a Fulbright grant for the 2018-2019 academic year, where he is studying at the Kazakh National Conservatory. He hopes that his knowledge of music composition will be useful to the Next Notes participants in writing their songs.
Duman Nursila – interpreter, theater actor, filmmaker and singing enthusiast. It’s like he was born to be a part of this project. It’s his voice you hear in our promo videos.
Project Coordinator, Filmaker
Ruslan Yakupov is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and cofounding leader of Qazaq Indie, a community of independent musicians. His current focus is helping to promote the indie and experimental musical scene in Kazakhstan.
Zhama Ospanova - trained as graphic designer, she combines her graphic designer practice with teaching English to young learners. She has created the Next Notes logo and look. She plans to be even more involved in the project.