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For the district in Kazakhstan, see Ulytau District.
Origin Kazakhstan
Genres Folk metal
Neo-classical metal
Years active 2001 – present
Website www.ulytau.kz
Members Nurgaisha Sadvakasova
Yerzhan Alimbetov
Makism Kichigin
Notable instruments

Ulytau (Kazakh: Ұлытау), literally meaning "the great mountain", is a popular Turkic neopagan instrumental folk metal trio from Kazakhstan.[1] Their music combines the sound of the violin and electric guitar with the dombra, a traditional two stringed instrument from their country.

The band is named after the district of Ulytau in Central Kazakhstan, the mythical birthplace of the nation.


Ulytau was conceived as a project by producer Kydyrali Bolmanov in 2001 to merge Western and Eastern music with arrangements of classical music from such composers as Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolò Paganini and Johann Sebastian Bach.[2] They have since toured Germany, England, Scotland, Poland, USA, Turkey, China, Japan and Russia.[3] The band was awarded the "Golden Disc" in 2001 for their song "Aday" that was based on a composition from Kurmangazy of the same name.[4] The song was also featured on the Rough Guide compilation to the music of Central Asia.[5]


  • Jumyr-Kylysh (2006) (In Germany released 2009 as Two Warriors)



  • Erjan Alimbetov - Dombra
  • Maxim Kichigin - Guitar
  • Alua Makanova - Violin

Session musicians[edit]

  • Roman Adonin - Keyboards
  • Oleg Tarnovskiy - Guitar
  • Serik Sansyzbayev - Bass
  • Rafael Arslanov - Drums


  1. ^ "The Music of Ulytau". Kazakhstanmediacentre.com. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "History of the Creation". Ulytau.kz. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ulytau". Darksage.ru (In Russian). Retrieved May 6, 2008. [dead link] (Google translation: Despite the youth, musicians have already visited with tours in Germany, England, Scotland, Poland, USA, Turkey, China, Japan and, of course, Russia.)
  4. ^ ULYTAU – Wanderer zwischen Welten
  5. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "The Rough Guide to the Music of Central Asia review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 

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