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Author: Sanlıkol

2005

FALL 2005

Master Drummer-Master Dancer

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A concert featuring the close relationship of Master Drummer and Master Dancer in selected corners of the world: the Middle East, Senegal, North India and Puerto Rico.

Location: MIT, Big Kresge Hall
Date/Time: Friday, September 9, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15, MIT  students: $10
Produced in collaboration with The MIT Turkish Student Organization

 

Osmanlı Musikisinin Devamı / The Continuation of Ottoman Music

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Original compositions for instruments and voices by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol combining the idioms of Ottoman traditional music with contemporary media and methods. Mehter (Janissary music), sema (Sufi devotional music), and ince saz müzigi (instrumental music) are explored producing striking new pieces which carry on and extend their traditional models. The concert will feature the first appearance of The New England Drum and Winds Mehterhane.

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University
Date/Time: Friday, October 14, 8:00pm
Price of admission: General: $20, students/seniors: $15

 

Middle Eastern Rap, Funk, Disco Night

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Middle Eastern and American musicians, together with Turkish and Armenian rappers and singers,in a program of Middle Eastern Rap, Funk, and Disco music rarely heard by American audiences.

Location: RYLES’ Jazz Club/Upstairs
Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 9:00pm
Price of admission: General: $15

 

The Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project

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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: Temple Beth Zion
Date/Time: December 4, 5:00pm
Price of admission: General: $18, students/seniors: $16

 

And also…DÜNYA presents,
Once a month Meyhane Style Fasıl Nights at the Zeitgeist Gallery

Feel free to bring your own Rakı and Meze…
Come and join our Arifhane!

Fasıl 1 Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 pm $10
Fasıl 2 Saturday, October 29, 9:30 pm $10
Fasıl 3 Saturday, December 10, 9:30 pm $10

Location: 1353 Cambridge Street
Inman Square, Cambridge
Tel: 617 876 6060

 

SPRING 2005

Gel gör beni aşk neyledi / Come see what love has done to me

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Turkish songs, instrumental music and poetry on love and its consequences, with girls’ chorus, soloists and an ensemble of winds, strings and percussion co-sponsored by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England directed by Robert Labaree

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

 

Anadolu Rock/Pop

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During the late 60s and early 70s in Turkey a new trend in popular music came into being which combined American Rock and Pop with Turkish village music. The synthesis of these styles produced a musical language different from the more dominant Arabesk style which represented rural migrants recently arrived in the cities. Anadolu Rock/Pop appealed instead to the more educated classes. By the 1980s the style had faded in popularity but its classics continue to be played and remembered all over Turkey.

Location: Tufts University, Cohen Auditorium
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 8:00pm
Price of admission: $10
Produced in collaboration with Tufts Turkish Student Association

 

Ali Ufki’nin Mezmurları / The Psalms of Ali Ufki

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Ali Ufki, born Wojciech Bobowski as a Polish Christian, converted to Islam after his capture by the Ottoman Turks at the age of 30, and became renowned as a musician and translator in the imperial court. His own collection of Turkish psalms based on the Genevan Psalter provides the starting point for this celebration of the intersection of Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, Turkish Sufism, and Protestant Christianity.

Location: Harvard Fogg Art Museum
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 pm
Price of admission: $15
Produced in collaboration with Center of Middle Eastern Studies,
Center of Jewish Studies at Harvard and Harvard Art Museum

 

Osmanlı’da Ermeni Bestekarlar / Armenian Composers of the Ottoman Empire

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This concert will feature the music of the Armenian composers of the late Ottoman Empire. The legendary Armenian performers of Boston will join forces with a new generation of Turkish and American musicians

Location: MIT, Big Kresge Hall
Date/Time: Friday, May 20, 8:00pm
Price of admission: $10
Produced in collaboration with the MIT Turkish Student Association

SPONSORS
Gentle Movers
Mezun USA

2004

FALL 2004

Osmanlı Musıkisinin Devamı / 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.

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Killian Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, September 25, 8:00pm
Price of admission: $5

 

Cumhuriyet Tangoları / Turkish Tangos of the 1930s and 40s

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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 coinciding with Turkish Republic Day.

Location: Northeastern University, Curry Student Center Ballroom
Date/Time: Saturday, October 30, 8:00pm
Price of admission: Free

 

Yunan ve Türk Dini Günleri II / Greek and Turkish Holy Days II

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On November 22, 2003 the first Greek and Turkish Holy Days concert celebrated two very important Holy Days of Orthodox Christianity and Islam which fell on the same day: The entrance of Mary(Theotokos) into the Temple and the revelation of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad. This year, members of the Orthodox and Muslim communities of Boston come together once again to celebrate these Holy days with Sufi and Byzantine music in mutual respect and joy.

Location: St.Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline
Date/Time: Friday, November 12, 8:00pm
Price of admission: General: $5

 

DÜNYA Jazz Ensemble featuring Tiger Okoshi

Location: Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 1st
Price of admission: $15


Gazeller: The Voices of the East

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During the latter days of the Ottoman Empire some of the most popular singers of commercial songs in Turkish were the hafız, individuals especially trained to improvise performances of The Holy Koran in Arabic. It was usually only the hafız who was considered up to the task of singing gazel, the highly prized free-rhythm improvisation on secular love poetry, a practice which has a number of parallels in Arabic and Greek music, as well. This concert will feature a dialogue between Turkish, Arabic and Greek musicians in the improvised love song tradition they share.

Location: Club Passim, Harvard Square
Date/Time: Monday, December 20, 8:00pm
Price of admission: $12

 

SPRING 2004

Cazda Türkiye, Türkiye’de Caz / Turkey in Jazz, Jazz in Turkey

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An exploration of the mutual influences of Turkish music and Jazz in the work of a variety of Turkish and American musicians

Location: Northeastern University
Raytheon Amphitheater
Date/Time: Saturday, January 31
7:00 pm opening reception, 8:00pm Concert
Price of admission: Free

 

Allah adını Zikredelim / Let us repeat the name of God
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In the zikir ceremonies of the Turkish sufi orders, repeated musical phrases and texts create a group experience which is both contemplative and ecstatic. In this concert, the Turkish zikir takes its place alongside African-American Gospel music and Haitian vodoun, which also rely on repetitive rhythms, words and melodies to pull us inward and upward.

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Killian Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, February 28, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: Free

 

Hocalarımız ile Sohbetler / Conversations with Our Teachers

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A concert in which performers of Turkish classical and folk music pay their respects to their sources. Live performers interact with each other and with recordings of three generations of revered musicians, both the famous and the anonymous.

Location: New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Date/Time: Thursday, March 25, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: Free

 

Ali Ufki’nin Mezmurları / The Psalms of Ali Ufki 

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Ali Ufki, born Albert Bobowski in 1610, was a Polish Christian who converted to Islam after his capture by the Ottoman Turks, becoming renowned as a court musician, as a notator of Ottoman classical music, and as a Bible translator. In this concert of sacred music, Ali Ufki’s own settings of the psalms in Ottoman classical style will receive a rare performance.

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline
Date/Time: Palm Sunday, April 4, 5:00 pm
Price of admission: Free

 

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: Club Passim, Harvard Square
Date/Time: Monday, April 19, 8:00pm

SPONSORS
Gentle Movers
The Turkish American Cultural Society of New England
The MIT Turkish Student Association
The Graduate and Professional Student Association at NU

2003: PREMIER EVENT

Greek & Turkish Holy Days/Sacred Music Celebration

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This year two very important Holy Days of Islam and Orthodox Christianity are celebrated on the same day: The entrance of Mary (Theotokos) into the Temple and the revelation of the Qurąan to the Prophet Muhammad. In tonightąs event, members of the Muslim and Christian communities of Boston come together and perform sacred music with mutual respect and joy.

Location: Paine Hall, Harvard University
Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 2003, 8:00 pm
Price of admission: FREE
Sponsored by The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and The Turkish American Cultural Society of New England