Musical Performance: A Kurdish Newroz Celebration

Sat, March 27, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Emrah Kanisicak (vocals, ba─člama, cura, classical guitar)
Erol Ak (shepherd flute, ney)
Ramzi Edlibi(percussion)
Çemen Yumlu (vocals)

Tickets: $20, available at the door or online here. (surcharge applies; use printout as ticket.); $15 student tickets available at door.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

To listen to Emrah Kanisicak, click here.

About Kurdish Newroz:

Newroz or Nûroj, the 21st of March, is the celebration of the New Year among the 35 million Kurds living within many Middle Eastern and South Asian communities, including Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkey. In Kurdish legend, the Newroz holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant. Though celebrations vary, people generally gather together to welcome the coming of spring; people wear colored clothes and flags of green, yellow and red, the colours of the Kurdish people are waved.

Tonight's musicians will draw from the vast number of melodies found in Kurdish repertoire throughout the Kurdish world.

About the Musicians:

Emrah Kanisicak is a classically trained musician. Born in a small village near Bingol, Turkey, he grew up in the musical traditions of Anatolia, playing Kurdish, Elewi (Alevi), and Turkish folk music starting at the age of six under the tutelage of his father, and went on to study and perform the repertoire of the classical guitar. A graduate of Dokuz Eylül University’s Department of Music, he has composed music for many plays in Turkey and continues to do so for theaters in New York City alongside his solo performances. He has performed with the Cercis Trio at the Makor Center in New York City, as well as CUNY and Alwan for the Arts. Other performances in New York City include INTAR; Newroz Concerts at Theatre Row; "Ottoman Poetry" produced by Story Nights at Columbia University; and MAHMUD AND YEZIDA at The Producers Club (composer and performer). Mr. Kanisicak performed music for the film, DAVID AND LAYLA.

Last updated: 2010-03-11 04:14:06

Emrah Kanisicak
Emrah Kanisicak

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