Marhaba (or ‘Merhaba’ in Turkish) can mean ‘welcome’ or ‘hello’ in Arabic and Turkish and is meant to reflect the sound of this group! Orkestra Marhaba started in 2011 when a quartet of musicians coming back from a concert talked about their shared curiosity around makam – a system of defining musical scales in Turkish classical music. As four minds are better than one, a working group of musicians in the Boston area came together every week with their different instruments to discover and strengthen their knowledge of makam and the world of Ottoman art music.
Since then our ranks have grown and modified, and so has our music: Ottoman court music dating from the early 16th century to modern Turkish composers, light classical love songs called şarkı, short strophic hymns called ilahi, dance pieces such as sirto and longa, timeless folk music from the Anatolian landscape, Ayinleri(compositions for dervishes to turn to whose lyrics come from Rumi’s Mathnawi) and Turkish folk songs calledtürkü. Finally, an ever evolving series of original compositions, where our minds can feel free to fly with the help of makam theory.
INÃ plays, interprets, and reinterprets music of the African-Diaspora specifically through the traditional musics of Cuba and Brazil. Through the use of just singers and drummers they engage their audience with vocal harmonies, dancing, and drumming. Having just started in May of 2016, INÃ has already performed all around Boston at Club Passim, The Lilypad, Gallery 263, New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall, CityPOP Egleston, The Museum of Fine Arts for Make Music Boston, Arts at the Armory, and Magnolia Loft presented by Journeys in Sound. Percussionist, arranger, and bandleader Julian Loida leads this Afro-Cuban and Brazilian collective as he collaborates with both students and professionals who origins and previous experience with the music can vary greatly.
Julian Loida – percussion / Mike Ringquist – percussion / Bas Janssen – Percussion / Sofia Kriger – Lead Vocals / Isabel Fine – Vocals / Lillian Oviedo Aldama – Vocals and Dance / Sandra Marcelino – Vocals and Dance