Nefes from Istanbul and Balkans Sufi Bektashi Confraternities
directed by Kudsi Erguner
24 March 6 pm
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Cenacolo Palladiano
Ensemble Bîrûn 2018
Hakan Erkaraman VOCE
Berke Meyman VOCE
Burak Savaş VOCE
Buse Taş VOCE
Andriana Achitzanova Petala NEY
Giovanni De Zorzi NEY
Mert Sel TANBȖR
Deniz Halilağaoğlu KANUN
Dimitros Maragakis KEMENÇE
Nazeer Abdulhai ‘UD
Alexandros Rizopoulos PERCUSSIONI
The Ottoman music seminars will this year present the music of the Bektashi, a Sufi brotherhood originally from Khorasan, in what is now north-east Iran, starting from a manuscript published in Istanbul in 1933.
Ḥājjī Baktāsh Veli, the Sufi saint and eponym of the brotherhood, was a contemporary poet of Rumî (1207-1273). The branch of the brotherhood that developed between Istanbul and the Balkans produced a specific music (and literature) between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries known as Nefes, “murmurs of divine inspiration”. The event is presented over three appointments.
The Ottoman Music Seminar 2018 are held in association with CODARTS (Rotterdam) and ITU (Istanbul).
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