Online ticket sales are closed. There will be first-come-first-serve tickets available at the box office at 5:30pm on Sunday, November 13.
Presented by Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Ticket Prices: $45 (Inner Circle- Seating Near Stage), $35 (General Entry), $25 (Senior Citizens and Students with valid ID)
Tickets are available for purchase here.
All proceeds from the concert will support the efforts to help those affected by the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey, near the city of Van, on Sunday, October 23. Please also consider making additional contributions to The American Turkish Society Earthquake Fund.
For additional information please call (212) 583 7617 or visit www.maspny.org
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Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society is proud to announce a collaborative concert featuring the Istanbul-based musical ensemble Kardeş Türküler with Grammy® Winner Arto Tunçboyacıyan and special guest Ara Dinkjian.
The ensemble will play traditional Anatolian, Middle Eastern and Balkan instruments, drawing upon the rich, varied and conjoined cultural and musical traditions that are their respective birthright: Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Roma, and Armenian. Tonight’s show marks the first performance by Kardeş Türküler on an American stage. Founded on the ideal of peaceful fraternity, the project is an attempt to represent the multicultural richness of Anatolia, which in the past has led to conflicts as much as musical diversity. Kardeş Türküler offers more than just good intentions though; their virtuosity and musicianship is truly second to none.
Kardes Turkuler (Songs of Fraternity) was first formed in 1993 as a concert project organized by the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club. Its singers and dancers were among the founding members of the Boğaziçi Performing Arts Ensemble (BGST), formed in 1995, and of which Kardeş Türküler came to comprise a part. Kardeş Türküler has released six albums; performed over 130 concerts; headlined festivals throughout Turkey and Europe, and has been recognized with international accolades, including the award for “Best Film Music” at the prestigious Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2001.
Arto Tunçboyacıyan is a world-renowned percussionist and vocalist of Turkish-Armenian descent. Born and raised in Turkey alongside his beloved brother, the renowned musician Onno Tunç, Tunçboyacıyan had appeared on numerous records in Europe, including ones with Turkish pop legend Sezen Aksu, before arriving in the United States in 1981. In the US, he has worked with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Al Di Meola, Joe Zawinul and Paul Winter & The Earth Band. Tunçboyacıyan currently helms numerous collaborative music projects including The Armenian Navy Band, a fifteen man orchestra rooted in a mix of contemporary and traditional Armenian and Anatolian music; Night Ark with Ara Dinkjian, SERART with System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian and the quartet Human Element featuring Matthew Garrison, Scott Kinsey and Gary Novak. Tunçboyacıyan is the music director of Kardeş Türküler’s latest album Çocuk Haklı (The Kid is Right). He was recently afforded the honor of the 2011 Grammy® Award for Best New Age Album, Miho: Journey to the Mountain with Paul Winter Consort.
Ara Dinkjian, an American-Armenian musician, is acknowledged as one of the top oud players in the world. Born in New Jersey, Dinkjian made his debut at the 1964 New York City World’s Fair at age five and went on to earn America’s first and only special degree in the oud from Hartt College of Music in 1980. Dinkjian is the founder of Night Ark, a groundbreaking quartet that blends Anatolian roots with jazz. In 2002 and 2008, Dinkjian was chosen to represent Armenia in the international oud festivals in Thessaloniki, Greece and Jerusalem, Israel. His hit song, Homecoming (Dinata Dinata/ Sarışınım), was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Feryal Akkaya/ Fehmiye Çelik/ Vedat Yıldırım vocals
Ayhan Akkaya bass guitar
Tevfik Çekiç violin
Barış Güney baglama
Selda Öztürk percussion
Saro Usta accordion
Arto Tunçboyacıyan percussion and vocals
Ara Dinkjian oud
For press inquiries please contact John Seroff at GreenHousePublicity@gmail.com or 201-743-8536
The Moon and Stars Project Fall & Winter 2011/12 program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation
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Special thanks to our supporting organizations:
- Alliance Française (FIAF)
- Armenian Students' Association
- Armenian Network of America
- Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
- Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at City University of New York
- Radyo Turkum
- School of Visual Arts
- TED USA Alumni Association
- The Arts Initiative at Columbia University (CUarts)
- The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University
- The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University
- The Middle East Institute
- TurkishLife News
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