Sounds of the Bosphorus Concert: Ottoman Turkish Classical Music

photo of performersTuesday, March 20, 2018. 7:00pm.
Bradley Hall Theatre, 3rd floor

110 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Internationally renowned performers of Ottoman Turkish classical music, Ahmet Erdogdular vocals, percussion; Goksel Baktagir, kanun (zither); Omer Erdogdular, ney (reed flute); and Yurdal Tokcan, oud (lute), of Makam New York Ensemble, are known not only for preserving the classical genres and musical styles, but also for expanding its boundaries. At the nexus of the Bosphorus strait running through Istanbul, their rich repertoire is an outcome of centuries of artistic creation in a multicultural environment spread over three continents. The program, which The New York Times called “intoxicating,” features classical, spiritual, folk, and urban popular pieces, as well as taksim and gazel -  traditional improvisation on instruments and voice.

This free event is presented by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Minor and sponsored by the Rutgers University-Newark Cultural Programming Fund, the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newest Americans, the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, the Federated Department of History, and Rutgers Global.