Tales from Another Classical Music: with Orkestra Marhaba
Presented by Lexington Community Education
May 18, 2013
Join us for an introduction to some of the instruments of Turkish music, and the melodic language they use, known as Makam. The Orkestra Marhaba is a local study group formed to learn the rhythms, songs and styles of this wonderful tradition. The evening is designed to leave time for questions and to be of interest to listeners and musicians of all ages.
The Orkestra Marhaba (The Hello Orchestra) under the direction of Lexingtonian Fred Stubbs, was formed to introduce classical and jazz audiences to the Eastern Makam (modal) tradition. Drawn from the membership of a two-year study group, Orkestra Marhaba’s ranks comprise artists, students, teachers, engineers, social workers, healers and musicians. The repertoire includes instrumental and vocal compositions from the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican period, set between solo and group improvisations (taksim) that offer the listener exciting and unscripted voyages into the Eastern Modal soundscape known as Makam. The instruments used are a combination of modern (violin, cello, oboe, clarinet) and traditional: ney (seven-holed, end-blown flute) is closely associated with sacred and traditional classical music in Turkey as well as other countries in the Middle East and Asia, ‘ud (lute), tanbur (long necked plucked lute with metal strings), bendir (frame drum), and keman (violin).
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, using a VISA or MasterCard, by calling LCE at 781 862 8043.