"What A World" -- a documentary film screening


Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present a documentary film

what a world screeningWhat A World
with Robert Labaree, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Cem Mutlu, Brenna McCrimmon, Phaedon Sinis, Mal Barsamian; featuring special appearances from Cemal Kafadar.

What A World offers a captivating look at DÜNYA which has explored a wide range of music from around the world since its founding in 2004. The film shows the ensemble performing an amazing concert of music from 20th century Istanbul while interviews with the band members reveal their diverse backgrounds as well as insights about the surprising cultural and musical links between Boston and Turkey. See the film trailer here.

This event will feature a brief talk before the screening as well as a Q & A after. 

DÜNYA (the Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Greek word for “world”), a musicians’ collective and a record label, explores a cosmopolitan view of the world through the lens of a wide range of Turkish traditions, alone and in conversation with the musics of the formerly Ottoman peoples—Greeks, Jews, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds, mystics—as well as with western and other world traditions. The DÜNYA collective includes specialists in Ottoman music, early European music, Middle Eastern Christian and Jewish music, ethnomusicology, jazz, contemporary composition and popular music. In DÜNYA projects, research and translation combine with original composition, improvisation and musical experimentation to create lively presentations, recordings and publications aimed at engaging contemporary audiences. DÜNYA seeks to work with a wide range of cultural and religious organizations and relies on no particular political, governmental or religious affiliation or support of any kind. Click here for more on DÜNYA.

ContactLiz Flanagan