FALL 2004

Osmanlı Musıkisinin Devamı / The Continuation of Ottoman Music


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


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


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


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



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


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 


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, 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

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