A Song for those in Love with God 

Türki beray-ı aşıkan-ı Hüda / A Song for those in love with God

text: Şahin (17th c.) music: anonymous
Transcribed by Ali Ufuki
Edited by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, voice, üç telli
Robert Labaree, çeng, voice

We came across this tune in Ali Ufuki’s 17th century collection which bears the character of a Bektashi Sufi devotional song with some of the most amazing words (the text and its translation can be found in the YouTube video’s “more info” section).

 

DÜNYA’s Documentary Film: WHAT A WORLD

with Robert Labaree
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
Cem Mutlu
Brenna MacCrimmon
Phaedon Sinis
and Mal Barsamian
including special appearances from Cemal Kafadar

What A World offers a captivating look at DÜNYA which has explored a wide range of music from around the world since its founding in 2004. The film shows the ensemble performing an amazing concert of music from 20th century Istanbul while interviews with the band members reveal their diverse backgrounds as well as insights about the surprising cultural and musical links between Boston and Turkey.

 

A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul

Directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

featuring,
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

MUSIC OF CYPRUS
DÜNYA ensemble, Live at Salamis Theatre, Famagusta, Cyprus