500 year old Ottoman music tradition owes a lot to the contribution of women composers, performers and teachers of Turkish music. Oldest documentations and illustrations which have survived until now of women performing music are from the 16th century. Studying musical activities of Ottoman women help us both understand the Ottoman tradition and the place of women in the music of modern Turkish society.
We will be performing works of numerous influential women composers dating from 17th century to present, some of which are Dilhayat Kalfa, Leyla Saz, Kevser Hanim, Mehves Hanim, Esma Sultan, Reftar Kalfa, Gevheri Osmanoglu, Neveser Kokdes...
Ceren Turkmenoglu - violin, rebab, bendir, voice
Volkan Efe - oud, ney, kemence, voice
Michael Harrist - bass, yayli tanbur, bendir, voice
Tev Stevig - guitars, tanbur, oud
Live! Folklife Concerts are produced, hosted and video taped by The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, celebrating 25 years of service to the community, and funded in part by the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts-Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.