This rather complete, multi-supports compilation introduces the musical culture of Karakalpakistan. The author of the recording, musical anthropologist Frédéric Léotar, introduces the music practiced by three different categories of bards: the jyraw (who performs heroic epics and fantastic tales), the bakhsy (the specialist of romantic epics), and the qyssakhan (who performs lyrical poetry a cappella). Popular music devoted to rituals of everyday life (lullaby, song for the bride, etc.) is also presented. The second part of the CD (the nine last pieces) offers a range of instrumental solos played on various instruments of Karakalpak musical culture. In liner notes, F. Leotar and Kh. Qurbanov comment each melody and give musicological further pieces of information. A PDF-format file on the CD includes the transcription and translation in French and English of the whole songs. The DVD contains five of the CD recording sessions, involving a lullaby sung “in context,” and another recording of a sybyzgy clarinet, in order to emphasise the complex rhythmical issue. The selected performers are mostly young, a choice that F. Leotar takes as a demonstration of the vivacity of tradition. So this disc not only conveys the richness of Karakalpak musical culture, but also an extensive monographic study on it.