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2012

FALL 2012

A BILINGUAL MEVLID:
Süleyman Çelebi’s masterpiece in Greek and Turkish

Recognized as a classic of Turkish literature, Vesilet’ün Necat, or more commonly known as Mevlid-i Şerif is a long poem commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammed written in Turkish in 1409 by Süleyman Çelebi (1351-1422) in Bursa. It is often chanted on special occasions such as the birth of a child or as a commemoration of the dead. Musically, mevlid is a solo form, improvised and unaccompanied, usually performed in conjunction with Koranic chant and informal group singing of devotional songs (ilahi). The mevlid was translated into other languages of the Ottoman Empire, especially in the Balkans where the translations became just as popular. Tonight after a talk on the topic one section (bahir) of the mevlid will be chanted in Greek and another section will be chanted in Turkish. Before and in between the sections DÜNYA musicians will perform Sufi devotional songs in both languages.

Location: Harvard University, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 19, 6pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

Songs of the Fertile Crescent

DÜNYA will perform traditional Turkish music and Ottoman classical music portraying women following the world premiere of a suite of arias from the new opera Territories. The concert will be followed by an onstage discussion. The event is part of the five-month festival The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, a program of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, the Arts Councils of Princeton and West Windsor, and the East Brunswick, New Brunswick, and Princeton Public Libraries.

Location: Princeton University, Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Dr. Princeton, NJ
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 8pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

Mehter, Zildjian and the American Big Band

At this lecture-performance Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (author of The Musician Mehters) will first talk about the Mehter ensemble (the so-called Ottoman Janissary Bands), Zildjian family, the role of cymbals in mehter music, connections between mehter music and jazz, and new compositions for hybrid mehter/jazz bands. The talk will be followed by a live music portion. During the live music portion traditional mehter music and an original composition for a hybrid band, featuring mehter instruments as well as typical instruments of the jazz band, will be performed.

Location: New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, 290 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 4pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

SPRING 2012

A Concert for Turkish Earthquake Relief

DÜNYA performs Ottoman court, Sufi and entertainment music. Followed by reception with Turkish refreshments. All proceeds to benefit relief efforts.

Location: Brandeis University, Slosberg Recital Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, January 28, 8pm
Pre-concert talk at 7pm
Price of admission: General: $10, Students: $5

 

İki Cihan Arasında / Between Two Worlds: Turkey’s West Within
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Folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman/Turkish tradition, interwoven with classical Ottoman music newly transcribed from 19th century Greek sources, early European music and newly-composed polyphonic makam compositions.

Location: Boston College, Gasson Hall, Room 100
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 8pm

Location: Tufts University, Distler Hall
Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 8pm

Location: Bates College, Chapel
Date/Time: Monday, February 27, 7:30pm

Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 29, 8pm

 

DÜNYA Contemporary Jazz Concert Series

Join us on these special nights where musicians from the DÜNYA collective will perform Jazz and original music by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol fusing makam (Middle Eastern modal concepts) and Jazz.

Location: AIC Cultural Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date(s)/Time: 
Saturday, March 3, 8:30pm
Saturday, March 24, 8:30pm

 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Hero, Warrior and Lover

In collaboration with The Boston Camerata

Alexander’s deeds, both real and legendary, inspired bardic poetry and song in pre-Christian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim societies alike. The second of DÜNYA’s east-west collaborations with The Boston Camerata brings together these diverse traditions in a performance of old and new music and improvisations based on sources from classical antiquity, from medieval Europe and from West Asia.

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard at West Georgia, downtown Vancouver
Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 8pm
Location: Seattle, Town Hall
Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 7pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT

Musicians from the DÜNYA collective will debut Palindrome, an original jazz composition by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol with Turkish classical music influences, with an open-to-the-public performance on May 19th.  After almost a decade, along withPalindrome, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will have his original compositions scored for a jazz combo of 6 horns, rhythm section and Turkish music instruments performed again.

Location: AIC Cultural Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19
Wine and Cheese Reception at 7:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 7:30pm
Concert at 8:00pm
Price of admission: General: $15, Students/seniors: $10

Why are we called a Musicians’ Collective?

At the core of DÜNYA, even before musicianship, lies friendship. DÜNYA’s many ensembles are nothing but friends of DÜNYA coming together to make music. Some of DÜNYA’s friends will tend to appear in more productions along side our core ensemble, composed of myself, Robert Labaree and Cem Mutlu. However, there will also be DÜNYA productions such as A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul in which as many as 35 musicians (friends) will collaborate. Yet even though some of the cast members in such a production may be participating at a DÜNYA event for the first time, they will immediately become a member of the greater DÜNYA family.

DÜNYA has a core ensemble and many circles of friends. Each of our productions will present a musical theme and, depending on this theme and the kinds of instruments required, our core ensemble will be joined by a number of our friends. That’s what makes us a Musicians’ Collective.

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Print Media

Playing for the Planet unites activist musicians
by Andrew Gilbert

The Boston Globe, November 11, 2011

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is one of the musicians performing at the Playing for the Planet concert. Warren Senders figures that a global crisis requires an international response…

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Muslims and Jews, in Harmony
by Jim Ball 

The Jewish Advocate, January 21, 2011

“You can’t build walls high enough to keep out the penetration of music,” said ethnomusicologist Robert Labaree. “You can’t stop music.” The New England Conservatory professor spoke at Congregation Beth El of Sudbury as part of a Martin Luther King Day program that focused on the little known 1,500 year connection…

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Listen to the music of Cyprus / Kıbrıs’ın Sesi’ne kulak verin
by Burçin Tuncer

North Cyprus Magazine, 2008

The island of Cyprus is known for its multicultural structure, a historical legacy of thousands of years of inter-civilizational interaction. For long years, Greeks and Turks have lived on this island together, enjoying and disliking similar things…

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DUNYA
by Roanna Forman

Artscope, Nov./Dec. 2007

That line, from Dunya’s 2006 concert production of “Wisdom and Turkish Humor”, sums up the organization’s raison d’etre and extraordinary appeal. Directror Mehmet Ali Sanlikol founded the organization with Robert Labaree in 2004 to “find creative ways to show paradoxes found in parallel, but contradictory…

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Turkish, Western traditions in harmony
by David Perkins

The Boston Globe, October 31, 2006

The concert began with a rumble of drums, followed by a blare of trumpets and shawms of the sort that must have terrified Vienna when the Ottomans besieged the city in 1683. It ended with a laughing arrangement of Mozart’s ”Rondo Alla turca” written a century later…

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Get a taste of Turkey at Ryles, 
by Bob Young

Boston Herald, November 18, 2005

”I Will Survive” in Turkish? A lute slicing through a funk tune? Armenian rap? Get ready for Middle Eastern Rap, Funk and Disco Night at Ryles in Cambridge tonight…

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DOCTOR OF MUSIC, 
by Cemil Özyurt

Turk of America, April 2005

Since last year music enthusiasts in Boston have been able to enjoy themselves at a variety of music concerts, randing from Sufi music, from Anatolian Rock to the songs of famous…

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Turkish Arabesk, 
by Matuya Brand

Weekly Dig, April 16, 2004

Arabesk is like rap music – brewed in the ghetto as a response to issues of social justice but increasingly popular. Its popularization, however, says Mehmet Sanlikol, a doctoral student at the New England Conservatory, lacks depth and meaning…

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TOURING

Highlights from DÜNYA’s numerous appearances outside of New England

 

  • Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext? toured Boston, Istanbul, Bursa and Cyprus during the month of July in 2017

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol led a very successful Summer tour with packed concerts at Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Istanbul Jazz Festival, International Bursa Festival and International Famagusta Festival (Cyprus) featuring a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi.

 

  • DÜNYA performed a very special program in the 5000 seat open air Harbiye Açıkhava Tiyatrosu in Istanbul on June 18, 2010

DÜNYA was selected to bring a largely Boston-based cast of 34 musicians to perform a special program in Istanbul in June of 2010. The program, part of the European Union-sponsored celebration of Istanbul as European Culture Capital in 2010, explored Istanbul’s communal memory through a wide range of repertoires: Greek Orthodox music, Greek folk music, Crusader songs, music of the Ottoman military ensembles, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians and Turks, and contemporary popular music.

Watch DÜNYA perform in Istanbul!

Purchase A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul CD

 

  • DÜNYA performed the Music of Cyprus program at Salamis Theatre in Famagusta, Cyprus on July 9, 2008

DÜNYA’s Music of Cyprus program brings together a Greek Cypriot (Theodoulos Vakanas) and a Turkish Cypriot musician (Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol) where they lead an ensemble of Greek and Turkish musicians which present the musical traditions of the island of Cyprus.

Watch DÜNYA perform in Famagusta, Cyprus!

Listen to Mehmet Sanlıkol and Theodoulos Vakanas discuss DÜNYA’s Music of Cyprus CD on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young

Purchase DÜNYA’s critically acclaimed Music of Cyprus CD

 

  • DÜNYA was featured on May 31, 2006 at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

For this Millennium Stage debut DÜNYA presented unique ways of presenting Turkish music. The repertoire included two love songs back-to-back but bridged by improvised vocals, the first love song composed by an Ottoman sultan, the second by a contemporary Turkish pop singer. Another genre that was explored derives from müşterek taksim (different instruments improvising simultaneously), which Mehmet and Cem developed into their own çift gazel in which two singers improvise simultaneously while carefully following each other in the style of Hafız.

Add to this original compositions, influenced by Jazz, Western Classical, Turkish Classical, Turkish Folk, and contemporary music and enter through DÜNYA’s portal into the complex intricacies of multiple Turkish musical traditions.

2011

FALL 2011

A SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT

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This exciting concert will celebrate the release of DÜNYA’s A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul double CD which is currently submitted for a Grammy award. The concert will bring together several DÜNYA ensembles to perform upbeat selections from the CD program including Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Sephardic Jewish and Ottoman music.

Come and join us celebrate!

Location: First Church in Cambridge
Date/Time: Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

This exciting event brings together the talents of DÜNYA and two other musical groups from each of the three Abrahamic traditions for an afternoon of celebration and song through Christian gospel songs, Sufi melodies, and Jewish music.

Location: Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott, MA
Date/Time: Sunday, October 23, 3-5:00pm

 

PLAYING FOR THE PLANET: World Strings Against Climate Change

DÜNYA performs along with South Indian music and classical guitar music. Proceeds of the event will benefit the environmental advocacy group 350.org. Great music for a great cause.

Location: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Date/Time: Friday, November 11, 7pm

 

TWO SACRED MUSIC TRADITIONS FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Syriac and Greek Orthodox Christianity, a Comparison

This program offers a rare opportunity to hear practitioners of the music of Eastern Christianity, rarely heard by Americans who are not members of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox Churches. Syriac Orthodoxy uses the oldest surviving liturgy in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and the language of much of the Talmud. Greek Orthodoxy uses liturgical forms and texts that date back to the first century A.D. and was the official religion of the Byzantine empire which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 4th through the 15th centuries.

Two expert cantors will explore, through performance and dialogue, the shared musical language and the unique musical traits of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox traditions. Gabriel Aydın representing Syriac Orthodoxy and Menios Karanos representing Greek Orthodoxy will be joined by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, who will act as a moderator of this lecture-performance.

Location: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Maliotis Cultural Center, Dukakis Wing
Date/Time: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3pm

Location: New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall
Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 2011, Noon

 

An Intimate Evening of 17th Century Ottoman Music

Ali Ufki, born Albert Bobowski in 1610, was a Polish Christian who converted to Islam after his capture by the Ottoman Turks and spent the remainder of his life in Istanbul, becoming renowned as a court musician, as a notator of Ottoman classical music, and as a Bible translator. This intimate concert of 17th century Ottoman music is mostly based on repertoire Ali Ufki collected in a unique manuscript—the famous Mecmua-i Saz-ı Söz of 1650—which preserved for modern times about a thousand songs and instrumental pieces, the first instance in which western staff notation was applied to Turkish music. Come to this one of a kind event to hear a special program of early Ottoman court, Sufi and entertainment music, performed by the DÜNYA ensemble with translations and projections of the Ali Ufki manuscript.

Location: AIC Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 7pm
Price of admission: General: $15, Students/seniors: $10

 

 

SPRING 2011

JEWS AND SUFIS: A Shared Musical Tradition
with Edwin Seroussi

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Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire–Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue–demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews established with members of Muslim mystical brotherhoods. Leading scholar, Prof. Edwin Seroussi in a panel of three will speak on cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, followed by dialogue with the audience.

The program will conclude with a lively recital featuring an ensemble of Jewish, Muslim and Christian vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating examples of relevant musical repertoire.

Location: Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley
Date/Time: Monday, January 17, 2011, 7:30pm
Location: Turkish Cultural Center Boston
Date/Time: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:30pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn
Date/Time: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 2pm
Location: Boston University, Hillel House
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 5:30pm

 

İki Cihan Arasında / Between Two Worlds:
An Ottoman Musical Tapestry

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Folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman/Turkish tradition, interwoven with classical Ottoman music newly transcribed from 19th century Greek sources, Bektaşi Sufi music, Turkish-Jewish maftirim pieces in Hebrew based on Sufi music, and newly-composed polyphonic makam compositions.

Location: Stonehill College photos
Date/Time: Monday, March 7, 2011, 7pm
Location: Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center
Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7pm
Location: Harvard University, Busch Hall
Date/Time: Friday, March 25, 2011, 8pm
Location: New England Conservatory, Brown Hall photos
Date/Time: Monday, March 28, 2011, 8pm

2010

FALL 2010

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING FASIL NIGHT TO SUPPORT
GÜLCAN YILMAZ

A benefit event that will feature our FASIL ensemble on a special night with a special selection of Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form. All proceeds go to Gulcan Yilmaz who was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer in 2005. This benefit event is organized in order to contribute towards the treatment costs of a new drug.

Location: Havana Club, Central Square, Cambridge MA
Date/Time: Sunday, October 10, 7pm
Price of admission: $40

 

A TURKISH JAZZ/FUNK EVENING

Original compositions and select arrangements by Mehmet Sanlikol of Turkish folk songs and pop/rock classics by Erkin Koray and Baris Manco for horns and rhythm section combining the idioms of Jazz and Funk with a variety of Turkish and other world musics.

Location: RYLES Jazz Club
Date/Time: November 5, 9pm
Price of admission: $15

 

AN OTTOMAN TABLEAU OF FAITH

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Join us in an evening where the DUNYA ensemble will present an Ottoman tableaux of different religious musical practices in Islam, Greek Orthodoxy and Sephardic Judaism.

Location: Boston University, Hillel House 4th floor
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 6pm
Price of admission: Free

 

SPRING 2010

A Valentine’s FASIL Night

In response to popular demand, and in keeping with DÜNYA’s commitment to representing the fullest possible range of musical styles/traditions associated with Turkey over the centuries, our FASIL ensemble is back on a special night with a special selection of Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form.

Location: Red Fez
Date/Time: Sunday, February 14, 9pm

 


Gurbet elde bir hal geldi başıma /
Far from Home, I Fell into Sadness

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The DÜNYA ensemble explores the theme of gurbet—the experience of being in a foreign land—in the folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman Turkish tradition. In a program emphasizing Turkish vocal styles, traditional compositions and improvisations in Turkish modes (makam) are interwoven with original compositions and polyphonic experiments

Location: College of the Holy Cross
Date/Time: Thursday, March 25, 8pm
Location: Wesleyan University
Date/Time: Saturday, March 27, 8pm
Location: Bridgewater State College
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 30, 7:30pm
Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31, 8pm

 

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Hero, Warrior and Lover
In collaboration with The Boston Camerata

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Alexander’s deeds, both real and legendary, inspired bardic poetry and song in pre-Christian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim societies alike. The second of DÜNYA’s east-west collaborations with The Boston Camerata brings together these diverse traditions in a performance of old and new music and improvisations based on sources from classical antiquity, from medieval Europe and from West Asia.

Location: First Lutheran Church
Date/Time: Friday, May 7, 8pm

 

 

2009

FALL 2009

A SACRED MUSIC CELEBRATION:
Greek Orthodoxy and Turkish Sufism
featuring Photis Ketsetzis, Şenol Filiz and Birol Yayla

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In this special concert a choir and an ensemble composed of Greek and Turkish musicians will perform together a program of Greek Orthodox (Byzantine) and Turkish Sufi (Mevlevi) music.

These two traditions exhibit substantial musical and historical commonalities, and share many instances of mutual influence and cross-fertilization.

The concert will feature internationally acclaimed master musicians from Greece and Turkey: chanter Photis Ketsetzis, Professor of Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; and Şenol Filiz, ney and Birol Yayla, tanbur, the Istanbul-based duo YANSIMALAR, whose many recordings span the range of contemporary Turkish classical and Sufi music, original composition and music for film.

Location: Harvard University, Paine Hall
Date/Time: Friday, September 25, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15

 

Dünya Size Güller Bize / For You the World For Us the Roses

This concert explores the many cultural layers of music in Turkey: rural and urban popular music, Sufi music, Greek music and Ottoman court music.

Location: Bowdoin College
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 14, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

JEWS AND SUFIS: A Sacred Bridge

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Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire–Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue–demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews established with members of Muslim mystical brotherhoods. A panel of three scholars will speak on cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, followed by dialogue with the audience. The program will conclude with a lively 40-minute recital featuring an ensemble of Jewish, Muslim and Christian vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating examples of relevant musical repertoire.

Location: Temple Beth Zion in Brookline
Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
Price of admission: FREE
This program is funded in part by MassHumanities

 

SPRING 2009

HİCRAN: Songs of Separation

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A program of Turkish music full of longing—for love, for homeland, for God. An ensemble of five vocalists and instrumentalists presents an array of classical, folk, Sufi and popular songs, dances and improvisations representing two hundred years of music in Turkey.

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Brooks Concert Hall
Date/Time: Monday, February 23, 8:00pm
Price of admission: FREE
Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24, 8:00pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

FASIL

Turkish art and folk music in its most infectious form in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: Red Fez
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 9:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

Dünya Size Güller Bize / For You the World For Us the Roses
featuring Brenna MacCrimmon

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This concert will present the music and musicians featured on DÜNYA’s new CD by the same name, scheduled to be released at this concert, which explores the many cultural layers of music in Turkey: rural and urban popular music, Sufi music, Greek music and Ottoman court music.

Location: First Church in Cambridge
Date/Time: Friday, April 3, 8:30pm
Price of admission: General: $25, Students/Seniors: $20

 

A Festival of World Sacred Music

The DÜNYA ensemble will participate with in an array of other traditions from India, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Location: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester), Brooks Concert Hall
Date/Time: Sunday, April 26
Price of admission: FREE

2008

FALL 2008

A Multi Faith Celebration

DÜNYA will contribute a selection of Sufi musics to an interfaith service at Boston College, alongside a group from Hebrew College directed by Cantor Scott Sokol and the Contemporary Gospel Group directed by Donell Paterson. Since the Middle Ages, Jesuit schools all over the world have marked the beginning of the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit. This event will be the first event at Boston College with an interfaith program

Location: Boston College
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 9, 5:30pm

 

Divane Aşık Gibi / Like a Reckless Lover
featuring Erkan Oğur and İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu

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The focus of this program is Turkish folk music, specifically the traditional song form, deyis. Over the past ten years, the widely-renowned duo Erkan Oğur and İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu have created a new contemporary standard for the performance of this repertoire, bringing the distinctive repertoire of the ethno-religious group from Anatolia known as Alevi and the music of the Turkish folk singer-poets (aşık) to a wider audience outside of Turkey. The DÜNYA Ensemble will supplement this duo’s unique sound in an interactive musical dialogue culminating in a collective performance.

Location: Harvard University, Paine Hall
Date/Time: Friday, October 10, 8:30pm
Price of admission: General: $25, students/seniors: $17

 

Sufism After Rumi: Past and Present in Turkey and the US

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The Mevlevi Sufi order played an important role for many centuries in advocating for Islam in the West, where their poetry, music and whirling ceremony have always been a source of fascination. Considering the fact that Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is one of the best selling poets in the U.S. and different groups of Mevlevis frequently tour all around the world today, we can easily say that Mevlevism is still very influential in the West. A panel of scholars discussing the current role of Mevlevism begins the program, followed by a concert of Mevlevi music.

Location: Harvard University, Faculty Club
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 5:30pm
Price of admission: FREE
Made possible, in part, by support from Islam In the West

 

Let Us Repeat the Names of God

At this Sunday morning service we will present different kinds of Turkish Sufi music with repetitive rhythms, words and melodies. The repertoire will also include the music of the Alevi-Bektaşi brotherhoods

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn
Date/Time: Sunday, November 9, 8:30am

 

SPRING 2008

Songs of “The City”: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul
with special guest Omar Faruk Tekbilek

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The city of Istanbul has been the capital of two great empires—for its first ten centuries Greek Byzantine, and beginning in 1453, for the next five centuries Ottoman Turkish. With the end of the Ottoman empire in 1923 the city lost its status as a capital, though it remains the centerpiece of a modern Turkish republic. Memories of its past—often different, frequently overlapping, sometimes conflicting—persist in the minds and in the music of its inhabitants, most of them with ties to different regions, cultures and histories of the Middle East and the Balkans.
The many layers of communal memory in this concert proceed through Greek-Orthodox music, secular Greek music, Crusader songs of the 12th century, music of the Ottoman janissary bands, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians, Balkan Romani (Gypsy) and Turks, and ends with modern urban popular music full of longing and protest. On their own, each piece may communicate celebration, devotion or military might, but taken together the melancholy is unmistakable.

Location: MIT, Kresge Auditorium
Date/Time: February 8, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15, MIT students: $10
This DÜNYA production is presented by MIT Turkish Association and Bahçeşehir University
Co-sponsors: LEF/ARCADE Association of Student Activities.

 

Language of the Birds (Kuş Dili): Bird Songs, Pieces and Improvisations from Turkey and Europe

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This concert explores the universal fascination with birds and birdsong shared by poets and musicians in both Europe and the Middle East. The concert’s Turkish title “Kuş Dili” is also an equivalent of Mantık ut-Tayr, the title of the famous 13th century Persian Sufi classic by Faruddin al Attar, known in the West as “The Conference of the Birds”.

The warbling, cooing and crying of birds as idealized song, as symbol of the divine, as amorous complaint and as the voice of nature are evoked in different ways by aristocratic Frenchmen, Italians and Ottomans and by Greek, Kurdish and Turkish villagers. Birds carry the message of religious devotion, both Christian and Muslim, and of worldly celebration and grief. On stage, the Dünya Ensemble and its guests interact with natural birdsong, conversing with each other across centuries and traditions through improvisation and a range of compositions by composers like Jean-Philippe Rameau, Dimitri Cantemir and Sultan Selim III in the 18th c., and by Olivier Messiaen, Aşık Veysel and Haci Arif Bey in the 20th.

Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 4, 8:00pm
Price of admission: FREE
Made possible, in part, by support from New England Conservatory

 

March 12, 1208 in Rumi’s Anatolia
A musical glimpse into the life and times of a great Sufi poet

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Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is one of the most influential figures of Muslim mysticism (Sufism). This concert explores the rich mix of creeds and cultures of 13th century Anatolia where Rumi spent most of his life through a wide range of repertoires: Turkish sufi music (Bektaşi and Mevlevi), Byzantine (Greek-Orthodox) music, Jewish poetry with Turkish melodies, Turkish secular music, and music of the “Frenk”—European Crusaders and traders passing through the region.

The second part of the concert will follow the distinct Turkish tradition of chanting part of the Mevlid-i Şerif on important occasions. A masterpiece of Turkish literature, written in 1409, the Mevlid is a long poem commemorating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

Location: Wellesley College
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Price of admission: FREE
Made possible with support from Wellesley College

 

SPECIAL FASIL NIGHT
A FUNDRAISING EVENT
to benefit DÜNYA’s ERKAN OĞUR Residency

featuring,

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (voice, ud)
Mal Barsamian (clarinet)
Eylem Başaldı (violin)
Cem Mutlu (voice, darbuka)

Location: The Red Fez Restaurant
Date/Time: June 20, 8:30 pm

2007

FALL 2007

Sept. 15, 1207 in Rumi’s Anatolia
A musical glimpse into the life and times of a great Sufi poet

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The year 2007 marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the most influential figures of Muslim mysticism (Sufism). This concert explores the rich mix of creeds and cultures of 13th century Anatolia where Rumi spent most of his life through a wide range of repertoires: Turkish sufi music (Bektasi and Mevlevi), Byzantine (Greek-Orthodox) music, Jewish poetry with Turkish melodies, Turkish secular music, and music of the “Frenk”—European Crusaders and traders passing through the region.

In recognition of the coincidence of the beginning of both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan on September 12th (the last time for 33 years) the concert will also follow the distinct Turkish tradition of chanting part of the Mevlid-i Serif on important occasions. A masterpiece of Turkish literature, written in 1409, the Mevlid is a long poem commemorating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

Location: First Church in Cambridge
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 15, 8:30 pm
Price of admission: general: $20, students/seniors: $15
Made possible with support from First Church in Cambridge

 

Arabesk

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“Arabesk”, for forty years the dominant popular music style in Turkey, has continued to absorb into it many strands of the Turkish musical tradition, combining it with contemporary social themes and commercial appeal in a way which still creates controversy.

Location: Ryles’ Jazz Club, Cambridge
Date/Time: Friday, October 26, 9:00 pm
Price of admission: $15

 

FASIL NIGHT

Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: Lily Pad, Cambridge
Date/Time: Friday, December 7, 10:00 pm
Price of admission: $15

 

SPRING 2007

“A Turkish-Armenian” FASIL

A Musical Program in Memory of Hrant Dink

Prominent Boston area musicians of Armenian and Turkish descent celebrate their shared traditions

Location: Williams Hall, NEC
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 13, 4:00 pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

Lale ve Kılıç/The Tulip and the Sword

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The traditional symbols of the Tulip and the Sword in Ottoman poetry embody the inner and the outer, the refined and the coarse, the private and the public. The symbols suggest the tension between the personal and the social domains and between domestic life and war. Each set of the program features a particular repertoire and setting in Turkish life, with a distinctive pacing, dynamic level, instrumentation and emotional quality, drawing the listener into a full spectrum of traditional Turkish music: secular, sacred, city, village, classical, folk, orthodox and heterodox. This concert features a large ensemble of more than 25 performers,including members of the Mavi Dance company.

With the Dünya ince Saz Ensemble
The New England Drum and Winds Mehterhane
and Mavi Dance

Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 27, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: FREE

 

AN EASTERN RITUAL OF LOVE 

This event is a part of THE BOSTON JAZZ WEEKSpecial guest: Tiger Okoshi

Free, direct, honest, clear

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The concert program will take the audiences on a unique musical journey which will feature the jazz compositions of Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol with influences from John Coltrane to the music of the Ottoman Janissary Bands.

Location: Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15

 

Battle of the Bands 

New England Mehterhane vs. Connecticut Valley Field Music

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Ottoman Janissary Bands had a significant musical impact on Western music for many centuries. The first European marching bands combined several different size drums, brass percussion and winds, in direct imitation of the Ottoman Janissary Bands. The traditional American fife and drum band is an example of a Turkish Mehterhane influence in the New World in the 18th and 19th century. Having an American fife and drum band, as the “opponent” in this “battle” brings different generations of marching bands onto the same stage in a competition which mirrors the centuries of competition between Ottoman and European civilizations.

Location: MIT, Kresge Auditorium
Date/Time: Friday, May 18, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15
Produced in collaboration with MIT Turkish Student Association

 

INTERFAITH PROGRAMS

ALi UFKI SACRED MUSIC PROJECT

This project is an ongoing series of interactive programs of music and conversation which aims to foster awareness, deepen dialogue, and celebrate commonalities among the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The inspiration for these programs is the life and work of Ali Ufki, born Wojceich Bobowski, a Polish convert to Islam, a musician and respected member of the Ottoman court, and the translator of the Bible into Turkish, who lived in the cosmopolitan environment of seventeenth century Istanbul.

Location: First Church Cambridge Congregational
Date/Time: Sunday, February 11, 11:00 am
Morning Worship Service (Protestant). All are welcome.
Location: Beth El Temple Center
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 6, 8:00pm
Interfaith Forum sponsored by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (by invitation)
Location:   Beth El Temple Center
Date/Time:   Tuesday, March 13, 8:00pm
Interfaith Forum sponsored by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (by invitation)
Location: Stonehill College
Date/Time: Monday, March 19, 7:00pm
Location:    Beth El Temple Center
Date/Time:    Tuesday, March 20, 8:00pm
Interfaith Forum sponsored by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (by invitation)

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2006

FALL 2006

GAZINO style FASIL

Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form, presented monthly in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: DIONYSOS club/restaurant
617 661 6800
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Thursday, August 24th, 2006 9:30 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

 

The Continuation of Ottoman Music

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Original compositions for instruments and voices by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol combining the idioms of Ottoman traditional music with contemporary media and methods. Mehter (Janissary music), sema (Sufi devotional music), and ince saz müziği (instrumental music) are explored producing striking new pieces which carry on and extend their traditional models. The concert will end with a composition inspired by W. A. Mozart.

Location: Boston University, Concert Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $15, Student/Seniors $10

Co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts at BU. This event is funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and Meet the Composer, Inc., with additional support from ASCAP, The Virgil Thomson Fund, and with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

GAZINO style FASIL

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Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form, presented monthly in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: DIONYSOS club/restaurant
617 661 6800
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Thursday, September 28th, 2006 9:30 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

GAZINO style FASIL

Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form, presented monthly in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: DIONYSOS club/restaurant
617 661 6800
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Thursday, October 12th, 2006 9:30 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

European Travelers and the Ottomans

A concert dedicated to W. A. Mozart in the 250th year of his birth

A collaboration with The Boston Camerata, Joel Cohen, music director

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A dialogue between the music of Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries and Ottoman Turkish music of the same period, inspired by the notations and accounts of early European travelers.

The concert culminates in the music of Mozart himself, the most famous of the “alla turca” composers.

Location: Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre
Date/Time: Friday, October 27, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, Students/Seniors: $15
Location: RISD Auditorium
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 7:30 pm pre-concert talk, 8:00 pm concert

 

GAZINO style FASIL

Turkish classical and folk music in its most infectious form, presented monthly in an intimate setting with food and drink where audience interaction is expected.

Location: DIONYSOS club/restaurant
617 661 6800
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Thursday, November 2, 9:30 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

Jazz & Funk w/Mehmet Sanlıkol and Friends

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Original compositions for horns and rhythm section by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol combining the idioms of Jazz and Funk with a variety of Turkish and other world musics.

Location: Ryles Jazz Club
Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 9:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

SPRING 2006

Dostlar Beni Hatırlasın: Versions of Aşık Veysel, Turkish Troubadour

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A celebration of the poetry and music of the blind Turkish folk poet and singer Aşık Veysel Şatıroğlu (1894-1973) in a wide range of original, borrowed and newly-created settings for voices and traditional instruments.

Location: New England Conservatory , Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: Free

 

Wisdom and Turkish HumorKaragöz, Nasreddin Hoca and Keloğlan

with Dünya Ensemble, Mavi Dance and PALS Children’s Chorus

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This concert will explore three comic archetypes from Turkey in which practical wisdom mingles with satire and Sufi philosophy. In Part I of the concert the Dünya ensemble and Mavi Dance will present the traditional music and characters of the satirical urban shadow puppet theater, Karagöz and Hacivat. The second part of the concert moves from city to town with a half composed, half improvised ballet based on a story about the famous Turkish comic archetype: Nasreddin Hoca. The concert closes with the 60-piece PALS Children’s Chorus and the Dünya ensemble performing an original composition by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol about the foolish Keloğlan, the poor village “bald boy”.

Location: MIT, Big Kresge Auditorium
Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15, MIT students: $10
Produced in collaboration with The MIT Turkish Student Organization

 

Turkish Tangos of the 1930s and 40s
A Turkish dinner, with performance and dancing to benefit the DÜNYA organization

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European influences were beginning to be felt throughout the Ottoman Empire during its final days, setting the stage for the tango rage which struck the new Turkish Republic in the late 1920s. The Golden Age of the tango during these decades will be celebrated in this rare performance, featuring tango dancers Eray Yüksek and Martina Gracanin of Bailatango .

Dinner by Fazıl’s Mediterranean Kitchen

Location: Filarmonica Santo Antonio Cultural Center
Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $40

 

The Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project
(At the Faith Quilts project Grand Exhibition)

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The Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project is a series of interactive programs of music and conversation. The project’s aim is to foster awareness, deepen the dialogue, and celebrate commonalities among Jews, Christians and Muslims. The inspiration for these programs is the music and life of Ali Ufki, who lived in the cosmopolitan environment of seventeenth century Istanbul.

Location: Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama
Date/Time: April 9, 3:00pm
Price of admission: Free

 

The Music of Cyprus

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A concert bringing together Greek and Turkish musicians to present the musical traditions of the Greek and Turkish communities on the island of Cyprus.

Location: Club Passim
Date/Time: May 15, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $12
Produced in collaboration with Arabesque Mondays

 

GAZINO style FASIL

A concert of Turkish classical and folk music at the famous DIONYSOS night club and restaurant
where you are invited to join in and sing your heart out!

Featuring: Mehmet Ali SANLIKOL (voice, ud)
Mal BARSAMIAN (clarinet)
Cem MUTLU (voice, percussion)
Eylem BAŞALDI (violin)
Theodoulos VAKANAS (violin)
Location: DIONYSOS club/restaurant
617 661 6800
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Date/Time: Thursday, June 8th, 2006 9:30 pm
Price of admission: General: $15

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