Melodies on the Eastern Wind: An Evening of Traditional Ottoman and Turkish Music

Boston based musicians Ceren Türkmenoğlu, Michael K. Harrist and George Lernis will present a concert of Ottoman and Turkish music at the Mariposa in Peterborough at 7pm on Saturday, December 7. Highlighting the cosmopolitan nature of Istanbul and other urban centers of the Ottoman world, the ensemble will present a wide range of repertoire spanning five centuries that features pieces by composers of Turkish, Polish, Greek and Moldavian origin. The performance will feature instruments such as rebab, yaylı tanbur, bendir, küdum, santur and violin and will include taksim, or improvising within the mode of the tradition.

Tickets are $10 for Mariposa members and $20 for nonmembers. Purchase at the links below or call 603-924-4555 to reserve.


Melodies on the Eastern Wind: An Evening of Traditional Ottoman and Turkish MusicCeren Türkmenoğlu ( is a versatile musician; a classical violinist, a multi-instrumentalist in Turkish music and an explorer of ethnomusicology. Studying in Ankara, Turkey and Leipzig, Germany, she worked in Ankara State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, she moved to Boston where she leads an active musical life performing in recitals, chamber music ensembles and orchestras in and around Boston. Alongside her classical music career, she is a performer of Turkish music and performs on traditional instruments such as rebab and bendir. Through her music, she aims to revive the traditional roots and bring out the interconnections in between cultures. Her project ‘Music from Where the Sun Rises’, that focuses on Turkish classical music, was awarded the Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation.






Melodies on the Eastern Wind: An Evening of Traditional Ottoman and Turkish Music

Michael K. Harrist ( is a multi-instrumentalist (specializing in contrabass and yaylı tanbur), composer, educator and concert promoter based in Kittery, ME. Michael works with artists in a wide array of traditions and has performed throughout North America and Europe with various ensembles including Ameranouche, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Çeşni Trio, Orchestrotica, Luke Concannon, Sol & Kiel, Capillary Action and Mitos Orchestra. Michael’s teachers include W. A. Mathieu, Ross Daly, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, George Ruckert, Fred Stubbs, Evgenios Voulgaris, Aruna Narayan, Stan Charkey, James Macdonald, Amer Latif and Refik Algan.







Melodies on the Eastern Wind: An Evening of Traditional Ottoman and Turkish Music

Born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus George Lernis ( is a drummer and world percussionist. In addition to the drums George specializes in a number of instruments such as: the Santur (microtonal dulcimer), Darbuka, Bendir (frame drum), Riq (Arabic tambourine) and Davul. George holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Performance and a master’s degree from Longy Conservatory in Modern American Music. Throughout his studies in the US he attended private lessons with master musicians such as: Bob Gullotti, John Ramsay, Kenwood Dennard, Dave DiCenso, Mark Walker, Jerry Leake, Dave Samuels, Gary Barton and Gary Chaffee among others. Over the last few years George has recorded and collaborated with prominent figures and ensembles such as: Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Tiger Okoshi and A Far Cry String Orchestra just to name a few. George has performed in venues such as the Carnegie Hall (NY) and Lincoln Center (NY).

Hiroya Tsukamoto in Concert

Hiroya Tsukamoto in ConcertHiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer fuses folk, jazz, and world music. Born and raised in Japan, in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the U.S.

“In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto’s guitar work was just ridiculous,” wrote Trevor Lewis of the Rochester City News. “Right from the beginning of his first song, it was obvious that the folks in Bernunzio’s were in for a treat. His brand of finger style guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound. One song that drove that point home was his set opener, ‘From Coast to Coast,’ a song that had some of the fastest harmonic runs I’ve heard.”

Tsukamoto’s instrumental abilities are indeed breathtaking and astounding, but his performances are so much more than that. He has the unique capability of engaging an audience through a personable and genuine approach that transfixes his audience and almost transcends his capabilities as a guitarist. Audience members will be mesmerized; Tsukamoto plays with an effortless skill on the guitar and a repertoire that will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions.

Tsukamoto headlines concerts throughout the U.S. as well as internationally including Blue Note in New York City and on Japanese National Television. Most recently, Hiroya won second place in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship in 2018.

“Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey”
-Boston Herald

Admission: $10 for Mariposa members (advance purchase recommended); $12 for nonmembers in advance, $15 at the door.