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MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE
This exciting event brings together the talents of DÜNYA and two other musical groups from each of the three Abrahamic traditions for an afternoon of celebration and song through Christian gospel songs, Sufi melodies, and Jewish music.
Location: Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott, MA
PLAYING FOR THE PLANET: World Strings Against Climate Change
DÜNYA performs along with South Indian music and classical guitar music. Proceeds of the event will benefit the environmental advocacy group 350.org. Great music for a great cause.
Location: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
TWO SACRED MUSIC TRADITIONS FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Syriac and Greek Orthodox Christianity, a Comparison
This program offers a rare opportunity to hear practitioners of the music of Eastern Christianity, rarely heard by Americans who are not members of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox Churches. Syriac Orthodoxy uses the oldest surviving liturgy in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and the language of much of the Talmud. Greek Orthodoxy uses liturgical forms and texts that date back to the first century A.D. and was the official religion of the Byzantine empire which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 4th through the 15th centuries.
Two expert cantors will explore, through performance and dialogue, the shared musical language and the unique musical traits of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox traditions. Gabriel Aydın representing Syriac Orthodoxy and Menios Karanos representing Greek Orthodoxy will be joined by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, who will act as a moderator of this lecture-performance.
Location: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Maliotis Cultural Center, Dukakis Wing
Location: New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall
An Intimate Evening of 17th Century Ottoman Music
Ali Ufki, born Albert Bobowski in 1610, was a Polish Christian who converted to Islam after his capture by the Ottoman Turks and spent the remainder of his life in Istanbul, becoming renowned as a court musician, as a notator of Ottoman classical music, and as a Bible translator. This intimate concert of 17th century Ottoman music is mostly based on repertoire Ali Ufki collected in a unique manuscript—the famous Mecmua-i Saz–ı Söz of 1650—which preserved for modern times about a thousand songs and instrumental pieces, the first instance in which western staff notation was applied to Turkish music. Come to this one of a kind event to hear a special program of early Ottoman court, Sufi and entertainment music, performed by the DÜNYA ensemble with translations and projections of the Ali Ufki manuscript.
Location: AIC Center, 38 Newbury St. Suite 702 (7th Floor)
Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire–Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue–demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews established with members of Muslim mystical brotherhoods. Leading scholar, Prof. Edwin Seroussi in a panel of three will speak on cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, followed by dialogue with the audience.
The program will conclude with a lively recital featuring an ensemble of Jewish, Muslim and Christian vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating examples of relevant musical repertoire.
Folk, classical, religious and popular music of the Ottoman/Turkish tradition, interwoven with classical Ottoman music newly transcribed from 19th century Greek sources, Bektaşi Sufi music, Turkish-Jewish maftirim pieces in Hebrew based on Sufi music, and newly-composed polyphonic makam compositions.