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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)

SPONSORS
ITG
Seven Hills Restaurant
Gentle Movers
Picasso Travel

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

SPONSORS
Gentle Movers
ALP Travel
Picasso Travel
NEX Shipping
Marco Polo Moving
Mezun USA
T & C Construction

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