7th Annual Turkish Music Institute Workshop

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Date(s) - 03/16/2018 - 03/20/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Studios 150

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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.

Ahmet Erdoğdular, Ottoman singing
Ahmet Erdoğdular is one of the most important musicians, researchers, composers and teachers of the new generation in Turkish classical music. Ahmet is well-known in Turkey for his work in reviving a number of older classical forms that are no longer performed (or even studied). A musical prodigy who’s father is one of Turkey’s leading performers of ney (end-blown flute), Ahmet began concertizing and recording as a teenager. He began his formal musical studies at an early age with his father, neyzen Ömer Erdoğdular, later continuing his musical development under the tutelage of renowned musician Niyazi Sayın. Ahmet graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc., a non-profit organization presenting Turkish classical music and arts. Ahmet Erdoğdular has performed in leading festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States performing both Ottoman classical and Sufi music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the Graduate Center of City University of New York, Graduate Center. Ahmet’s two latest albums, Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love have received worldwide acclaim. He also performs on the traditional lutes tanbur and oud as well as on percussion. www.ahmeterdogdular.com

Ross Daly, Modal Music
Ross Daly Ross Daly, at a very early age, discovered that music was, in his own words, “the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred”. This dialogue eventually led him to the great modal traditions of the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent where he finally found the musical archetypes that he had been searching for all his life. He travelled extensively, studying under many of the world’s greatest masters of modal traditions. Since 1975 he has been based on the island of Crete where he is universally recognized as one of the foremost experts on the island’s rich musical tradition. In 1982 he established the Labyrinth Musical Workshop, a unique educational institution dedicated to the study of the world’s modal musical traditions. After many years of intensive training in a variety of musical traditions, Ross Daly turned his attention largely to composition drawing heavily on all of the knowledge which he acquired during his long apprenticeships. Today he has released more than thirty five albums of his own compositions as well as of his own arrangements of traditional melodies that he collected during his travels. www.rossdaly.com

Yurdal Tokcan, ud
Yurdal Tokcan is being regarded as one of the finest oud players in the world today by many music authorities. His style combines older traditions with many new stylistic innovations, which are also present in his playing of the fretless guitar. His new compositions combine traditional rich melodies with polyphonic textures performed on Turkish classical instruments. Tokcan is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University’s Turkish State Conservatory. In 1990, he joined Ministry of Culture’s Istanbul State Classical Turkish Music Ensemble under the artistic direction of Tanburi Necdet Yasar. He is a member of the Istanbul Fasil Ensemble and the Istanbul Tasavvuf Music Ensemble, and a founding member of the Istanbul Sazendeleri, a group dedicated to presenting Turkish instrumental works. Tokcan has performed internationally and participated in many recordings. He also teaches, sharing his knowledge, experience, and technique with Turkish and foreign students. www.yurdaltokcan.com

Ömer Erdoğdular, ney
Ömer Erdoğdular started studying music while still a child. A student of Niyazi Sayın, he is one of the most renowned master ney (reed flute) players and teacher of Turkish classical music. He participated in many radio and TV programs, orchestras and concerts in a period when ney just began to be rediscovered in Turkey. He collaborated in concerts and recordings with Bekir Sıtkı Sezgin, tanburi Necdet Yaşar and kemençevi İhsan Özgen. In 1987 he became a member of the Ministry of Culture’s State Istanbul Classical Turkish Music Ensemble founded by Necdet Yaşar of which he is still an active member. As a soloist, a member of the State Istanbul Classical Turkish Music Ensemble and also the Necdet Yaşar Ensemble, Ömer Erdoğdular performed in Turkey, Europe, United States, Japan and the Middle East participating in various festivals, concerts and recitals. He devotes a significant amount of his time to teaching, both in Istanbul, Turkey and in seminars and workshops abroad, such as the Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Greece, Makamhane in Austria and the Sufi Music Retreat in the United States. www.omererdogdular.com

Goksel Baktagir, kanun
Goksel Baktagir started his musical education at the age of eight under his father Muzaffer Baktagir. Göksel graduated from the State Conservatory of Turkish Music at Istanbul Technical University in 1988, where he also completed his masters degree. During his graduate studies, he was appointed as a Kanun player to the Istanbul State Turkish Music Group, which was directed by tanbur player Necdet Yaşar. Baktagir gave many concerts with the Necdet Yaşar Ensemble and other groups in England, France, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Canada, the US, Malaysia, Argentine, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Turkmenistan. Baktagir composed more than two hundred pieces for vocals and instruments. His album Doğu Rüzgârı was awarded by Turkish Writers Association in 2000. Since 1984, He has broadened his perspective towards other world music such as New Age and jazz and has given concerts with various western jazz groups and artists such as Susan Kalifastaıris and Lawrence Morris. His performance with Lawrence “Butch” Morris in Akbank Jazz Festival (1995) was released as an album in 1996. The concert, which he gave with Burhan Öçal, Arif Erdebil, Yurdal Tokcan and Selim Güler in France, resulted in another album Orient Secret. In 2000, Baktagir gave the concert “Selimname-Evrensele Açılan Kapının Aydınlık Sesleri” with Mercan Dede Ensemble. He also participated in Mercan Dede’s group “Secret Tribe”, and gave many concerts in various cities in France, Holland, Germany and Turkey in 2002. As a saz player, he performed in concerts with Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra in Turkey and Japan in 2004. Since 1998, Baktagir has been giving concerts with Istanbul Sazendeleri Ensemble in Turkey. He also teaches at the Haliç University Conservatory. www.gokselbaktagir.com

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