TÜRKIYE: TURKISH FESTIVAL

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Turkish Festival: music

06.10.2004 > 16.01.2005


This festival, which provides just a sketch of Turkey with its incredible diversity, brings together the best groups in the country in the fields of pop, folk and religious music, as well as classical, traditional and western music.


28.10.2004 – 20:00
ERKAN OGUR & ISMAIL DEMIRCIOGLU
Erkan Ogur is an inspired, erudite musician, who is passionate about traditional music, he likes to reinvent the laws of the genre, devise new instruments and seek out unexpected crossovers. He has recorded with Philip Catherine.


30.10.2004 – 20:00 (Songs of Fraternity) and BGST dancers, aiming to give voice to the cultural structure shaped by various peoples living in Anatolia and Mesopotamia, has been arranging and performing the songs and dances of these peoples in their original languages. The project tries to underline the feeling of “fraternity” underlying the ethnic and cultural diversity, and to elaborate, through artistic means, on the similarities and differences between these cultures.

11.11.2004 – 20:00
ISTANBUL MUSIC & SEMA GROUP
Dervishes
Devoted to the religious and ritual music of Sufism, the group also aims to spread the values of humanism, love, fraternity and tolerance.

20.11.2004 – 20:00
CANDAN ERÇETIN
A television star, but also a producer, singer and composer, she holds the Chair of Music at the Lycée de Galatasaray. She loves French music and had a great success with “Ne me quitte pas” by Jacques Brel!

21.11.2004 – 17:00 ISTANBUL HANIMLARI
Harem music
Did you know this? The music of the harems was a re-invention of art music by highly cultured women in the “secret” places which became forums for creativity. This is born out by the talent of the Harem Group, set up in 1992, and made up entirely of women.


26.11.2004 – 20:00 NESET ERTAS & GÜLSEN KUTLU
The product of a musical dynasty, nurtured on tradition and established in Germany, Neset Ertas is the bard of immigration par excellence, adored by Turks for his poetry and sensitivity.
Translation available.


28.11.2004 – 11:00
TAHIR AYDOGDU
Tahir Aydogdu is the kanun player par excellence. He is musical councellor at Radio Ankara and also an exceptional performer who plays both jazz and classics, a talent that has taken him all over the world. He is accompanied by percussion, ney (flute) and kemence (violin).


03.12.2004 – 20:00
(19:30 Intro Nedim Gürsel)
AKIS ENSEMBLE

Under the direction of the undisputed master of classical Turkish music, Mustafa Dogan Dikmen, the group finds inspiration in the texts of Yunus Emre, a great Sufi poet of the 13th century, who was a tolerant humanist.



04.12.2004 – 15:00
MUAMMER KETENCOGLU & HIS ZEYBEK ENSEMBLE
The accordionist Muammer Ketencoglu and his ensemble excelin the rebetiko – a mixture of Greek and Turkish music – and the popular repertoire of Anatolia. Their music brings enjoyment to the whole of Europe.


10.12.2004 – 20:00 (19:30 Intro Jérome Cler)
TURHAL ALEV
On the margins of “official” Sunni Islam, the community ofAlevi (“child of Ali”) practises its own ritual (Cem), with music and dance comprising the main functions. The Turhal Alevi group has skilfully and with discernment adapted the essential parts of this ritual for the stage.


20.12.2004 – 20:00
FAZIL SAY & SERTAB ERENER
One of the great pianists of his (youthful) generation, and also a composer, together with the very glamorous winner of Eurovision 2003 decided to come together for an extraordinary concert, alternating the classical repertoire and improvisation!


13.01.2005 – 20:00
FERHAN EN FARZAN ÖNDER
These talented twin sisters combine the east, where they come from, with the west, where they were trained: this becomes subtly clear during their concert which covers Stravinski, Borodin, Rachmaninov and Balakirev (as well as Islamey, of course!).

 


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