A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul

Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Schola Cantorum, Ensemble Trinitas, The New England Drum and Winds Mehterhane, DÜNYA İnce Saz Ensemble, DÜNYA Anadolu Folk Ensemble, DÜNYA Fasıl Ensemble and DÜNYA Arabesk Ensemble

The many layers of communal memory in this program proceed through Greek Orthodox music, secular Greek music, Crusader songs, music of the Ottoman ceremonial and military ensembles, Ottoman court music, Sufi ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jewish songs, urban music of the Armenians and Turks, and finally contemporary urban popular music full of longing and protest. On its own, each piece may communicate celebration, love, devotion or military might, but taken together, the mood of melancholy is unmistakable, which by now has been permanently woven into the fabric of this thriving cosmopolitan city.


WISDOM AND TURKISH HUMOR: A Conversation with the Creators

Behind the Scenes Featurette from DÜNYA’s WISDOM AND TURKISH HUMOR: Karagöz, Nasreddin Hoca, Keloğlan DVD. The musical journey of this program moves from the traditional to the original, making its way, at the same time, from city to town to village.


Dünya Size Güller Bize/For You The World, For Us The Roses

DÜNYA ensemble featuring Brenna MacCrimmon

Robert Labaree, çeng, voice
Brenna MacCrimmon, voice
Cem Mutlu, voice
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, saz, voice


DÜNYA ensemble at the Jewish Museum in Istanbul featuring Maftirim

Hadesh Kekedem
Text and possibly music by Haim Aboab (19th c.) Makam: Hicaz, Usul: Yürük Semai


Dillirga / Tillyrkotissa

DÜNYA ensemble, Live at Salamis Theatre, Famagusta, Cyprus