Music of Ottoman-Turkish Women Composers
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Building W15: MIT Chapel
48 MASSACHUSETTS AVE (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139
500 year old Ottoman music tradition owes a lot to the contribution of women composers, performers and teachers of Turkish music. Oldest documentations and illustrations which have survived until now of women performing music are from the 16th century. Studying musical activities of Ottoman women help us both understand the Ottoman tradition and the place of women in the music of modern Turkish society.
Performing works of numerous influential women composers dating from 17th century to present, some of which are Dilhayat Kalfa, Leyla Saz, Kevser Hanim, Mehves Hanim, Esma Sultan, Reftar Kalfa, Gevheri Osmanoglu, Neveser Kokdes.
Ceren Turkmenoglu - violin, rebab, bendir, voice
Volkan Efe - oud, ney, kemence, voice
Michael Harrist - bass, yayli tanbur, bendir, voice
Tev Stevig - guitars, tanbur, oud