January 31, 2021, Episode 7: Ottoman Influence: A Baroque musician, Ottoman music enthusiast, and multi-instrumentalist, Daphna Mor guest curates this episode exploring connections between east and west. As the Ottoman empire reached the zenith of its power in the 17th and early 18th century, a craze for Turkish art and music swept across Europe. Reciprocal influence meant that European musicians including Dimitrie Cantemir and Wojciech Bobowski (also known as Ali Ufki) worked in the Ottoman empire composing new works and transcribing traditional music into western notation. Oud player Kane Mathis helps us understand the building blocks of Ottoman music and Turkish violinist and multi-instrumentalist Ceren Türkmenoğlu shares her fascinating and beautiful work, which inhabits both European and Turkish classical traditions.
Ali Ufki (1610-1675)
Semâî Efrencî recording courtesy of Ceren Türkmenoğlu
Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723)
Bûselik Peşrev recording courtesy of Ceren Türkmenoğlu
Irak Saz Semai