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Program: #05-15, Air Date: 04/04/05

The music on this program highlights one of the most unusual recordings to unite old instruments and the modern orchestra. This special presentation is to celebrate the Istanbul International Music Festival 2005.

The recording features a variety of master instrumentalists performing with the Tefken Orchestra mostly improvised material on their chosen instruments. This recording is on Sony Music Turkey, and is CD # 099709-04524. For information about the Tefken ensemble, contact: www.tefkenorchestra.com.
To reach Sony Turkey, contact:
www.sonymusic.com.tr

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the American-Turkish Council, the American Friends of Turkey, Raymond James International Holding (independent investment and financial planning advice and investment banking services in the United States and Turkey since 1962), and the Turkish Cultural Foundation, dedicated to promoting Turkish culture and heritage.

Baglama
Arif Sag performs on this ancient Anatolian instrument, which is a multi-stringed, plucked, lute-like relative of the Central Asian kopaz.

Ney
Ercan Irmak plays the 9 node, 7 hole reed flute called the ney--found in Anatolian Turk and Sumerian excavations going back to 2800 BC.

Ud
Syrian-born Juan Karajoli plays the direct ancestor of the lute, still popular in Turkey today; the Arabic phrase el-oud means "yellow patience" (that is to say, aloe wood) from which the instrument was originally constructed.

Kemenca
The late Azerbaijani master Adalet Vezirov played this small bowed string instrument nearly unchanged from its medieval Persian origins.

Kilkobuz
Kazakhstani performer Raushan Mussakhojayeva played this small, bowed, two-stringed 9th century instrument--the strings are sounded over an open, heart-shaped sound hole.

Ceng
Uzbeki performer Sakir Hudayberdiyev plays this 3,000-year-old instrument that is the ancestor of both the medieval psaltery, the Middle Eastern santur, and the Appalachian hammer dulcimer.

Kaval
Dating back to pre-historic times, Bulgarian master (and Grammy award-winner) Theodosii Spassov plays this 8 holed flute, arguably the oldest identifiable non-percussion instrument.

CD Info

CD # 099709-04524