Turkish music draws interest in the US
NEW YORK – Anadolu Agency
Makam New York is a non-profit organization founded by an important representative of Turkish classical music, Ahmet Erdoğdular. In the concert titled “Sounds of the Bosphorus,” Erdoğdular performed as the soloist. He was accompanied by Göksel Baktagir on the qanun, Yurdal Tokcan on the lute and Ömer Erdoğlular on the reed.
“We have students not only from New York but also from Brazil, Colombia, Australia and Canada,” he said.
“We hope the students will promote Turkish culture. This is a big honor for us; a big intercultural bridge,” Erdoğdular added.
Foreigners have taken a great interest in their classes and Turkish instruments, he said.
“At first we did not have qanun students but now we have students from even Greece and Egypt. Interest in the qanun has increased. There is already interest in the lute. Even though the reed is an instrument that cannot be played everywhere, we have nearly 10 students,” Erdoğdular said.
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He also said Erdoğdular organized concerts and workshops every year. This way, they are able to teach Turkish instruments and the structures of Turkish music to foreigners.
Baktagir also pointed out the importance of organizing such artistic events far from Turkey. He said the promotion of Turkish music was a long way.
There has been a greater interest in Makam New York concerts and workshops, said lutist Tokcan.
“This is a meeting point. We have participants from all around the world, including Tunisia, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The message this projects aims to give has reached the wider masses. Makam New York is a very important sharing point in terms of our culture, arts and music,” he said.