Afghanistan Music Research Centre

The Afghanistan Music Research Centre (AMRC) was founded in autumn 2014 by the department of Transcultural Music Studies (TMS). The TMS is part of the Transcultural Music Studies department of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena.

Focus of the work of the AMRC is:

Our goals:

Traditional Afghan music evolved over the centuries under the influence of a variety of cultures. The aim of the AMRC is to document this unique diversity and to make it accessible to a broad public in Germany and Afghanistan by means of concerts, lectures and educational materials. The AMCR works with partner organisations in Germany and abroad, and is supported by the German Foreign Office.


The AMRC is committed to cooperation between the Kabul University and the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in order to strengthen and sustain musicological work in Afghanistan. more


Technological developments in digital storage systems offer new opportunities for archiving as well as for joint research. more

The Hoerburger Collection

The Hoerburger Collection is a wide-ranging collection of folk songs, folk dances and folk music - e. g. from Afghanistan. This collection is not only of great relevance to musicological research. The general population of Afghanistan will also benefit from the ability to once again access its own cultural heritage. The AMRC is committed to providing global access to the Hoerburger collection in the form of a digital music archive. more

Music Education

Materials suitable for the teaching of the Afghan music culture exist neither in Afghanistan nor in Germany. Therefore, the AMRC prepares ethnomusicological content for general education schools. more


The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Kabul University use e-learning methods for cooperative teaching and research projects. more