Robert Labaree, with an Ottoman harp


Istanbul:  East Meets West
Dünya Recreates Istanbul in the Baroque Era

January 24―28

In the spirit of exploration, CSEM presents Dünya, an early music ensemble of six who imaginatively trace the varied musical currents that swirled around Istanbul in the 17th and 18th centuries.  European musicians and styles flowed into the great Ottoman capital, while Eastern music of different sorts was carried into Europe.  The complex musical interactions are portrayed in a program drawn from a wide array of materials:  excerpts from European travelers’ accounts; the unique manuscript of a 17th-century sultan's leader of palace music―a Polish convert to Islam; popular, courtly and religious music from both sides; and Ottoman music transcribed by European observers. Some of the remarkable instruments have been lovingly reconstructed from early miniature paintings that evoke a lost world.

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol


Tom Zajac, with panpipe                                               BACK TO HOMEPAGE