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An evening of Ottoman art music

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£10 General, £8 concessions, £5 Asia House Arts Members

See a live performance of Ottoman classical music by a London-based Turkish ensemble at Asia House, as part of the Arts and Learning 2017 theme of Subcultures.

Above all a vocal music, Ottoman music is traditionally a solo singer accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.

Join Yasin Onemli (vocals), Martin Stokes (Kanun) Baha Yetkin (Ud), Stavroula Constanti (Ney) for a unique live performance of subcultural Ottoman classical music.

For centuries Ottoman society has comprised of diverse religious and ethnic communities co-existing side by side.  These subcultures continued to influence one another in terms of architecture, the arts and, unsurprisingly, the musical structure of the Ottoman Empire.

Musicians of ethnic and religious communities, namely those of non-Muslim and non-Turkish background, would not only perform in their own milieu such as in churches and synagogues, thus contributing to their local or folk music tradition, but they were also encouraged to display their talents on a more central level.

Thus Ottoman music became, in a manner of speaking, an classical music amongst the other local, ethnic, and religious musical conventions, welcoming the contributions of peripheral cultures.

Consisting of a large and varied system of modes and scales known as makam, Classical Ottoman Music developed in Istanbul and other major Ottoman cities and towns of the Ottoman Empire.

The performance ends at 20.00. There will be drinks reception and a cash bar after the performance.

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March 1, 2017
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House


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63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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