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Dancing to Turkish Music

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.

Roza Eskenazi with fellow musicians

Remembering the “Queen of Rembetika,” Roza Eskenazi: a new book and video documentary . . .

She was a prodigious and prolific talent, revered for her soul and her charisma, as well as for giving a voice to the underclass: the displaced, the poor and the desperate. Yet until now, her music and the extraordinary details of her life have remained relatively unknown.

Read the story at The Guardian.

The Mystic Music Festival (September 22-30) brought performing artists from Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Comoros, Bolivia, and Spain to Konya, Turkey, site of the tomb of Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th century founder of the Mevlevi, or “Whirling,” dervishes.  Nice videos of performances by Sain Zahoor of Pakistan and Kayhan Kalhor of Iran . . .

Rumi’s idea of finding the ‘Beloved’ through the human heart, and his message of tolerance seem particularly relevant today, given the Islamic State crisis lurking nearby on the Turkey-Syria border. . . . During the festival, big sema ceremonies (recitations of Koranic verses, along with music and whirling) held in a specially-built building, as well as more informal musical gatherings and sessions in hotels and other venues throughout the city.

http://www.reorientmag.com/2014/10/rumi/

https://vimeo.com/user30954201

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