Esplanade Presents


Talk: Rumi & Music of the Whirling Dervishes

Kudsi Erguner (Türkiye)

13 Apr 2024, Sat, 2.30pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Bay Room (Meeting Point: Concert Hall entrance, 15mins before start time.)

Free, fully registered

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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 robes of pure white, 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 Türkiye, 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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Admission Age:
10 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

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, 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, who was the last great master of that instrument, and the former director of Radio İstanbul. In his parents’ house, young Erguner 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 that strive towards freedom and ecstasy are embodied 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 amongst others. Erguner is also renowned for his collaboration with Peter Gabriel for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

Date & Time

13 Apr 2024, Sat


Esplanade Bay Room

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