Turkish and Rumeli Music: Contemporary Encounters with Tradition - Dolunay and Çeşni Trio
This concert double-header features two unique interpreters of the music of the lands once ruled by the Ottomans. The Brooklyn, NY based trio Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) draws upon the songs from the Turkish people living across Rumeli, the former region of the Ottoman Balkans. Dolunay’s intimate sound, sparse in loudness and textured with the dissonance of eastern blues, gives way to a sound at once earthy and celestial, the size of which defies that of the small makeup of the band. The ensemble is Jenny Luna (voice, percussion), Adam Good (ud, tambura) and Eylem Basaldi (violin). www.dolunaynyc.com
The music of Boston based Çeşni Trio is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining personal and contemporary. The ensemble guides listeners from dove-tailing contemplative melodies to odd-metered tunes that throw caution to the wind. Çeşni Trio is Tev Stevig (tanbur, ud, fretless 7-string guitar, alternatelli), Michael K. Harrist (yayli tanbur, ney, double bass) and Fabio Pirozzolo (darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak, riq). https://www.tevstevig.com/cesni-trio
Tickets for Turkish Music are $20 for adults, $15 for members, $10 for children - advance purchase recommended.