Friday, Mar 02, 2018 8:00p -
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
$10 to $17
Mierlița (mir-LEE-tza) plays traditional Romanian music in the style of the Lautari, a class of wedding musicians that were originally a caste of the Roma people. The captivating sound of muzica lautareasca inspired violinists Jonathan Cannon and Abigale Reisman to travel to Chișinău (KI-shi-nau), where they studied with Marin Bunea, concertmaster of the Moldovan Presidential Orchestra and fifth-generation Lautar. On their return, they recruited guitarist Sasha Kern and bassist Kirsten Lamb, who draw on their jazz backgrounds to play off the traditional swingy Lautari sound.
”Mierlița” is Romanian for “little blackbird.” It comes from the name of a famous Romanian song, “Mierlița Cand e Bolnava,” whose melody is featured in the track “Lessons with Birds.”
MIerlita are Abigale Reisman - violin, Jonathan Cannon - violin
Kirsten Lamb - upright bass & Sasha Kern - guitar
Mierliţa at NEFA in 2014 ...
Ceren Türkmenoğlu (violin & voice)) & Volkan Efe (oud, ney, kemençe & ney) will perform an opening set of longas and sirtos, which are forms of traditional folk dance music in Turkey.
A classically trained violinist from Ankara, Turkey, Ceren Türkmenoğlu has a strong interest in music from around the world, In addition to performing at classical music events, Ceren also explores various other forms of music from her own country and beyond. She recently performed to a full house at the MIT Chapel on a program titled Music of Ottoman-Turkish Women Composers where she did works of numerous influential women composers dating from 17th century to present. Ceren has lived in the Boston area for just over a year now and is currently a Graduate Assistant in Longy School of Music where she studies with violinist Jesse Mills. Last summer she was also a participant in the Global Music Musician Workshop, a Silk Road Ensemble project that was launched by their cellist Mike Block.
Volkan Efe has performed with various Turkish music ensembles in Washington, DC and Chicago before moving to Boston. He performs with Orkestra Marhaba and is also a member of Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti,where he studies various forms of Ottoman music as well as traditional instruments such as tanbur, kemençe, and ney.
Ceren & Volkan along with Michael K. Harrist & Tev Stevig performing in January at the MIT Chapel
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