FALL 2013

From the “jazz” of Istanbul to the “blues” of Anatolia

This concert will include folk, religious and popular music from Anatolia, interwoven with classical Ottoman music and urban popular music from different centuries.

Location: AIC Center Boston, 38 Newbury Street #702, Boston, MA
Date/Time: Saturday, September 21, doors open at 7:30PM
Suggested donation: $15


Ottoman Art and Entertainment Musics:
Phanariots, Cantors and Dance


A concert exploring works by Greek-Ottoman composers, transcriptions by Greek Orthodox cantors and urban entertainment music from 17th through 19th centuries.

Location: Harvard University, Holden Chapel
Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, 6 PM
Price: $15, Harvard Students $10


From the Byzantine Echos to Ottoman Makam

A concert featuring DÜNYA musicians as well as Greek Orthodox cantors performing Byzantine and Ottoman music together.

Location: CUNY, Elebash Recital Hall
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 8 PM
Price: FREE



Istanbul: East Meets West
Europeans and Ottomans Listen to Each Other, 1500-1700


How is it possible to convey through music something of the complex interactions and tangled identities of these two regions over even two centuries? As the repertoire on this program demonstrates, the concoction of fact, imagination, paranoia, dogma, pragmatism, fantasy, curiosity and misinformation which falls from the pages of letters, diaries and consular reports in this period is matched in the musical documents on both sides. A central figure of this program is the famous Ali Ufki. Included in his collection were numerous pieces which he identified as “European”. We have put pieces excavated from Ali Ufki’s one-of-a-kind collection together with other pieces from western sources to reveal how, in these early modern centuries, The Other was deeply rooted in everyday lives and imaginations on both sides.

Locations, Dates/Times
Thursday, January 24, 7:30 PM –  The First Religious Society, Carlisle
Friday, January 25, 7:30 PM – The Congregational Church of Weston
Saturday, January 26, 7:30 PM – The Salem Athenaeum
Sunday, January 27, 4 PM –  Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich
Monday, January 28, 7:30 PM – Christ Church, Cambridge



with special guests: Brenna MacCrimmon and Phaedon Sinis

A concert exploring one hundred fifty years of music from Istanbul’s many music venues:
tavern and Sufi lodge, salon and cinema 

program       photos

Locations, Dates/Times, Price
Sunday, March 3, 8:00 PM –  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, FREE
Monday, March 4, 8:00 PM – Salem State University, $10/$5 stdnts & snrs. FREE w/Salem State student ID
Tuesday, March 5, 8:00 PM – Dartmouth College, FREE
Friday, March 8, 8:00 PM –  Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College (7:30 PM pre-concert talk), FREE
Saturday, March 9, 5:00 PM – Holden Chapel, Harvard University, $5 for Harvard Undergraduates, $10 for the public (this event will be a seminar-recital)