Dancing to Turkish Music

Can Musical Harmony Rise Above the Wreckage of Israel-Turkey Ties?

One important aspect of the work of the Center for World Music is promoting inter-cultural understanding through performing arts. It’s not always easy.  Here’s a thought-provoking article, with nice music videos . . .

Band leader and clarinetist [Harel] Shachal is one of a small group of Israelis who have devoted themselves to learning and teaching the complicated nuances of Turkish music, which is quite distinct from the Arabic-style music typically performed in Israel by both Jews and Arabs. It is a style which has become much more visible in Israel over the last few years, despite the political difficulties that have arisen between Israel and Turkey over the same period.

Read on at The Times of Israel.