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Makam Bosnia Workshop

July 6-8, 2018

3day/5hrs a day classes: 10am-4pm

Class Fee: 80 Euro

We are excited to announce 1st Annual Makam Bosnia Workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This year the workshop will offer two classes that will focus on practical use of music theory, intonation, and modal repertoire analysis and interpretation taught by world-renowned master teachers.

Omer Erdoğdular will teach a class with a focus on makam, repertoire, improvisation, and ornamentation techniques primarily for ney, although all instruments are welcome. Coming from a long lineage of music teachers, Ömer Erdoğdular provides in his lessons an opportunity for students to learn the aesthetically unique aspects and styles of Turkish classical music and recognize ney’s distinctive place in this musical tradition.

Ahmet Erdoğdular is a leading vocal soloist noted for his role in preserving the classical singing style of the Turkish musical tradition. His class will focus on singing skills, improvisational techniques and performance of various forms of Turkish sufi music. Ahmet Erdoğdular will give attention to repertoire, rhythms, and ear training, enabling even those new to modal music to understand its concepts and engage in creative pursuit. Improvisation, the pinnacle of modal music performer, will be encouraged from the start. Instrumentalists are also welcome.

CLASSES OFFERED:

Singing and Vocal Improvisation – Ahmet Erdoğdular
Ney – Ömer Erdoğdular

 

WORKSHOP: “MAKAM BOSNIA“ U SARAJEVU POD VODSTVOM EMINENTNIH TURSKIH PREDAVAĆA!

Zadovoljstvo nam je najaviti 1. godišnju radionicu “Makam Bosnia” u Sarajevu, koja če se održati 6. 7. i 8. jula ove godine. Ova workshop radionica nudi dvije nastave koje će se usredotočiti na praktično korištenje teorije muzike, intonacije i modalnog repertoara analize i tumačenja svjetski poznatih turskih majstora iz branše.

Predavači ovih exluzivnih workshopova koji će se dogoditi u Sarajevu ovog ljeta su eminentni turski vokalni solist Omer Erdoğdular, jedan od prvih majstorskih učitelja koji se bazirao na podučavanje iz oblasti turske klasične muzičke baštine u inozemstvu. On će podučavati nastavu s naglaskom na makam, repertoar, improvizaciju i tehnike ukrašavanja, prvenstveno za instrument nay, iako su svi instrumenti dobrodošli.

Također, jedan od predavača je i Ahmet Erdoğdular, jedan od vodećih vokalni solista sa ulogom u očuvanju klasičnog pjevanja turske muzičke tradicije. On će obratiti pažnju na repertoar, ritam i improvizaciju.


Ahmet Erdoğdular is Turkey’s foremost vocalist noted for his role in preserving the classical singing style of the Ottoman Turkish musical tradition. He started studying music at an early age with his father, neyzen Ömer Erdoğdular, and continued his musical development with the guidance of the renowned musician Niyazi Sayın. He participated in various concerts as a lead singer while still a teenager. Ahmet holds a BA degree from the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he also completed his Masters degree in Turkish Classical Music under the guidance of Professor Alaeddin Yavaşça. He specialized in Turkish gazel (improvisation) technique, while his academic research is on the use of music and poetry in gazel forms of the late Ottoman period. Ahmet studied makam and improvisation techniques with Niyazi Sayın, Necdet Yaşar and Kani Karaca, and performed with them in Turkey and around the world. Studying the techniques of masters of Ottoman music like Munir Nurettin Selçuk, Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, Ahmet learned the classical singing style. With his father, he also analyzed the old LP recordings of Hafiz Sami, Hafiz Kemal, Hafiz Osman, Izak Al Gazi, Munir Nurettin Selçuk, Sadettin Kaynak, Üsküdarli Ali Efendi, Hafiz Mecid and others, learning their voice and singing techniques in forms such as classical songs, gazel, kaside, and mevlid. From these great masters Ahmet learned the ways in which poetry is matched to the music so that the literary substance and the musical composition are equally represented when performing vocal improvisation. Ahmet also studied and performs Sufi musical repertoire that over centuries integrated spiritual practice and artistic expression. Those include the naat in Mevlevi ayins, as well as ilahi (hymns) and kaside (improvisation on religious poetry), as essential components of the Sufi zikir (remembrance ceremony).
Ahmet Erdoğdular participated in various festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States performing both Ottoman classical and Sufi music. Ahmet participated in festivals such as the Biennale di Venezia, International Gazel Festival, the International Mystic Sufi Music Festival, Fez Sacred Music Festival, and a number of music festivals in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. He performed as naathan and ayinhan in The Sacred Encounter, a documentary presented by the Turkish Ministry of Culture to UNESCO for the proclamation of 2007 as The Year of Rumi.
Ahmet worked at the Turkish Radio as soloist, recorded a number of music program series for different television companies, was a guest soloist for two years at the State Turkish Classical Music Ensemble, and is frequently featured in the Turkish Radio Television TV music programs. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology department. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc., a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdoğdular plays tambur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Turkish classical music. He is based in New York and Istanbul. www.ahmeterdogdular.com

Ahmet Erdoğdular je počeo učiti muziku u ranoj dobi sa svojim ocem, te nastavio muzički razvoj uz vodstvo poznatog muzičara Niyazi Sayın. Diplomirao je na Državnom konzervatoriju Tehničkog univerziteta u Istanbulu gdje je završio magisterij turske klasične muzike pod vodstvom profesora Alaeddina Yavaşça. Specijalizirao je tursku gazelsku (improvizacijsku) tehniku. Ahmet je studirao makam i improvizacijske tehnike s Niyazi Sayınom, Necdet Yaşarom i Kani Karacom i nastupao s njima u Turskoj i širom svijeta. Od velikih majstora Ahmet je naučio načine na koje se poezija usklađuje s muzikom, te je također proučavao i izvodio sufi muzički repertoar. Također, Ahmet je učestvovao na raznim festivalima u Europi, Aziji i Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama koji izvode i osmanske klasične i sufijske muzike. Nastupao je naathan i ayinhan u “Svetom susretu”, dokumentarcu kojeg je tursko ministarstvo kulture predstavilo UNESCO-u za proglašenje 2007. godine kao godina Ruma.
Radio je na turskom radiju kao solist, snimio niz serijala muzičkih programa za različite televizijske tvrtke, dvije godine bio gost solist na Ansamblu državne turske klasične muzike, a često se pojavljuje u TV programima turske televizije. Bio je gostujući naučnik na Univerzitetu Columbia i Gradskom univerzitetu u New Yorku, Odjel za etnomuzikologiju postdiplomskog centra.

Ömer Erdoğdular started studying music while still a child. He was born in Konya in 1949 and grew up in Istanbul, initially learning ney from his father. In 1965 he began studying with Ümit Gürelman, and soon after started lessons with Niyazi Sayın, which continued for many years. In addition to music, he studied Turkish literature and history with some of the most prominent intellectuals, considered a bridge between the Ottoman and Turkish intellectual tradition.
In the following two decades, he participated in many radio and TV programs, concerts, and artistic collaborations in a period when ney, and Turkish classical music in general, just began to be rediscovered in Turkey. While still a teenager, he performed in popular Turkish radio programs. In the 1960s he directed an ensemble that for the first time in Istanbul revived the Mevlevi Sufi artistic and intellectual tradition associated with Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi. In 1980 he first appeared in concert with the celebrated soloist Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, and from then on played in most of his concerts. From 1984 to 1987, Ömer Erdoğdular was a neyzen in Nevzat Atlığ’s Ministry of Culture Classical Turkish Music Chorus. He made several recordings, among them with Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, tanburi Necdet Yaşar and kemençevi İhsan Özgen. In 1987 he became a member of the Ministry of Culture’s Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble founded by Necdet Yaşar of which he is still an active member.
He was part of Bosphorus instrumental group, the first Turkish ensemble to visit Greece, inaugurating cultural cooperation between the two countries. Ömer Erdoğdular continued his cultural ambassadorship by being one of the first master teachers to teach Turkish classical music abroad. In Turkey, he was the only master teacher who taught on a regular basis for more than twenty years, attracting students from all around Turkey and the world.
As a soloist, a member of the Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble and the Necdet Yaşar Ensemble, Ömer Erdoğdular performed around Turkey and in Europe, United States, Japan and the Middle East participating in various festivals, concerts, recitals and workshops. With the Necdet Yaşar Ensemble, he participated in a two-month tour in 1991, introducing Turkish classical music in 25 concerts around the United States. He continues to devote a significant amount of his time to teaching, both in Istanbul, Turkey and in seminars and workshops abroad, such as the Sufi Music Retreat in the United States, the Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Greece, and Makamhane in Austria. www.omererdogdular.com

Ömer Erdoğdular počeo je studirati muziku dok je još bio dijete. Rođen je u Konyi 1949. godine, a odrastao je u Istanbulu, u početku uči o od svog oca. Godine 1965. počeo je studirati s Ümit Gürelmanom, a uskoro počeo poučavati Niyazi Sayın, koji je trajao dugi niz godina. Osim muzike, studirao je tursku književnost i historiju s nekim od najistaknutijih intelektualaca, koji se smatraju mostom između osmanske i turske intelektualne tradicije.

U narednih dvije decenije učestvovao je u mnogim radio i TV programima, koncertima i umjetničkim suradnjama u razdoblju kada je nova, a turska klasična muzika općenito, počela ponovno otkrivati ​​u Turskoj.

Bio je dio instrumentalne grupe Bosphorus, prvog turskog ansambla koji je posjetio Grčku i započeo kulturnu suradnju dviju zemalja. Ömer Erdoğdular nastavio je svoje kulturno veleposlanstvo kao jedan od prvih majstorskih učitelja podučavanja turske klasične muzike u inozemstvu. U Turskoj je bio jedini učitelj koji je redovno poučavao više od dvadeset godina, privlačeći studente iz cijele Turske i svijeta.

 

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7th Annual Turkish Music Institute Workshop March 16-20, 2018

March 16-20, 2018
5day/5hrs a day classes: 10am-4pm
Class Fee: $485

We are excited to announce 7th Annual Turkish Music Institute Workshop in New York City. This year the workshop will offer five classes that will focus on practical use of music theory, intonation, and modal repertoire analysis and interpretation taught by world-renowned master teachers.

We are keeping the class fee low thanks to our sponsor and grantors in an effort to keep the workshop accessible to the widest possible audience.

You will find a link below with some suggestions about affordable places to stay in the area. The workshop will take place in midtown Manhattan, with the largest concentration of hotels, the hub of public transportation, and easily accessible even from outside of Manhattan.

 

CLASSES OFFERED:

Singing and Vocal Improvisation – Ahmet Erdoğdular
Ney – Ömer Erdoğdular
Oud – Yurdal Tokcan
Kanun – Göksel Baktagir
Modal Music Composition and Orchestration – Ross Daly

 

To register please send payment to Makam New York P.O. Box 250689 New York, NY 10025, or pay through Paypal


Turkish Music Institute Workshop




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Concert, Mediterranean Crossings, Taksim in Suzidilara

Suzidilara taksim

Concert, Mediterranean Crossings
Ney taksim by Omer Erdogdular in makam (mode) Suzidilara (this makam invented by Sultan Selim III.)
Sultam Selim III:
A great lover of music, Sultan Selim III was a composer and performer of significant talent. He created fourteen makam-s (melodic types), three of which are in current use today. Sixty-four compositions by Selim III are known today, some of which are part of the regular repertory of Turkish classical music performerance. Aside from composing music, Selim III also performed on the ney (reed flute) and tanbur (long-necked, fretted lute).

Selim III’s interest in music started in his days as a prince (shahzade) when he studied under Kırımlı Ahmet Kamil Efendi and Tanburi İzak Efendi. He was especially respectful of Tanburi İzak Efendi, and it is recounted that the Sultan rose in respect when Tanburi İzak Efendi entered the court.

As a patron of the arts, Selim III encouraged musicians of his day, including Dede Efendi and Baba Hamparsum. The Hamparsum notation system that Selim commissioned became the dominant notation for Turkish and Armenian music. His name is associated with a school in Classical Turkish Music due to the revival and rebirth of music at his court. Selim III was also interested in western music and in 1797 invited an opera troupe for the first opera performance in the Ottoman Empire.

Writing under the nom de plume ″İlhami″, Selim’s poetry is collected in a divan. Among regular attendees of his court were Şeyh Galib, considered one of the four greatest Ottoman poets. Galib is now considered to have been not only an intimate friend of the Sultan, as they were both quite close in age, but through Galib’s poetry you find an overwhelming support for his new military reforms

Selim III was a member of the Mevlevi Order of Sufi Whirling Dervishes, and entered into the order at the Galata Mevlevihanesi under the name ″Selim Dede”. He was a renowned composer, creating many musical compositions, including a Mevlevi ayin, a long and complex liturgical form performed during the semâ (religious ceremonies) of the Mevlana (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi) Tariqah of Sufi Whirling Mystics, in makam Suzidilara.

He extended his patronage to Antoine Ignace Melling, whom he appointed as the court architect in 1795. Melling constructed a number of palaces and other buildings for the Sultan and created engravings of contemporary Constantinople.

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Concert, Mediterranean Crossings, Kurdilihicazkar fasil

Concert, Mediterranean Crossings

Kurdilihicazkar fasil (The fasıl is a suite in Ottoman classical music. A classical fasıl generally includes movements such as taksim, peşrev, kar, beste, agır semai, yuruk semai, gazel, şarkı and saz semai, played continuously without interludes and interconnected through aranagme arrangements. A modern fasıl typically includes movements such as taksim, peşrev, şarkı (agır aksak), yuruk semai, Turk aksagı, taksim, sarkı (a few with increasing tempo) and saz semai.)

Koparan sinemi agyar elidir in makam Kurdilihicazkar by Bimen Sen (Sen came from a music-loving family and was esteemed for his singing. As a child, Sen performed hymns in the Armenian church and quickly became well-known. At age eleven, while visiting Bursa, he was introduced to Hacı Arif Bey. As an adult, Sen moved to Istanbul, and was able to improve his financial situation and establish connections with people in various circles. He studied with some of the most influential musical figures of the day, including Hacı Arif Bey, Tanburi Cemil Bey, Neyzen Aziz Dede, Sevki Dede, Rahmi Bey, Hanende Nedim Bey, and Hacı Kirami Efendi. Sen eventually became a celebrated hanende.)

Ahmet Erdogdular, vocal
Omer Erdogdular, ney
Yurdal Tokcan, ud
Goksel Baktagir, kanun
Harold Hagopian, violin