Allo Alaev has deep roots in the music of Tajikistan and the Jewish music of Buchara. Allo Alaev, a great master of percussion, took up the Doyra (a frame drum with metal rings inside), at an early age. He made rapid progress and was soon appointed the first percussionist of the folk Opera Company of the Tajikistan capital Dushanbe where he toured and performed for 50 years.

Allo Alaev composes pieces for percussion, manages playing on up to 9 drums at the time and has forwarded this dance- percussion virtuosity to his children and grand children. The entire Alaev family emigrated to Israel in 1991. Allo accomplished to continue the tradition in the family and has made this ensemble well known to all Israeli families, by numerous TV programs –host shows and continuous concerts in Israel and abroad..
An ensemble of three generations of virtuosos perform together on stage and create a happy feast of colors and music, where rhythms are dominant. The presence of the younger generation makes this a true cross over from the old to the new.

Today, the multi talented ensemble includes Allo Alaev’s two sons, Ariel and Amin and his grandchildren Zvika, Allen, Amir and Aviva. (Ages between 79 -15). The ALAEV FAMILY plays : Doyra – Bukharian Frame Drum, Darbukka , Alofon – percussion, Cajon Turkish Clarinet Garmon – Accordeon, Bayan (Russian accordion), Violin, Bucharian horn, Duduk – Armenian horn instrument, Bass- by Yonathan Levy ( Izabo)…

(Thank you to Ates Temeltas for pointing me to these resources)

Read more (in pure Soviet-Hebrew-English style) here. Or, even better, listen to a whole album by the Alaev family here.