Music of Turkish-Ottoman Women Composers


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The CMES Sohbet-i Osmani Lecture Series presents

two_musician_girls by Osman HamdiMusic of Turkish Ottoman Women Composers with

Ceren Turkmenoglu - Violin, Rebab, Bendir, Voice
Volkan Efe - Oud, Ney, Kemence, Voice
Michael Harrist - Yayli Tanbur, Bendir, Double Bass
Tev Stevig - Tanbur, Saz, Oud

Free and open to the public.

The 500 year old Ottoman music tradition owes a lot to the contribution of women composers, performers and teachers of Turkish music and with their project Music of Turkish-Ottoman Women Composers, these musicians aim to shed light to the composers works of art, and present this unique genre of music with its traditional instruments. Oldest documentations and illustrations which have survived  from the Ottoman period until now of women performing music are from the 16th century. Studying works of women composers help us understand the Ottoman tradition in a historical and musical context, and also the place of women in the music of Turkey, from then up until now.

This event will begin with a short talk by Zehra Tülin Değirmenci (Musicologist) entitled: A Woman Composer in the Hamparsum Manuscripts, “REFTÂR”.

Please note: the Geological Lecture Hall is inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Image: Two Musician Girls (2nd half of the 19th century), Osman Hamdi Bey

Contact: Liz Flanagan