Esplanade Presents | A Tapestry of Sacred Music


Ottoman Sufi Music and the Ceremonies of the Whirling Dervishes

Kudsi Erguner (Turkey) 
22 Apr 2018Sun
1hr 15mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Recital Studio

The ceremonies of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Sufi Order have captivated viewers with its mesmerising beauty and solemn music. Through physical active meditation, the devotees spin in circles wearing pure white robes, bringing them to a state that allows a personal experience of the divine. Though sometimes known to the outside world as an iconic cultural expression of Turkey, little is understood of the significance and symbolisms of the act of whirling and of the music. In this session, master ney flute player and UNESCO Artist for Peace Kudsi Erguner will give an introduction of the intricacies of the Mevlevi ceremonies and music.

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About Kudsi Erguner
Kudsi Erguner is one of the foremost ney (Turkish reed-flute) masters of our times. He is also considered as an authority of traditional Sufi music. Erguner has a restless innovative mind and has in a series of internationally acclaimed projects introduced Ottoman and Sufi music to the world. He lives and works in Paris as a musician, composer, musicologist, teacher and author.

Erguner was born into a musical family with Sufi tradition stretching back four generations. He is the only Turkish musician of his generation to have been taught the ney in the classic aural tradition by his father, Ulvi Erguner, the last great master of that instrument, and the former director of Radio İstanbul. In his parents’ house he was fortunate enough to meet many established musicians from the older generation that held the key to Sufi tradition. Hundreds of years of musical culture which strove towards freedom and ecstasy are reflected in Erguner’s music and playing.

He has performed and collaborated with a wide range of internationally celebrated artists such as Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, Markus Stockhausen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Jordi Savall, among others. Erguner is also renowned for his collaboration with Peter Gabriel for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

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