Jews and Sufis

Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115

Since at least the 16th century, the Turkish maftirim repertoire – Hebrew devotional poetry set to Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue – demonstrates the deep relationships Ottoman Jews established with members of Muslim mystical brotherhoods. Leading scholar, Prof. Edwin Seroussi will briefly introduce the cultural, historical, religious and musical aspects of the topic, and the following concert program will demonstrate examples of relevant musical repertoire.

Rıdvan Aydınlı, ney, voice; Robert Labaree, çeng, voice; George Lernis, percussion; Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, ud, ney, voice and guests Edwin Seroussi, voice and Joseph Alpar, santur, voice