Turkish musicians & Whirling Dervishes join Brandenburg for Ottoman Baroque in Australia

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Sevil Oren Konakci, FTNnews’ MICE editor, will be leading a group of Whirling Dervishes (Semazen) and Mitrip Group, with the Vice-President of the International Mevlana Foundation, Esin Celebi Bayru, to Sydney, Australia for a series of concerts that will take place between 22 and 31 October 2014.

sevil-orenLast year as Sevil was visiting her family in Australia/Sydney, she was asked by Esin Celebi Bayru if she could look into this matter whilst in Sydney. After a series of meetings with the Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer, the project had to happen. The excitement and vision of Paul had captured Sevil as with the approaching of 2015, 100 years of the Anzac at Gallipoli, this event could pave the way for future performance of the Brandenburg Baroque Orchestra in Turkey.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ottoman Baroque series of concerts brings great excitement to the Music and Culture Life in Sydney with this series of 6 concerts.

The performances will feature some of Turkey’s finest exponents of the kudün (drum), qanun (a plucked string instrument), tambur (a fretted string instrument) and ney (a reed flute) and will culminate with the arrival of the spellbinding Whirling Dervishes.

whirling dervish

Tracing the journey of a mystical and imaginary traveller throughout Europe, Paul Dyer has designed a musical journey reflecting the riches, mysteriousness, influences and exotic sound of the far away Orient.

“The imaginary traveller idea was central to connecting the geographical, cultural and spiritual journey across Europe to the Middle East,” says Paul. “The music a traveller would have heard would have been a rich part of the experience in each city visited, as it is the basis for entertainment, dancing, ritual and spirituality.”

In Ottoman Baroque, ‘our traveller’ hears:

• in FRANCE, a Turkish-inspired march by Lully, the master of the French baroque style, and music by his pupil Marais.

• in GERMANY, Telemann’s take on the Turkish sound and style.

• in ITALY, Allegri’s transcendent choral work Miserere, which has been performed in the Sistine Chapel since 1630

• in SPAIN, the famous Fandango by Boccherini

• in GREECE, the Karsilamas, Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko dances

• and in TURKEY, mystical, ceremonial Ottoman music accompanying the Whirling Dervishes with original instruments

“Ottoman Baroque will not only be a spectacle but also a powerful and moving experience,” says Paul Dyer. “This is a landmark event in Brandenburg history which will expand our experience of baroque music and instruments. Not to be missed!”

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