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Muscari - Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Music

Markey Performance Center, 7 Washington Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148

Muscari, a band of five world-class musicians united by a passion for the authentic music of the Mediterranean, borrow from the Café Aman era in song and spirit as they blend music from Turkey, Armenia, Greece, Cyprus, and other Mediterranean influences. Burcu Güleç (vocals), Melissa Lund (oud), George Lernis (percussion), Mal Barsamian (clarinet), and Panos Aivas (Kanoun) perform the complex rhythms and haunting melodies of regional music on traditional instruments. They love to unite different communities through music. You will find yourself dancing, clapping and singing along.

Adults 15.00 / Seniors and Students free

Jews & Sufis: Shared Music Traditions

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Bennington College Music, One College Drive, Bennington, Vermont 05201

From at least the 16th century up to the present, Hebrew devotional poetry (piyyutim) set to Ottoman/Turkish makam music for use in the synagogue has shown the close relationship Jews established with members of Sufi Muslim mystical communities in Ottoman regions. This program will highlight interfaith musical and cultural dialogue, showing how religious communities can—in our days, too—communicate and enrich each other.

The acclaimed DÜNYA Ensemble of Boston will perform an exciting program highlighting interfaith musical and cultural dialogue between Jews and Sufi Muslims during the Ottoman Era in what is now modern Turkey. Featured guests include Joseph Alpar, visiting music faculty at Bennington College, Dr. Edwin Seroussi, professor of musicology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a mixed chorus of singers from the Bennington College and Williams College communities together with the choir of Israel Congregation of Manchester. A part of the Carriage Barn Concert Series, this event is free and open to the public.

Jews and Sufis: Shared Music Traditions Sunday, September 15 at 3pm Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201 www.bennington.edu

DÜNYA (www.dunyainc.org) is a Boston-based musicians' collective and record label led by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol. Its goal is to explore a cosmopolitan view of the world through the lens of a wide range of Turkish traditions, alone and in conversation with the musics of the formerly Ottoman peoples—Greeks, Jews, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds, mystics—as well as with western and other world traditions.

Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and the director of the Jewish Music Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He researches North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish music, Judeo-Islamic relations in music, and Israeli popular music. A pioneer in the study of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern musical cultures and traditions, Seroussi was just awarded the 2018 Israel Prize in the music category. He has also won the Joel Engel Prize for Life Achievement in Jewish Music Research, Tel Aviv Municipality.

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

Shyam Nepali and Muscari live at Club Passim

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Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Friends, we are happy to announce that Muscari will be performing on August 27th at Club Passim as part of the Small World Big Ears series along with Shyam Nepali. Special guests: Mal Barsamian on clarinet and Panos Aivas on kanoun. Shyam Nepali 7PM - 8PM, Muscari 8PM - 9PM. We hope to see you all there!

Muscari live @ The Gallery

The Gallery in Malden, 480 Main Street , Malden, MA 02148

We are really excited to announce that Muscari will be performing for the first time at The Gallery in Malden, MA on Aug. 3rd. For this performance we are going with our full band Featuring: Melissa Lund - oud, Burcu Gulec - voice, Mal Barsamian - clarinet, Panos Aivas - Kanoun and George Lernis on darbuka, riq and bendir. We hope to see you all there.

Muscari - Winchendon Music Festival

Old Centre Church, Winchendon MA

We are really excited to announce that Muscari will be performing for the Winchendon Music Festival this year. Friends, join Muscari on June 22nd and let us take you into a musical journey through the sounds and rhythms of the Mediterranean regions and the surrounding areas. Featuring: Melissa Lund - oud, Burcu Gulec - voice, Mal Barsamian- clarinet and George Lernis - darbuka, riq and bendir. We hope to see you all there.

Muscari live @ Sabur

Sabur restaurant , 212 Holland Street , Somerville, MA 02144

Friends, we are happy to announce that after a short break Muscari will be back at the Sabur restaurant in Somerville on November 18th at 9PM for another exciting show. Our group will be performing music from the Middle East and the surrounding areas. Come and enjoy an evening of great music and lots of dancing. Joining Muscari for the first time: Panos Aivas on kanoun. The band is: Burcu Gulec - voice, Melissa Lund - oud and George Lernis - darbuka and riq. General admission $15 and $12 students.

Muscari is a New England based group of three musicians and friends that have a passion for the music of the Middle East and the surrounding areas. Our repertoire includes: Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Armenian and Balkan music. Our goal is to share our love for this music with others, to promote diversity and to bring together the different communities around us with our music.

The band includes:

Burcu Gulec - Voice Melissa Lund - Oud George Lernis - Percussion

Special guest: Panos Aivas - Kanoun

Doors open at 9PM, show starts at 9:30PM $15 general admission, $12 student discount

If you are planning on attending reservations are highly recommended.

For reservations please call: 617.776.7890

Address: 212 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol trio

Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave , Somerville MA, 02144

Grammy nominated composer and DownBeat’s September 2016 Editor’s pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol performs his unique blend of energetic and innovative Turkish music influenced contemporary Jazz before he travels with his trio to Paris to perform at Jazzy Colors festival. Sanlıkol will be accompanied by George Lernis on drums & percussion, and James Heazlewood-Dale on bass. General Admission: $15 - tickets will be sold at the door

Whatsnext? Live at Famagusta Jazz Festival

Famagusta (Cyprus) Festival, Famagusta

Details Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Whatsnext? Live at Burca Festival Turkey

Burca (Turkey)

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Whatsnext? Live at Istanbul Jazz festival (Turkey)

Zorlu PSM Drama Stage, Istanbul

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Mehmet Ali Salnikol @ Whatsnext? Featuring Tiger Okoshi

Ryles Jazz CLub, 212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Grammy nominated bandleader/composer and DownBeat's September 2016 Editors pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol kicks off a Summer tour with concerts in the US, Turkey and Cyprus, at Ryles Jazz Club with a giant of jazz, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and his genre-busting 12-piece band Whatsnext?

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences!

The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized", "...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in musics future in the world."

Price: $15

SCBC fundraising concert

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Somerville Community Baptist church, 31 College Ave , Somerville, MA 02144

SCBC is celebrating March as Missions Month this year. The SCBC Missions Board will be presenting a fundraising concert and dinner, Saturday March 25th at 5pm. Individual $15. Family $20.

Under the theme of “In Our Spiritual Journey,” the concert will feature a musical dialogue between Mina Cho and her group on the history of SCBC as a faith community. Particularly, the program will reflect the themes of "love, struggle, and unity" by juxtaposing the music of the renowned Greek clarinetist from Epirus, Petroloukas Halkias, whose musical path is informed by his sincere dedication to the tradition of Greek music, and Mina Cho's responding compositions.

Musicians Piano: Mina Cho Drums: George Lernis Bass: Neil Patton Laouto: Vasilis Kostas

I hope to see you all there and have an amazing time together!

A Caravan of Song

Eliot Church - Newton Corner

An evocative musical journey! Exotically beautiful music by American composer Abbie Betinis based on the timeless poetry by the 14th c. Sufi mystic Hâfez Zesty music of medieval life and longing by the French Troubadours.

With Special guests DUO MARESIENNE: Carol Lewis, vielle and Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, oud and Na’ama Lion, medieval flute • George Lernis, percussion