Shaped by Traveling Blues-rock Music Band Reaches Central Asia

During the month of August, Where is Charlie? - a Swiss rooted blues- rock music collective will be travelling throughout Central Asia aiming to bring the flavour of Mississippi Delta Blues to the peaks and valleys of Pamir mountains. Touring in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Where is Charlie? hopes to connect with local musicians, seeking to cultivate a universal musical tradition that transcends their cultural differences.

The band aims to keep its audience on the edge of their seats marrying East to West with its typical groovy, humourous and sheer fun performance style. With a repertoire ranging from Leningrad to Jimi Hendrix through Howlin Wolf & Black Keys,  Where is Charlie? seeks to accommodate culturally diverse audiences by expressing common passion for deep blues and bitter-sweet classics of rock.

Where is Charlie?’s eclectic style has been undoubtedly shaped by traveling.

“I’ve learned so much from meeting different people and musicians from many cultures and backgrounds”.

Ever since, the band has been performing on various stages of both Asia and Europe, and now is ready to hit the roads of Central Asia. So, if you’ve been wondering “where is the music?”, why not ask – ‘Where is Charlie?’

Find them performing at:

  • Бинарыба in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 2nd August
  • ShymArt in Shymkent, Kazakhstan on 3rd August
  • MuzCafe in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 4th August
  • Studio 247 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 8th August
  • Jeans Cafe in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11th August

Or follow them on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/WhereIsCharlieMusicBand/ and instagram @where_is_charlie_music_band

About Charles-David Hay.

Charles-David Hay (Geneva, 10. 09. 1990), has always been blanketed by a warm layer of music — with a great-grandpa being a conductor for philharmonic orchestra, a father running a jazz club and many other family members performing on the Swiss music scene. It was no surprise, when at the age of three, he swelled his first notes on a cello.  

Then when he was ten, Charles joined EPI (Espace de Pratique Instrumentale) where he started playing the guitar under the little-known Kiet Nguyen. It was then, under the tutelage of Kiet, that Charles began to drink the sorrowful, yet soulful nectar of the blues, driving him to play in bands with similar tones and tastes. At the age of 17, Charles began teaching at EPI.

In January 2011, Charles left Europe and moved to Vietnam where he was teaching music to physically and mentally disabled persons, under the NGO Maison Chance Vietnam. Then in 2014, he packed his bags once more and headed to Myanmar where he founded the blues band Where is Charlie?

To this day, Charles’ musical prerogative has always been to create a space where he and other musicians can express their experiences, favoring emotionally driven interpretations rather than placing a heavy adherence to technical skill. Charles intends to spread this message far and wide with his sights currently set on Southeast and Central Asia.

Where isn’t Charlie?

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